You are about to ship your precious guitar. Are you anxious and full of stress. You shouldn,t be. Shipping a guitar, bass or other instrument is a lot easier than you might think. Read this tips for packing and shipping your guitar and see our recommendations on how to pack and ship as safely, securely and functionally as possible.
What you'll required.
- Newspaper or other packing material
- A box (Intermove offer a variety of boxes for your safe packing)
- Packing tape
1.Prepare the Guitar
Before the guitar is even in its case, there are some important steps you can take. (Don't worry: If you're shipping without a case or gig bag, these same steps apply).
- Loosen the strings. You don't necessarily need to detune entirely, but it's a good idea to lessen the tension on the neck at least somewhat. Because the hight pressure on the string might cause damage during packing. And, you definitely don,t want that.
- Secure any movable parts. Nothing should be able to rattle around during transit, so it's important to secure components such as tremolo bridges. This can be accomplished by wrapping the part in newspaper or other packing material so that every part of the guitar would be fixed.
- Wrap the headstock. The headstock is a very sensitive part of the guitar, so you want to make sure it's nice, snug and secured. Again, wrapping it in newspaper,plain paper, bubble wrap or other material will work just fine.
- Separate strings from fretboard with newspaper. This will keep the strings from smacking up against the fretboard in transit. Simply take a strip of newspaper and slide it between the bottom of the strings and the fretboard. In that way the strings will be preserved during transport.
2. Fill the space around the guitar
The idea here is to prevent the guitar from moving inside the box during shipment. You want to remove empty space in the case by filling any areas around the guitar with balled-up newspaper or other packing materials.
If there's no empty space within the case, the guitar won't be able to shift and slide around. And if it doesen,t shift and slide it will be like piece of rock. Firm and steady for any handling around.
3. Pack guitar, fill the space around it, tape it up
The same principle applies for the case inside the box. Try to fill in any empty space so that the case and the guitar are as fixed as possible. Again, the idea is to eliminate the potential for the case to move around within the box and cause harm on your shipment.
Now all that's left is to seal the box with packing tape so that every side of the box would be taped, and send it on its way.
With this simple process you can rest assured that your guitar will get where it's going without worrying about it,s safety. And you can keep on rocking on it wherever you go.