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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-04-2009, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

I ordered a brand new Ibanez RGT42DX over the weekend, and I'm supposed to be getting it in about 12 hours. I'm very pissed at the current temperature which is in the single digits, and wind chills down to -10 degrees F (-23 degrees C). So who else has had a guitar shipped in temperatures like this before?

I'm smart enough to make sure to let it acclimate to indoor temperatures before opening the box. Any idea on how long I should wait? Is the finish/binding/inlays etc going to be jacked up or weakened now by being in that kind of weather?

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I'm no expert with guitars and extremely low temperatures, but I'd say postpone the delivery!!!

It's not worth the risk.
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It's been shipping for over a day, 2/3 of the trip. Almost here.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

my 540P-II seemed allright after a really cold 4-day transport from Sweden to Denmark back in December. Sure, it might not be the best thing ever to do to a guitar, but it should be allright. I don't know if the wood will warp, but I don't think it'll be much.

When you think about it, the very tree from which the neck and body has been carved might have been exposed to the coldness of winter 30-50 times before it was used for your guitar. It's not the most bulletproof argument ever, but you should be OK.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

Hmmm good point, and it can't be postponed obviously.

If anything like wood was to warp, it would just change back once temperature is normal, right?

Since it's nearly there, I guess all you can do is wait and see.

Good luck and I hope you have fun with the RG!
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When you think about it, the very tree from which the neck and body has been carved might have been exposed to the coldness of winter 30-50 times before it was used for your guitar. It's not the most bulletproof argument ever, but you should be OK.
Yeah, true. From what I understand wood is fairly reseliant to temperature changes, it's just the finish and brittle binding I'm concerned about it. The guitar is also a neck thru, so the entire thing is painted. I'm mostly worried because it is a brand new guitar.

What temperatures did your 540P-II endure? Did you leave it in the shipping box for a while, or open it right up?
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

hopefully, it's being shipped in a case. if this is true, let it sit in the case for several hours once you get it indoors .. overnight, ideally, with the kind of temperature ranges you're talking .. before opening it.

if it's not being shipped in a case, drive the guitar over to where it was shipped and smack the shipper in the crotch with it.

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if it's not being shipped in a case, drive the guitar over to where it was shipped and smack the shipper in the crotch with it.

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No, no case. I bought it from MF.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

First off, don't worry about the wind chill temperature. Inanimate objects will not get colder than the ambient temperate. All the wind will do is make them cool down faster to the ambient temperature (the temperature before wind chill is calculated in). Think of it this way - meteorologists always say "It's 32 degrees right now but it feels like 2 degree." Only humans and animals can feel temperature so wind chill only affects them.

With that out of the way, I worked for a music store in the Northeast that shipped guitars between stores all the time. Just because the guitar is not in a case doesn't mean it's not adequately protected from the cold. Like someone already said, just let it sit overnight and you'll be fine.
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First off, don't worry about the wind chill temperature. Inanimate objects will not get colder than the ambient temperate. All the wind will do is make them cool down faster to the ambient temperature (the temperature before wind chill is calculated in). Think of it this way - meteorologists always say "It's 32 degrees right now but it feels like 2 degree." Only humans and animals can feel temperature so wind chill only affects them.
SCIENCE.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

It blinded me!
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

It'll be fine. MF shipped me an acoustic before, and i live in iowa. Can get nasty around here (up to -38*C + wind). They usually double box it, but if you wanna be certain that they do, just order a pint glass or somethin, they'll put the hoshino box inside another bigger box with plenty of paper (insulation).

They triple box mine. MF box + hoshino shipping box + ibanez guitar box
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

Yeah it'll be fine.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

My guitar still hasn't arrived, but the replies are making me more optimistic. It'd be great if mine was triple boxed too. Not to mention, they probably have the guitar in a couple plastic / styerfoam bags, not sure if that helps or not. And I won't be opening it until tonight maybe tomorrow.

Didn't know that about the wind chill, but I feel like I've read it before, I'll have to remember that.
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Re: Getting an Ibanez shipped to you in below zero temp. Anybody do this before?

post pics as soon as you can open it.
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