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How to Pack a Guitar

High Value Guitar Shipping Best Practices

Shipping steps before giving guitar to UPS driver or employee:

  • Guitar or stringed instrument must be placed in a quality HARD-SHELL CASE. Vintage cases are not allowed. The case is designed to protect the guitar or instrument is not
    a collector’s item. Soft shell cases are not allowed if you are insuring the instrument.
  • Take pictures before packing of guitar, from all angles.
  • Take pictures of guitar case and box. Inside Hard Shell Case before placing guitar in it.
  • HARD SHELL CASE must go in a #200-#250 box with a SEAL.

  • Use only quality packing materials. Take a picture of the guitar after packed in hard case See our video for guidance on packing a guitar properly.
  • Take pictures of guitar in box taped up and ready to ship.
  • When measuring your shipment to determine price, the measurements are of the packed guitar in a hard shell case in a shipping grade shipping box. Not of the measurements
    of the instrument.
  • We recommend putting valuable guitars in the air over ground service. Ground shipments are handled differently than air service shipments.
  • Always select signature required.
  • If your guitar is worth more than $999 have the UPS driver or customer care employee sign a copy of the UPS receipt that is provided to you by
  • Guitars worth more than $999 should not be taken to a UPS retail store/location but should have a UPS pickup scheduled or taken to a designated UPS Customer Care
    Center found on
  • Take pictures of the inside of the case without the guitar in it.
  • Take pictures of guitar from all angles.

Once guitar is received:

  • Save all packing materials when you receive your guitar.
  • Take pictures of guitar box with guitar in it on arrival.
  • Take pictures guitar case with guitar in it.