#1
Dumb question I know, but its been a few years since I last got a guitar online and I'm planning on listing one of mine on eBay so I'm a bit curious.
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#2
isnt it like shipping anything else
put it in a box with good protection
if it has a case that would be best
#3
A LOT of bubble wrap. Go to your local U-Haul, or something like that and they have what you need.
#4
Quote by supersac
isnt it like shipping anything else
put it in a box with good protection
if it has a case that would be best

No ****ing kidding. I don't have a case for it and was wondering if putting it in a regular box with some packaging would be enough to keep it safe or if I needed to do anything else with it, but I appreciate the remark

^Interesting, I wouldn't have considered going to a U Haul. I'll have to check that out a bit more
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#5
Quote by IsThereLoveInSp
No ****ing kidding. I don't have a case for it and was wondering if putting it in a regular box with some packaging would be enough to keep it safe or if I needed to do anything else with it, but I appreciate the remark

^Interesting, I wouldn't have considered going to a U Haul. I'll have to check that out a bit more


Find a box that will fit it, cut some foam chunks and stick it around the guitar to stop it from shifting around in the box. Put bubble wrap underneath and over top the guitar.
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#6
When I ordered a guitar online it came wrapped in bubble wrap inside a soft case in a cardboard box, and it was in pretty good shape so I'm going off that.
#7
I just go to the local music store and they will give me an original packing box for free. Might not be the same brand as I'm shipping but as long as the it's long enough to fit the guitar I'm shipping it will work.

Typically, this will be a semi-triangular or trapezoid shaped box with styrofoam blocks for the neck that goes into a heavy outer carton. Pack the guitar in the inner box heavily with bubble wrap and put lots of peanuts or wadded up Wal-Mart bags into the outer carton to keep the inner box centered and stable.

I've had no problems with this method.

Fed-Ex is as cheap as anyone and my experience is that they are more careful with the merchandise than UPS or the postal service.

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#8
^that.

Every guitar I've ever bought online has come shipped like that, and nothing was ever remotely wrong with any of them.

At least 85% of guitars ship without HSC. It's not at all like you need one to ship.
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#9
the first thing is to see if you can get one of those triangle/trapezoid boxes from a guitar store. then you put the guitar in that with some padding (packing peanuts, styrofoam, bubble wrap, etc). then you put that box into another rectangular box that is a little bit larger, and use a bit more packing material. wadded up news paper actually works well between the two boxes. or some bubble wrap.

the double box method is what i have typically seen done on ebay, or at least by people who know what they are doing. yes, it is a bit more expensive, but it gets the guitar there safely. and that is what is important.
#10
One word: FEDEX.


As far as vintage Dean guitars are concerned, UPS is notorious for damaging them. On the Dean Guitars vintage forum there's countless guitars that UPS has split the headstocks on, broke a wing off, or arrived with a severely damaged box...
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#11
Quote by Flux'D
One word: FEDEX.


As far as vintage Dean guitars are concerned, UPS is notorious for damaging them. On the Dean Guitars vintage forum there's countless guitars that UPS has split the headstocks on, broke a wing off, or arrived with a severely damaged box...

This is true. UPS brutalizes everything they ship. Everything is subject to a 6ft drop *shudders*
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#12
I double box. If it's a bolt on neck I remove the neck and wrap both the body and neck in bubble wrap, tape them together, and then wrap them. After that it's bubble wrap, foam or sponges on the corners for a pointy guitar, and packing peanuts, and a box. Then More peanuts and another box. Over tape it while you're at it.
#13
The single most important things here is foam blocks. If can't shift around in the box there is very little chance of damage unless you really want to abuse it.
#14
Well, I would pack it inside a very sturdy box and put a lot of those little styrofoam chips to cushion it as the guitar makes its way through our winderful postal system.

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