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Courier for Guitars

We understand that a guitar isn't just an instrument. It's a passion. At Overland Express we've been shipping guitars for over 30 years, making us the leading courier for guitars. From Fenders, Gibson's and Yamaha's, we've made sending a guitar with us as simple as possible.

Whether you're a luthier in the guitar business, a musician looking to upgrade your instrument or an amateur just starting your musical journey, we offer a wide range of delivery options to suit your needs. We can collect and deliver to gig venues, shops, your home or work and offer guitar shipping Worldwide. From acoustic to electric, 6 string to 12 string, we can ship them all. Our guitar delivery service is trusted by some of the best names in the industry.

Most companies don't cover loss or damages when shipping guitars so, we arranged our own insurance up to the value of £20,000.00 which means you're fully covered if anything goes wrong, loss or damage (exclusions apply). All we ask is that you ensure your guitar is correctly packed in a hard case or guitar box. We work in partnership with the most trusted names in the logistics industry including DHL, UPS, and Parcel Force. While they might not be able to insure your guitar, we can. When sending a guitar with us you can be certain it will be safe and secure.

Our delivery options range from next day delivery throughout the UK, to express and road deliveries throughout Europe, all being available at competitive prices. We keep our prices low, so you can get the best deal on guitar shipping UK. Furthermore, our friendly customer service team is on hand to assist and advise you throughout the process. We take pride in being the best guitar courier UK. We have years of experience in the sector and have built long-term partnerships with some of the leading names in the industry. Our team are always available to help you with shipping a guitar UK, whatever the destination, you can rest assured knowing your guitar is in safe hands.

Before sending your guitar, please take a few minutes to read the packing advice below to minimise damages.

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Guitar delivery UK

We understand that guitars come in all shapes, sizes and types, which is why we offer a range of delivery options to suit your needs. Whether you're sending a vintage guitar or a brand new one, we can help. All of our delivery services are fully tracked and signed for, so you'll be able to follow your guitar every step of the way.

For more information, read our FAQ section below. We can be contacted by phone, live chat or email during working hours.

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

Sending a guitar overseas

We can deliver guitars to over 220 Countries, with various delivery options, such as a European road service and express air delivery for more urgent items. We provide all export paperwork for you free of charge and you can look up the relevant commodity codes via our website.

How to Send a Guitar by Courier

When trusting your expensive and sentimental instrument to a courier, the most worrying thing is the thought it may get damaged en route. Luckily for you, we've put together this step-by-step comprehensive guide on how to correctly pack your guitar ready for shipping. By spending a little extra time and following our easy instructions, you can be confident your guitar will be safe and sound.

What you will need:

Hard case or guitar box
Large cardboard box
Cloth for wrapping guitar
Packing materials (packing peanuts, paper, etc.)
Bubble wrap
Parcel tape

1. Prepare the guitar for packing

Your guitar needs a little TLC before being nestled into its case and ready for transit. These extra few steps are vital to ensure your instrument arrives at its destination unscathed, so don't be tempted to skip them.

Loosen the strings. You should aim to detune the guitar down around two octaves. This is to protect the springs from snapping and damaging/scratching the body.
Protect the strings. Place a cloth or a layer of thick paper between the fret and the strings to reduce the risk of any abrasions on the fretboard.
Secure movable parts. Any parts of the guitar that can move around should be wrapped securely in packing material.
Wrap the headstock. The headstock is one of the most sensitive parts of the instrument, so make sure to wrap it up in packing material to avoid unnecessary damage.
Cloth. Wrap the guitar in cloth, to avoid any contact between the bubble wrap and the lacquered finish. Nitro based lacquers can easily be damaged by the chemical reaction from bubble wrap.
Bubble wrap. Once the guitar is wrapped in cloth, wrap the whole guitar in bubble wrap, this prevents the guitar from chaffing on the sides of the case.

Guitar Packing Neck

2. Place the guitar in a hard case

When sending your instrument via courier, we always recommend using a hard case designed for guitars for an optimal experience. However, if you don't have access to a guitar case, find a suitable size box that fits the guitar comfortably and continue with this step.

Choose the right size. Guitars come in all different shapes and sizes, so it's important to have the right size guitar case for your make and model. The guitar should fit inside with minimal movement.
Fill in the gaps. Around the body, fill any voids or empty space in the case with foam packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, or other packing material. The body should not move at all during transit.
Neck. Pay special attention to this area, the case should fit snugly around the neck, but any strain on it can potentially cause damage. Make sure there is no pressure on the neck or anything that could obstruct the case on closing.
Headstock. If the headstock rests on the bottom of the case, go ahead and place a piece of balled-up packing material underneath, near the nut, to raise it slightly. Otherwise, keep the area around it clear of material.
More bubble wrap. Place a layer of bubble wrap over the face of the guitar and the tuning keys, then close the case securely. Wrap the case in bubble wrap and secure it in place with parcel tape.
Shake, shake, shake. The goal is to make sure the guitar doesn't move inside its case. Give the case a few gentle shakes. If you detect movement, open the case and identify which area is the problem and fix it accordingly.

Guitar Packing Body

3. Box, fill, and seal it up

You'll need a sturdy cardboard shipping box that fits your guitar in its case/box, plus extra packing materials. These can often be acquired for free at guitar or music shops, so it's worth asking if you have one local instead of buying new. As with the guitar inside the case, you're looking to pack the case into the box with little to no movement.

Line the box. Add packing material to the bottom of the box, creating a protective layer for the guitar case to sit on.
Place the guitar case in the box. Insert the case carefully inside the box. Make sure it sits evenly on the packing material at the bottom.
Fill in the gaps. As before, our goal here is to make sure the guitar doesn't move around during its journey. Fill in the surrounding areas of the case with whatever packing material you're using.
Double check. Take a few seconds to check there are no open spaces you might have missed, even one open space with no packaging protection can put the safety of the guitar at risk.
Seal it up. Using good quality packing tape, seal the box securely shut and give it one last gentle shake to ensure there's no movement inside.

4. Get ready to send

Now that your guitar is safely packed and ready for delivery. You can make use of our quick and easy online booking system and arrange the collection and delivery of your instrument at your convenience.

Make the booking. Use the Quote and Book tool above to arrange your guitar shipment in just a few clicks.
Print shipping label. Once your delivery is booked, you will receive booking confirmation and parcel labels by email.
Attach the label. Secure the label on the outside of the shipping box in an obvious place, so the driver can see it.
Commercial invoice. If the guitar is being shipped outside the UK, you'll also need to attach a commercial invoice to the package. We provide these for you, free of charge. Make sure it's placed on the parcel in an area visible to the delivery driver.
Wait for collection. We can collect your parcels from your home, work, hotels, or gig venues and various collection points across the UK. If you have any questions or queries about your booking, our customer service team is available by email, telephone, or live chat.

Please remember that a little extra time spent on the packing, will save you the heartache of a damaged guitar.

Congratulations! You've packed your guitar the right way and can breathe easily knowing it will make its journey safely. For extra peace of mind, we offer additional insurance up to the value of £20,000.00 which can be added at the time of booking. So you'll be fully covered in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. Plus, all deliveries get access to our online parcel tracking system, so you can follow your instrument's journey door-to-door. With options to suit every budget, choose Overland Express for exclusive discounts and a fuss-free experience that doesn't skimp on service. Check out our website today and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Overland Express customer services team at +44 (0) 20 8977 2777 or email us at sales@overlandexpress.co.uk.

If you need a reputable courier for a guitar, then look no further than Overland Express.

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Feline Guitars have been using this small company for a number of years and always had great service and competitive pricing. We had previously used UPS directly till it got to be hard work to communicate with them. The personal attention and help that you can get in an industry that is increasingly automated and hands-off is a welcome thing to have.

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Southwell Guitars Recommend…

Southwell Guitars have been using Overland Express for some years now for sending our guitars worldwide. Most major courier companies do not insure musical instruments but Overland Express have an insurance service that specialise in musical instrument insurance, giving my customers and me peace of mind. I also like that Stuart and Tim are always easy to contact if there are any questions or If I need any help. This was especially helpful after the chaos created by Brexit and the Covid pandemic. Overland Express are my first choice when I am sending guitars, something I do on a regular basis and recommend them to anyone.
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Highly recommended personal service

I've been using Overland Express now for a number of years. As I send a good number of both electric and acoustic guitars every year, I wanted to find a company that offered reasonable shipping and insurance rates that guaranteed to cover guitars against loss or damage to their true value. Step forward Stuart and Overland Express. They offer top couriers and reasonable insurance costs to send guitars worldwide. In all the time I've used them I've never once had an issue. Service is quick, reliable and it is a real bonus you are able to contact someone quickly who will deal with issues should any arise. Highly recommended.
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Why Choose Overland Express?

Save Money

If you are looking for an affordable parcel delivery service, we can provide you with some of the lowest rates available. We have negotiated large discounts for sending parcels through the major carriers and pass these onto our customers.

Save Time

Fast, easy, and efficient online booking with our send a parcel tool, allows you to quickly compare courier prices and choose the delivery service that suits you.

Wide Choice

We partner with industry leaders, such as DHL, UPS, DPD and FedEx, giving you a wide range of choices when sending documents and parcels, on an express or economy service. With timed delivery options for more urgent items.

Fully Tracked

We provide you with full tracking details, to allow you or the receiver, to track your parcel throughout its journey.

This includes SMS text messages to advise you when the parcel will arrive.

Alternatively, you can use the tracking page on our website to provide the current location of your parcel.

Specialist Areas

Besides traditional parcel delivery, we specialise in niche areas, such as sending musical instruments, alloy wheel delivery, paints, perfume's and electrical items containing lithium batteries, including mobile phone and laptop delivery.

Be sure to use the correct page when sending these items, this is to prevent prohibited items from being sent through the wrong service.

Customer Service

You can easily contact us by phone, email or live chat. We are always available during working hours, to answer any enquiries.

With over a quarter of a century of experience, we offer the highest level of customer service and make sure that we exceed our customer's expectations, by providing industry leading solutions to their needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you offer guitar insurance?
A. Yes we can fully insure your guitar against loss or damage in transit.

Q. What is the cost of posting a guitar UK?
A. The charges vary, depending on the carrier and whether you decide to drop it off, or have it collected. For a guitar up to 110cm, dropped off at a post office, it would be £9.65 + vat on a next working day service.

Q. Who is the best courier for guitars UK?
A. There is not a best one as such, as it comes down to personal choice. We only work with reputable carriers, as we appreciate the delicate nature of guitars and instruments. It is also worth mentioning that none of the carriers will cover damage to guitars in transit, which is why we arranged our own insurance policy.

Q. What is the safest way to ship a guitar?
A. Where possible, we would suggest sending a guitar in it's original hardcase. This may not be cost effective for cheaper guitars and would suggest a new guitar box, with sufficient packaging to protect it against damage in transit. Please try to avoid using any previously used boxes, as they offer lees protection than a new box.

Q. Are you a specialist guitar courier?
A. We ship predominantly for the music industry and have done for many years. This is why we arranged our own insurance, as this was a requirement for many musicians and something that was excluded by all the mainstream carriers.

Q. I do not have a hard case to send my guitar in, can I still use your services?
A. Yes, guitars can be shipped in a guitar box, or sturdy cardboard box, however, the packaging must be adequate to protect the guitar whilst in transit. Please read our guitar packing instructions for further information.

Q. Can I send other items with my guitar?
A. You can send other items with your guitar, such as a stand, amplifier, speakers, or accessories. Please be careful to avoid any possible damage to the guitar from items moving around inside the case.

Q. Does your insurance cover sending vintage guitars?
A. Our guitar insurance covers loss or damage during shipping of any age of guitar.

Q. I have bought a guitar on eBay, can you collect it?
A. We can collect a guitar from any address, providing it is a full street address and not a PO Box / BFPO / AFPO address.

Q. I am sending my guitar for repair, do you offer a delivery and collection service?
A. We can send your guitar for repair and return it to you once it is ready.

Q. Is insurance additional to the guitar shipping cost?
A. Once you have selected a carrier, the insurance option is on the second page. It is charged on the value of the guitar and in addition to the cost of shipping a guitar.

Q. How much does it cost to ship a guitar internationally?
A. It varies by Country and also the weight and dimensions. If you enter the details into our quote tool above, it will give you the different delivery options and costs.

Q. Is UPS good for shipping guitars?
A. All of our carriers have been carefully selected over many years of shipping guitars. We only use the most reliable carriers for guitar shipping.

Q. How do I ship my guitar internationally?
A. The process is the same as guitar delivery in the UK, the only additional requirement is Customs paperwork. This is automatically generated free of charge from the details that you enter during the booking process.

Q. Can I send a guitar via DHL?
A. Yes, DHL are one of our main carriers for shipping musical instruments.

Q. How long should a guitar sit after shipping?
A. We would advise that you allow between 12-24 hours before unpacking the guitar, to allow it to adjust to any difference in outside temperature.