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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Shipping a guitar without a case

Hey guys,

Im about to ship a guitar but I dont have a hardshell case for it. In the past I've received guitars without hardshell cases and they have been totally fine, but I forget how the one guy that sent me one disassembled did it.


Whats the best way to do it if I disassemble?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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Re: Shipping a guitar without a case

Its always best to leave it strung under tension, but if you want to split it apart, heres how I would suggest doing it.

Remove strings

LOOSEN THE TRUSS ROD. Put a peice of tape of masking tape over the neck telling the buyer to remember to tighten it back up

Bubble wrap the neck copiously. Box it up tight

For the body Its pretty simple, just wrap it up. I stick rolled up cardboard tubes to create support points on the neck joint, and then rolled up cardboard in each corner and tape them in.


edit: there is more then one way to skin a cat, this is just how I've done it successfully in the past.
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Re: Shipping a guitar without a case

Yeah that's what I was thinking of doing as well. Curious though, why bother loosening the truss rod? I left an RG 7421 unbolted with no string tension in my garage for a year once, and the neck was fine after, just needed a bit of an adjustment.
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Re: Shipping a guitar without a case

If you send them detached, I wonder if (in addition to other packing and precautions), you could put the neck inside one of those sturdy poster/mailing tubes. I thought of this recently when sending a guitar to be refinished. I was contemplating sending it sans case with the body and neck detached. I have a bunch of these tubes in my office for storing project posters and whatnot, and they're really sturdy--you can practically stand on them without crushing them. I thought they'd be sweet as extra protection for the neck inside the bigger shipping box. I didn't end up doing it though--I sent them attached and in the case instead (at the request of the guy doing the refinishing).

If you can find one of those tubes and it's long enough, it might afford some extra protection/support. Put the neck inside the tube, fill the dead space (inside the tube) with whatever--bubble wrap or paper--then wrap the tube in bubble wrap and put that in the bigger box with the body.

I think the body's pretty easy. Just wrap the hell out of it with the big bubble wrap... so there's a good 6"-8" of bubble wrap on all sides.
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Yeah that's what I was thinking of doing as well. Curious though, why bother loosening the truss rod? I left an RG 7421 unbolted with no string tension in my garage for a year once, and the neck was fine after, just needed a bit of an adjustment.
Its honestly simply a "better safe then sorry" precaution. Think about it, you get a steel beam inside the neck putting lots of pressure to bend the neck against the strings. When you remove the strings, its simply pushing with no resistance and can actually warp the neck.
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If you send them detached, I wonder if (in addition to other packing and precautions), you could put the neck inside one of those sturdy poster/mailing tubes. I thought of this recently when sending a guitar to be refinished. I was contemplating sending it sans case with the body and neck detached. I have a bunch of these tubes in my office for storing project posters and whatnot, and they're really sturdy--you can practically stand on them without crushing them. I thought they'd be sweet as extra protection for the neck inside the bigger shipping box. I didn't end up doing it though--I sent them attached and in the case instead (at the request of the guy doing the refinishing).

If you can find one of those tubes and it's long enough, it might afford some extra protection/support. Put the neck inside the tube, fill the dead space (inside the tube) with whatever--bubble wrap or paper--then wrap the tube in bubble wrap and put that in the bigger box with the body.

I think the body's pretty easy. Just wrap the hell out of it with the big bubble wrap... so there's a good 6"-8" of bubble wrap on all sides.
Yeah sounds good! I found a prestige case btw, check your fb messages!


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Its honestly simply a "better safe then sorry" precaution. Think about it, you get a steel beam inside the neck putting lots of pressure to bend the neck against the strings. When you remove the strings, its simply pushing with no resistance and can actually warp the neck.
Good call, you are right 110%!
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Re: Shipping a guitar without a case

I shipped this guitar to Australia in pieces with no case.



The buyer didn't want the case and wanted to save on the expensive shipping charge, which is calculated by total box dimensions. I think he saved something like $150.

I took a regular guitar box which is slightly bigger than a standard case and cut it down. I used a ton of bubble wrap on the parts. I made caps out of bubble wrap for both ends of the neck and then re-wrapped the whole thing. Same for both horns on the guitar. Trem was wrapped up in a bubble in there too. Then the key is to have the whole box packed TIGHT with packing peanuts.

I've received a complete guitar that was just really wrapped in bubble wrap and two guitars in gig bags. It's all about using adequate packing. If you shake the box and can hear it moving around inside, that's not enough packing material. That's how damage happens.

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Re: Shipping a guitar without a case

Check with your local guitar store, and see if / how they've done this in the past.
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