How To Pack Your Trade In Guitar Guide

Packing your Guitar or Amp for its journey to Port Mac Guitars is a simple and easy process, but is one of extreme importance. It is your responsibility that your Trade In Item is packed well. It is a rare occurance, but a poorly or negligently packed Item can result in damage during the shipping process and may result in Port Mac Guitars rejecting your Trade In.

The safe arrival of your potential Trade In to us can be achieved by just taking a bit of time to ensure your Item is packed well. 

We have created this handy 6 and a Half Step Packing Guide to show you some examples how you can securely support, wrap and box your Trade for its safe trip to Port Mac Guitars!

STEP 1: CLEAN AND CASE YOUR GUITAR

Time to get Started! Give your Guitar and Case a quick Clean and place your Guitar inside of its Case. You should also De-Tune the Guitar to take a bit of the strain of the Headstock.

STEP 2: PACK YOUR ACCESSORIES SECURELY 

To prevent any accessories you are including with the Trade becoming loose in the case and potentially damaging your Trade In Guitar during Transit, it is important to pack them securely. Our preferred method is to pack them in a Soft Post Bag. **AVOID USING BUBBLE WRAP**Bubble Wrap can damage Nitro Finished Guitars if the plastic touches the finish for an extended period of time.

STEP 3: SECURE AND SUPPORT THE HEADSTOCK

A broken Headstock during transit is all of our worst Nightmares. Luckily, it is simple to avoid by creating a bed of Wax Paper or Butchers Paper to support around and under the Headstock itself. You can also use Fabric of some description, like an unwanted Tea Towel or cut up pieces of Linen. **AVOID USING BUBBLE WRAP** Nitro Finished Guitars will be damaged with extended contact to plastics. 

STEP 4: SECURE THE BODY 

Vertical or Horizontal movement can damage your Trades Neck or Headstock during transit, but packing the Body of the guitar snuggly will prevent any occurance of this and will ensure your Trade In arrives safe and sound.

If your Case isn't form fitting for your Trade In Guitar, packing any gaps with Butchers, Wax Paper or Fabric will stop the guitar moving around during transit and will stop it from placing any undue stresses on the Neck. 

After you have filled the gaps, close the Hard Case and give it a quick Shake Test. If you feel any movement of the Guitar in the case then add more packing.

**AVOID USING BUBBLE WRAP** As above, Bubble Wrap can damage Nitro Finished Guitars. 

STEP 5: WRAP THE CASE IN BUBBLE WRAP

Bubble Wrapping your Hard Case give you another protective layer for your Trade In. 

If you don't have any Bubble Wrap lying around, Office Supply Stores sell rolls for as little as $3 per roll. The best presents to open at XMAS are the ones wrapped well, so wrap your case nice and tight!

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Once the Case is Wrapped, make sure the Bubble Wrap is nice and tight! Use plenty of Tape and make sure everything is nice and secure.

STEP 6: PACK YOUR CASE SECURELY IN CARDBOARD

This Step is very important as it is the first line of Protection for your Trade In.

If you don't have a Carton available that would fit your Trade In, asking your Local Music store for a spare Box they have lying around is a great option. Electronic Goods Stores also have cartons that would be suitable. If all else fails, Office Supplies and Storage stores sell large Cardboard Packing boxes.

No matter the size of the Carton, using this "Wrapping" Technique for packing will ensure your Trade In arrives safe and sound. 

First step is to cut open the Cardboard Box so it can fold out flat as pictured. Place the Bubble Wrapped Case on the Cardboard.

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Next like a Burrito, wrap the Case tightly with the Cardboard - folding and forming the cardboard around the case. The Tighter you can do this, reducing the amount of air between the Case and Box - the Better!

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Lastly, you may have a bit of a gap on the top and bottom of your Carton. Pack this area to create a "Shock Absorber" with Newspaper or more Bubble Wrap.

Then tape your Carton Shut! When taping you are aiming for the Carton to be "Bullet Proof", so the More the Merrier! Don't be shy! 

Make sure to tape every leading edge and join with at least two layers of Tape.

And Here is an example of your finished Box! Ready for shipping! 

STEP 6.5: PRINT YOUR LABEL, CONSIGNMENT NOTE AND WAIT FOR THE COURIER!

You are almost finished! Now just simply print out the Shipping Label and Consignment Note you would have been emailed from our Courior Company.

Tape the LABEL securely to the Headstock end of the Carton (to help the Courior know which way is UP!) and fill out your details on the Consignment Note. 

Our Courior will soon be there to pick up your Trade In and for it to begin its journey safely and securely to Port Mac Guitars! 

Our Shipping Staff are always available to give you any specific advice on a packing a Guitar, so if you have any doubts, please drop us a line!