#1
I am sending one of my guitars to a relative and when I asked the woman at the post office about it, she told me that if the guitar is in a hard case, they can ship it just as it is. I have packed the hell out of the case and the insides are insulated with packing quite well. (The guitar is not moving or shifting inside the case)

My only issue is I'm worried the guitar could possibly be damaged in shipping. Although most guitar f.a.q.s that I have read suggest a 20 x 8 x 50 shipping box, I fail to see how one would benefit considering that the guitar is already in a protective shell designed for such traveling any way. In short, I really don't see the point in obtaining that specific of a box (and they are a royal pain to find btw) when the hard case should be enough protection already.

Has anyone here ever sent a guitar through the mail in just it's case? And if so, did it arrive safely?
#2
I needs to be shipped in an ATA approved flight case. Or you need to put the case you have in a box and pack it in very very well.
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#3
MMmmmmmm i live in the UK and bought a guitar from Canada.
It was shipped in just a standard hardcase and was fine.
Its what they're designed for.
#4
Can you describe the padding that was inside the case? Was it bubble wrap, newspaper etc etc?


(Thank you for your help btw)
#5
my guitar made it to Russia and back with me in just it's case(from Florida) without a scratch

i wouldn't wory
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Quote by REMfan1
MMmmmmmm i live in the UK and bought a guitar from Canada.
It was shipped in just a standard hardcase and was fine.
Its what they're designed for.


no it isn't. Flight cases are designed for that, if standard hard cases where enough they wouldn't have to make flight cases. I've seen multiple guitars get damaged from being shipped/moved in hard cases.
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no it isn't. Flight cases are designed for that, if standard hard cases where enough they wouldn't have to make flight cases.


Well in my experience they are enough

There was no extra padding or anything, just a case and a guitar.
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Well in my experience they are enough

There was no extra padding or anything, just a case and a guitar.


Yeah sometimes they are enough, but sometimes they aren't it's not a worthwhile gamble IMO.
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#10
I personally wouldn't take the risk.
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#11
I dunno about if my guitar case could, but I toured Europe with my trombone in just its case, and it came home just fine. So yes, I do believe the guitar should be fine.
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I once flew from france to Ireland with my guitar in just a gig bag stuffed wth loads of clothes, despite ryanair's greatest efforts it arrived at its destination in one piece!
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#14
I've never seen a guitar get damaged like that and I've bought several off of the internet. If you're really worried just pack it tight with newspaper/bubblewrap with no wiggle room and you'll be fine. tape the seams though.
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Oh, and don't forget to losen the strings a bit.
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