Guitar Courier Services
If you are planning on shipping your guitar, whether you're moving across the country or just sending your instrument to a friend, it's essential to know how to package and send your guitar safely. As you are well aware, guitars are very fragile musical instruments. They need to be handled with care when they're being shipped, or else they can get damaged.
In this guide, we'll outline the process of safely shipping a guitar and what to consider when doing so. We'll also provide tips on choosing the right shipping company and packaging your guitar for transport. So if you're ready to send your axe on its way, read on!
Choosing between Courier Companies when Shipping a Guitar
When you ship a guitar, it's important to choose a suitable courier. There are dozens of companies out there that offer similar services and can ship your guitar for you. It's always best to look at multiple companies and compare prices and delivery services before making a decision on which one to go with. Depending on the weight of your acoustic or electric guitar and how quickly you want it to arrive, each courier might have different rates depending on how the guitar is shipped.
This can be a time-consuming process, but fortunately, here at Packlink, we can save you both time and money. Due to the high volume of shipments we send, we have negotiated the most cost-effective shipping rates from the best courier companies. With our discounted parcel delivery services, you can save up to 50% on national shipments.
How to Pack Your Guitar Shipping Box UK
The way you package your guitar before sending it is super important. If you don't take care when doing this, there are chances that damage can occur during transport when a very busy courier network is handling it. If you do things right, there is a lower chance of damage, and your guitar will likely reach its destination in great condition. So let's look at how you can package your guitar for shipping.
Your first step is to gather all the materials needed, including a strong cardboard box. When choosing a box, it's best to get one slightly larger than your guitar requires. This means that there will be more cushioning on the sides and top of the instrument as it travels through transport. You can purchase cardboard boxes online that are specifically designed for shipping guitars.
Other items you will require are scissors, bubble wrap, packing tape, foam and packing paper. You should avoid newspaper or paper with ink on it as it can stain your guitar's finish. Some people recommend packing peanuts, but we don't as they can get inside the instrument and are a hassle to remove. Packing peanuts also don't offer enough protection. Ideally, the instrument should be placed inside the cardboard box in a hard guitar case.
Before you start packing your guitar, it needs to be prepped for travel - you should loosen the strings and remove any accessories. Check carefully for any loose components, screws, bolts and hinges on your guitar before sending it.
One of the most important aspects you should be concerned about is protecting your guitar's neck. The last thing you want is for it to get damaged during the parcel transit so having an effective way to secure it is crucial for shipping a guitar. The best way to protect the neck is by placing bubble wrap around it and securing it with packing tape. Make sure to cushion the headstock by wrapping some packing paper around it. Doing this will prevent any damage if the case is dropped on its end.
Fill up any extra space with more packing papers. Once everything is in place, your guitar should have a safe fit in its case inside the cardboard box. Close the latches on your hard-shell case and place it in the cardboard box. It's a good idea to secure the case with packing tape, so it doesn't move around inside the box.
The next step is closing up the box and sealing it shut. You can do this by taping all four sides using packing tape. If you have any empty space left in the package, fill it up with more packing materials such as bubble wrap or paper to prevent movement during transport.
Sending a Guitar Overseas
If you need to send a guitar abroad, you can take advantage of our worldwide shipping services. To get the best rates, we recommend using our International Courier services, which can take your guitar nearly anywhere in the world and provide exceptional tracking and delivery times.
If you're worried about getting stung with hidden charges when sending a guitar overseas, rest assured that we've done all the research to find the best service providers for international shipments. There are no additional costs unless you need to declare your item as per customs regulations in some countries.
Why Choose Packlink as Your Guitar Shipping Solution?
At Packlink, we only work with the most trusted courier companies such as UPS, DHL, TNT and Evri. With our free online tool, you can compare domestic and international postage services rates to get an instant quote and find the most competitive prices in the market.
We make the process extremely straightforward; just add your information, such as where it is being shipped from and the delivery address and the dimensions and weight. You can then choose the courier that matches your needs and choose how quickly you need your guitar to reach its destination. Some couriers will offer extra services such as parcel insurance cover.
We save you the hassle of taking your guitar to the Post Office and having to queue up and deal with all the paperwork involved. Using one of our courier partners, it will be collected from your home at a time that suits you. All you need to do is provide the shipping label. You also have the option to use the couriers drop off services at a nearby collection point.
Whichever courier you choose, you can be assured the items are carefully handled while in transit and keep you updated throughout the entire process. You can track your guitar either from the Packlink website or via the courier's online tools.
Shipping Solutions for Online Guitar or Musical Instrument Stores
If you sell musical instruments online, make sure that you check out our eCommerce solution Packlink Pro. It's free to use and integrates with web stores such as Shopify, PrestaShop and WooCommerce and online marketplaces including Amazon and eBay. It allows you to manage and keep track of all your shipments from a single dashboard and save money in the process.
We hope that this guide has been helpful for you and that you learned everything you need to know about sending a guitar by post. If you're shipping out instruments regularly, using our courier calculator, it is easy to compare prices and get the lowest rates available.
Our courier services will have your guitar delivered in no time and make sure your valuable musical instrument gets to its destination safely - every time.