Posting a guitar in the post should be quick and easy, even though it’s a bit of an awkward shaped parcel. Our guide provides you with all the tips and tricks to package and post your guitar carefully with our dedicated courier service.

Preparing to Post Your Guitar


When sending your guitar in the post, we advise that you place the guitar in a hard case. Due to their dainty fragments, guitars and other musical instruments are fragile items to send in the post. With this in mind, you should prepare your guitar in the follow way:

1. Start by de-tuning or slacking your guitar strings to release any tension from the fret board. Failing to do so can result in the strings snapping in shipment – causing damage or unwanted scratches to the body of the instrument.

2. Next, line your hard case with bubble wrap, this will act as a cushion for the instrument, you may even want to provide extra bubble wrap around the neck of the guitar for additional support.

3. Then wrap the whole of the guitar in bubble wrap and place it securely in its hard case. This provides an extra layer of protection along its courier journey

Packaging Your Guitar


Before purchasing your materials for packaging you should consider its size and weight – opting for heavier materials will result in higher costs. So the answer is to purchase packaging for posting that is adequate enough to protect your guitar in transit, but nothing too heavy or big where your costs increase and your item is able to move around.

What you’ll need: Scissors | Strong Cardboard Box | Tape | Foam Padding or Polystyrene Chips | Bubble Wrap and if you can source one, there are boxes made specifically for guitars!

Here are the steps we advise you take:

1. Begin, by wrapping the hard case securely with bubble wrap

2. Next, you’ll want to source a strong cardboard box* that is robust enough to travel through transit. This is where most of your packaging budget should go, however; you don’t want a box that is too big either. This would give more room for the guitar to move around in transit, which could result in damage. A guide would be to leave a 6cm gap between the guitar and the box.
*In some cases you can get boxes specifically designed for guitars. Many guitar sites already have these sourced so you could contact them or try to find your own. This would remove the need for a bigger box as a guitar cardboard box is fit for purpose.

3. Finish off by filling any gaps with foam padding or polystyrene chips. This will restrict any movement from the guitar.

4. Then tape your box up securely and place your shipping label clearly on the box.

Once your guitar is sealed and labelled up, it’s time to measure and weigh your parcel to obtain a quote.

Make sure your parcel is covered

With DHL Parcel UK, you can post your guitar in the UK or to over 160 countries internationally with our reliable courier service. As standard, we offer free £25 cover on all UK and Ireland deliveries and £50 for international deliveries. This can be upgraded should the item value exceed the £25 limit (£50 for international).

Transit times

If you are posting your guitar in the UK, your parcel can be delivered the next day*. If your guitar is travelling internationally it can take 2-3 days*. When sending fragile items like musical instruments, it is worth opting for expedited delivery to minimise the time it spends in transit.

Remember not to use black outer packaging to wrap your parcel. Our automated parcel sortation systems can’t process it and using it for domestic shipping will lead to your parcel being delayed. In the case of international parcels, black packaging or wrapping will cause the parcel to be automatically returned.

Did you know you can link your ecommerce shop with DHL Parcel UK and cut down on parcel admin? We can integrate with 10 of the most popular ecommerce and marketplace platforms, including eBay and Etsy. When you sell an item, we’ll import the delivery details straight into our booking form – all you need to do is review and pay.

So you now have everything you need to post your Guitar safely with DHL Parcel UK, why not obtain a quote here?