Hello, I’m Sallie. Welcome to my site about moving to a new home. When I decided to move, I was a total mess. I found myself running between tasks, not seeming to get anything done in the days before the move. Luckily, a good friend came by and set me straight with some smart moving tips. From then on, I was able to pack up, transport and unload my belongings with ease. I will share those same moving tips my friend provided me, as well as other things I had to learn on my own along the way. I hope to make your next move easier than ever.
Like most instruments, guitars are delicate machines that can damage easily if not handled carefully. So whether you're moving to another part of the state or across the country, here's what you need to know about packing your guitar to ensure it arrives at your new home in one piece.
Prepare the Instrument
The first step is to prepare the instrument for the move. Start by removing everything that can be detached, such as the guitar strap, bridge cover, tremolo bar, etc. Wrap the items in newspaper and place them in plastic bags, then set aside for the time being.
Loosen the guitar strings enough so they're practically lying on the fingerboard. Regardless of how well you pack the box or where you put it in the moving van, it will likely shift around during transit. Tight strings put a lot of pressure on the neck, and one wrong move could result in cracks in the guitar or broken strings. Therefore, it's essential you relieve the tension by loosening the strings.
Pack the Box Right
The second step is to pack the guitar to minimize how much it moves around in the box. The best container for the guitar is a hard case that's been molded on the inside to fit the instrument. Wrap the guitar in single sheets of newspaper (do not use bubblewrap as it will damage the finish), making sure the headstock is padded well. However, avoid using too much newspaper. The purpose is to ensure the guitar fits snugly inside the case.
If you don't have a hard case for the guitar, the next best thing to use is a guitar box. You can purchase these (or get them for free) at most music stores and sometimes at shipping/postal facilities. Place the guitar in the box, and pack newspaper into the empty spaces just tight enough to prevent the instrument from moving around.
In either event, place the case or guitar box into a bigger box. Here you can use bubble wrap or similar packing materials to fill in the empty space. This will provide extra protection to the instrument and keep it from shifting around so much during transit.
Close the box with packing tape. Use a black marker to label the package fragile, so the movers know to handle the instrument with extra care. However, you should still invest in insurance to ensure you get the guitar's full value if it is broken during the move.
For more information about packing a guitar, moving insurance, or to set up a date to move your belongings, contact a moving company like Affordable Transfer Co Inc.