One of the things I fear most is whenever I have to travel or ship one of my guitars. Sending your baby out with a stranger in a box just seems wrong!
There are definitely a few things you can do to help ensure that your guitar arrives safe and sound without any damage however and I thought I’d make a quick list for everyone needing to ship their guitar.
I’ve been fairly lax in the past when it comes to shipping / flying with my guitar but one thing I’ve heard is that it’s definitely best to loosen off your strings so I always do that.
Here is a good tip I found over on Delcamp – another reason it’s a good idea to make friends at your music store
Get a proper guitar shipping box as the outer, poss from your local music shop. Make sure this is big enough for the guitar you intend to ship, I’ve seen these where the guitar is 2 inches longer than the box and it has been shipped with the open box ends taped down offering no protection to the contents.
Some people use foam chippings to take up the space between the guitar case and the cardboard but crumpled newspaper works as well.
Buy insurance from your carrier.
As for recommended shippers, I’ve used FedEx here in Canada and have had no problems. The guy over at riffs guitar sales recommends UPS as well:
I have personally had great success with UPS throughout the years for shipping. Make sure you purchase sufficient insurance to cover the intire amount that the customer is paying for the guitar. Call your customer and let them know that the guitar is on the way.
And speaking of RiffsGuitarSales.com here is a great Youtube video where the guy explains everything in detail – sounds like they ship a lot of guitars – definitely worth a watch:
Hope that provides a little insight, thanks for stopping by!