Usually at Haywire Custom Guitars we don’t ship our used guitars in guitar cases but we pack the instruments very well. The reason for this is because shipping rates have gotten very high. The extra weight and new rules for dim (dimensional weight) weight add lots of extra “balloon” charges to adding guitar cases which can sometimes double the cost of shipping. Just like insurance, guitar cases do not guarantee perfect delivery. I have photos from UPS to prove that. We don’t want to see our customers pay hard earned money and get very little value for it.
Guitar cases can be expensive to ship
We would rather see our customers save their money on the expense of extra shipping and spend and buy guitar cases on the other end after they receive their new guitar from the Haywire Custom Shop. They can benefit from all of their purchase money instead of handing some of it it over to the shippers. A good used case is not expensive and will do the job just fine. Some of the players we build guitars for are on the road 24-7 and when in smaller vehicles they have to use gig bags to cut down on taking up too much space. So, before you opt for or feel as if you need a “new case” for your guitar think about how it will fit in your life-style.
In the 1950-1969 era when guitars began to sky rocket in sales, cases were generally included with a new purchase. In 1969 I remember seeing a new Telecaster with a hard shell case for sale in a local music store for $200. Today you can pay close to that just for guitar cases. Since cases are no longer always “free” with purchase, take time to ask yourself if you really want to get saddled with carrying a big heavy case to a gig every night. Maybe a gig bag will work just fine.
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