Shipping a Guitar to Me
Shipping your Classical Guitar
to Savage Classical Guitar
First things first, you should call me at 631-335-5447 and ask for Rich. We need to discuss your guitar before you go thru the expense of shipping her to me or driving over for a visit. Time is precious for both of us, so let’s not waste too much of it.
Once we decide that you want to send your guitar to me for repair, appraisal, etc, you have to be concerned with shipping it to my studio. There are a few things you should do to prepare the guitar and the case for shipping:
Slack the strings by at least 3 half steps, not too much but not too little
Stabilize the headstock in the case by putting soft cushion or bubble wrap underneath the headstock so she doesn’t bounce around or move at all
I feel it is necessary to point out that you should be using a HARD SHELL CASE.
A good one. Do not send me a guitar in a soft case.
I will reject it, send it back unopened, etc.
I don’t want to hear …”oooh, my guitar got busted in transport”. Of course it did.
The guys at FedEx and USPS handle hundreds of packages.
They are “rough” with them…get over it. OK, rant over…continuing….
Make certain that the guitar is immobile in the case. Again, cushions or bubble wrap will do
The case must also be secure. Cushion the bottom of an appropriate box for the case.
Wrapping the case in bubble wrap won’t hurt but is mostly unnecessary.
Insert the case into the box and proceed to pack the hollow sides so she doesn’t move.
Feel free to use very light packing material. Try to avoid peanuts. Frankly, they’re a pain in the ass.
Very important is to stabilize the headstock part of the case. I will typically cut cardboard squares and insert them into the large hollows created by the case and the box. I do not want the case moving in the box…at all!
In summary, guitar immobile in hard shell case, case immobile in box.
Wrap her good, label her good. Large label with capital letters to:
SAVAGE CLASSICAL GUITAR
93 SOUTH PENATAQUIT AVE
BAY SHORE, NY 11706
ATTN: RICHARD F. SAYAGE
You do NOT need to insure the guitar. I pay good money for insurance purposes, including transportation insurance, every year. Use the insurance money to send the guitar USPS Priority or Express Mail to me. If you’re not worried about the guitar, send it FedEx ground. Again…DO NOT Insure the guitar. Anything labeled to me as referenced above is automatically insured for its full value.
I will forward all emails, paperwork, etc to confirm receipt of the guitar.
All the best,
Richard F. Sayage
Savage Classical Guitar