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Sr. Martins

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Shipping guitar from France 

I have a guitar in France at a friend's place and I want to have it shipped.

The guitar is in it's foam case but lacks the outter cardboard and stuffing to protect for shipping. My friend knows nothing about packing.


Any ideas on how I should do this?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 18:19:07
 
frhout

 

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

Sorry, what kind of foam, polystyrene? We need to know the destination and
the weight.
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ngiorgio

 

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

http://www.lutherie.net/shipping.html

a video on how to pack properly ...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 19:43:13
 
Goldwinghai

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

I had a guitar shipped from Spain to the US. The guitar case was put inside a cardboard box of dimensions 20 cm X 46 cm X 145 cm, or 8" x 18" x 45". I think UPS or Fedex should have this kind of boxes. The box was stuffed with foam to prevent the case from knocking around. Hope this helps.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 19:45:59
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

It's a Cibeles case, synthetic and kinda hard but not ABS. The interior (styrofoam) is very snug to the guitar.




I am trying to convince my friend to just put the case inside a cardboard box with some added stuffing. When I received the guitar it just had 2 pieces of thin foam between the case and the cardboard box and everything was ok.

The receipt from the purchase is with the guitar, is it necessary for the insured shipping? I was thinking of having UPS collect it but I don't really know how that (the insurance) works..


Shipping to Portugal.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 19:58:50
 
frhout

 

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RE: Shipping guitar froml France (in reply to Sr. Martins

If you're looking for an economical way to ship from France to Portugal, if the French Post Office is too painful, try www.happy-post.com. You leave the package in your local Relais for collection. There is a tracking number. I would pack it nicely inside a box and stuffed with kraft paper, bubblewrap and the like to make the guitar stable inside the box. I would take insurance as well. Try the site and get an estimate.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 21:00:44
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to frhout

Not really worried about price. Just want to make sure that it comes in one piece even if my friend does a half assed job at packing.

It seems that the happy post only insures up to 200€.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 21:13:59
 
Leñador

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

That's the kind of case my guitar came in from Japan and it was just a box and some foam top and bottom. Seemed totally fine. It had labeling too though, FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP.
You don't need to prove insurance, the more insurance you want the more you pay, you could insure a coconut for $1,000 if you wanted to.
I've heard UPS is pretty good through Europe. Just don't let the Los Angeles USPS touch and you'll be fine.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 23:18:56
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Leñador

Ah, I see.

Ok, tomorrow I'll call UPS in Portugal and see if they can arrange the pick up in France. I just have to convince my friend about the packaging.


Thanks

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 28 2016 23:32:45
 
Dudnote

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

Bored of northern France already??

Anders send my guitar in a case similar to that with bits of foam in various places to stop all movement inside the case. If your friend doesn't have foam he could use socks and T shirts.

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ORIGINAL: Sr. Martins
Not really worried about price. Just want to make sure that it comes in one piece even if my friend does a half assed job at packing.

Could be cheaper to pay a flight ticket for a pretty young French girl to take a free trip to Portugal

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2016 0:00:34
 
frhout

 

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

As the French Post Office will not insure anything over €1500, if the guitar is of a higher value, it will have to be either DHL, UPS or Fedex. You can get a large quantity of bubblewrap from Castorama.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 29 2016 19:32:08
 
pundi64

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

Maybe try to find a music store, they might have a pre-made cardboard guitar box to put it in, just for International shipping purposes. I had a guitar sent
to me here in Thailand from Hong Kong, this is what the sender did, just a suggestion.

Also I had a guitar sent to me from Spain, they used the same kind of guitar hard case, foam like with canvas outer cover, it was the Cibeles case pictured in above thread, they wrapped it is bubble wrap several times, then used silver electricians tape to cover bubble wrap, was very sturdy,
made it to Thailand just fine.
Anyway good luck -



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estebanana

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to Sr. Martins

Tell your friend to go to a packing supply store and buy large blister bubble wrap, and wrap the case in two plastic trash bags. Then wrap the bubble wrap over the case and tape it securely. Buy of make a double wall cardboard box and fit the case in the box, add bubble wrap under the guitar and fill all the corners where the wrapped case does not touch with rolls of bubble wrap or strong kraft paper wadded to make shock absorbers. Make sure the case does not travel inside the box, it should be locked in place inside the box.

Foam peanuts are good too, but I like bubble pack better. I also make sheets of cardboard that fit inside the box and tape them together to make thick plates and tape them inside the box- this makes the box heavier, but much stiffer protection around the guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 1 2016 1:41:16
 
pundi64

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RE: Shipping guitar from France (in reply to estebanana

I hate unpacking those foam peanuts, especially if there is a slight breeze in the air, you get my drift,
bubble wrap is mucho better.
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