How to package your Guitar for shipping.

If you need to package a guitar for shipping, Black Country Boxes have you covered with our premium quality Guitar Shipping Boxes, available in Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar or Bass Guitar Sizes.

The most important thing to remember when shipping any guitar is that you need to restrict the movement of the guitar itself during transit - You will achieve this if you follow the below steps. 

Step 1

Loosen the guitar strings to remove any unwanted tension. Place a cloth (thin cardboard or double folded paper will do) under the strings and onto the fret board. This will ensure the frets are protected from any movement from the strings.

Step 2

Open your guitar case and line the head of it (where the top of your guitar will rest) with a generous amount of bubble wrap or packing paper. This will provide your guitar with its own cushion to support the neck. Almost like you yourself sleeping with a good quality pillow! 

Then line the main body of guitar case with a few layers of bubble wrap so the guitar can’t touch it during transit. 

Step 3

Wrap the guitar in two layers (minimum) of bubble wrap and secure with tape. This is the sleeping bag of your guitar!

You can then place the wrapped guitar within the guitar case, making sure the head of the guitar in particular is sat snugly. 

Place two more layers of bubble wrap on top of the head of the guitar to ensure it is protected - I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping the head secure.

Step 4

If your guitar has a bridge or whammy bar attached, please remove them and secure them in a secured pouch to be placed within the guitar case.

Once complete, secure your case and prepare your box. Layer the bottom of your box with 2-3cm of bubble wrap and then place your case on top. Fill any remaining space around the case in the box with bubble wrap or newspaper.


  • Make sure the guitar has plenty of support around the headstock (so important guys).
  • The switch tips will benefit from a piece of polystyrene protection.
  • Ensure that the guitars are in either a hard case or a gigbag
  • When the guitar is in a hardcase, slide it inside your box with packaging material around the base and the headstock. This ensures the case doesn’t move around in the box and get damaged.

How to secure your guitar shipping box for shipping

  • Secure all flaps and seams with packaging tape. Make sure to line the spine of the box with plenty of tape to keep its structural integrity.
  • Secure the box further by wrapping packaging tape in three directions around the box, like a union flag pattern.
  • Clearly display your shipping label on the box, potentially putting 2 labels on in case one becomes detached, this is especially relevant if you are shipping your guitar abroad.
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