#1
Hi UG,
Bought a guitar on eBay, and it's time for the seller to ship it to me.
He suggested that he would detune for the journey, and I replied saying that this could warp the neck if the tension is taken off. He then replied that he wanted it this way because he wasn't sure about how the Floyd Rose would react to the fluctation temperatures on board the aircraft, and suggested that the string blocks could expand and contract.
Which should I choose?
It's a UK to UK delivery.
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#2
I would tell him to keep the guitar in tune... If it is UK to UK delivery it shouldn't take long so it won't probably happen nothing bad to the guitar.
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#4
Whenever shipping a guitar travels in an aircraft, it should be detuned. The lack of pressure in the cargo hold can cause neck warping due to the temp if the strings are not detuned. I read it somewhere : )
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#5
Yeah, it's common practice to detune guitars when shipping via air-cargo
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#6
Yeah, but it's also widespread that these are all myths. I'm just not sure which to go for.
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Yeah, but it's also widespread that these are all myths. I'm just not sure which to go for.
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I always say better safe than sorry. Less tension = safer. Detune it.

Though, I don't think any damage will occur either way, but why not be safe...

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#8
Yes but, I have no idea which is the safest!
The neck is designed to hold that tension, so if you release it the plane could just mess it up even more than usual.
Or the plane could mess it up with the tension on more, so I have no idea.
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#9
That one is a myth...

Removing the string tension will NOT hurt anything..

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#12
I'd say half a step down would be fine. Make sure he bubble wraps the guitar in the case so it doesn't shift at all in transit. That would be worse than not loosening the strings.
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#13
I discussed this with several people who ship guitars. I wouldn't worry about the Floyd but it is always a good idea to take the tension off the neck by detuning the strings when shipping a guitar. If a guitar get banged around in shipping it's possible for the neck or headstock to crack easier or even break. I just actually experienced a problem with a guitar in shipping. It had a slight crack in the neck that actually was made much worse because they didn't take the tension off the strings. Most people who ship guitar know what to do. Mine all seem to come with plenty of padding and double boxed.

Don't worry about tension on the strings/neck. I have guitars that lay around for months with no strings, necks in boxes and not one ever got ruined.

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#15
just take the strings off as a whole and ask him to protect the floyd rose with some packaging material also make sure the neck is nicely cushioned
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