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Shipping a P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by P33v3, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. P33v3


    Jun 24, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    Is it acceptable to ship it inside of the Hard case it came with? For instance my 60th anniversary P-Bass which I may list soon.

    I've never sold a guitar online before.

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    I say no. I usually put the bass in the case and the case in a guitar box. Actually I am shipping one this morning like that!
  3. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my g&l sb-2 was shipped in the hard case and it was fine
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Yes. I sold my 73P and shipped it to Texas, where all the good classic Fenders end up.

    I ended up packing it carefully INSIDE the case (wrapping the neck, a layer of small bubble wrap around the body of the instrument, 'pads' of packing materials at the top of the headstock, base of the body, and along the sides, so that drop impacts from any side would be absorbed. Next I put a layer of cardboard along the outside of the case, then double bubble wrapped that too. From there it went in a large bass shipping box, which I filled top and bottom with thick styro cut to fit, and any space left in the box got a lot of packing peanuts. Then taped, retaped and taped again at all the edges corners and flaps.

    Made it fine. :D
  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    bass inside the case, case inside a cardboard box, put some bubble wrap or other type of protection between the the bottom and top of the box and the case.
  6. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    This is my preferred method, and thankfully, I have never had a problem.
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Some people underestimate how important that tape can be too. Its not just to keep things shut, it's there so that if the box loses 'structural integrity' anywhere along the body of it, you've got something holding it together and also holding stuff inside.

    My wife (then fiance) commented on my structured, anally retentive, detail oriented packing procedure with some amazement. Although when you're shipping a vintage bass worth a few grand...do it f'ing right.
  8. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    That's what I'll be dong this afternoon, but I've yet to find a shipping box.
  9. Go to guitar center. They might have one for free. (Did for me).
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    My wife comments on my "over taping" all the time. She thinks it's ridiculous.
  11. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Don't forget to loosen the strings before shipping. I usually put something in the case with the bass (bubble wrap or some other type of padding) so that it won't budge inside said case when it's getting knocked around during shipping. Then, something like crunched up paper bags, or bubble wrap in the bottom of the box, and on top of the case once it's in the box (making sure everything is tight). As stated in previous responses, there's no such thing as too much tape.
  12. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my highway one pbass came in a fender box zipped inside the gib bag and there were chunks of foam with reservoirs taped to the inside top and bottom of the box, it was in tune and undamaged when it arrived, but the action was medium and the pickup was raised too high in the middle
  13. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
    There are lots of pretty good and specific instructions on line.
    A quick Google search will do the trick. If I recall shipping in a case alone is generally not a good practice according to their guidance.
  14. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Also, don't forget to slacken the strings all the way before packing it. Otherwise, the carrier's insurance provider may not pay a damage claim. (don't ask me how I know)
  15. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I know that all the carriers request loosened strings, but I've always shipped to pitch and every bass I've bought has come tuned to pitch. I've heard arguments in both directions, but I'll continue to follow the lead of the luthiers that I know and respect the most.
  16. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Only loosen the strings IF you're also going to loosen the truss rod as well.
    Otherwise the bass will be travelling for a week thru different climates with a backbow because the truss is pulling back on it.
    I never ship 'em with strings loosened, and the shipping companies have never asked me to.
  17. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Same here.
  18. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Actually, they don't 'request' it, they insist that the strings be slackened, or their insurance provider may not have to pay for damage to the instrument, no matter how many boxes it's in, or how well it's otherwise been packed.

    This is especially true if the outer box still looks fairly undamaged, but the bass itself has been damaged from impact. You're better off if the package is demolished. That way, they have no excuse not to pay the claim.

    With strings tuned to pitch the headstock is susceptible to breakage. It bears the full tension of all the strings, sans any help from the trussrod to counteract that tension. One good impact can crack/break the headstock, but leave the shipping box unscathed.

    I learned this the hard way, and fought with UPS for months to no avail. The strings were tuned to pitch, the bass was in it's G&G hardcase, the headstock nicely supported with bubble wrap, great packing job, inside a U-line guitar shipping box. UPS managed to crack the headstock and the neck without crushing the U-line box. I ate the damage, learned the lesson. This will not happen to me again.
  19. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Next time you go to UPS, ask about it. Specifically about loosened strings and neck damage, vis a vis the insurance coverage. Disregarding their packing requirements exposes you to non-payment in the event of damage during shipping. If they withhold this info from you they're doing you a diservice.

    On the bright side, it's a small risk. But it does happen. Feel lucky?
  20. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    If the headstock breaks how are they gonna know if you loosened them in the first place?

    I see a way around this .

    May require lying, but it's there.

    Not saying I would do it , just pointing it out.