Harmony Central Forums
No announcement yet.

Shipping a guitar UPS or Fedex Ground?


  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Shipping a guitar UPS or Fedex Ground?

    I have to ship a guitar ( well packed by the way) and I have used Fedex ground and Ups with no problems.

    But I have sold mostly local for the past few years and I was wondering if there is a preference for who to use to ship.

    I always shipped insured and just wanted to see who you guys use or if there was a problem with one or the other.

  • #2
    I have had no problems shipping UPS or USPS. I haven't tried shipping FedEx yet. I think a lot of people do not like shipping guitars via UPS though, some of their handling is a little rough.


    • #3
      I use FedEx more often lately, but wouldn't hesitate to send it USPS either.
      I'm often amazed, but never surprised.


      • #4
        FedEx ground should be the cheapest of the three (FedEx, USPS, and UPS). I use them exclusively for large and/or heavy packages as they have the smallest upcharges when it comes to these two factors.

        Regardless, it costs nothing to set up an online account with all three where you can figure everything out form the comfort of your home. Choose whichever, print and attach label, drop off at authorized shipping center, never have to deal with person behind counter.


        • #5
          I find UPS ground to be the most reliable for ground shipments, and FedEx the most reliable for quick 1-2 day shipments.
          good deals ::: heady dude | rockapede | Big Pimpin T | DeuceII | hotmess | Blitzraptor007 | rok-en-rol | jamdogg | Jules-RM | roaring20's | TomCray


          • #6
            Fedex is cheaper, so use that if all else is equal. Ship times and handling are comparable.


            • #7
              I try to avoid UPS whenever possible do to their rather lackluster track record. If I were sending someone a guitar through the mail I'd use either Fed-Ex or the USPS.
              SCHECTER SOCIETY


              • #8
                how long does fedex ground usually take to ship a guitar? lets say from NY to LA.


                • #9
                  Fedex no contest for me. They are usually substantially cheaper and appear to be handled more carefully. Plus, it is really easy to drop it off at a Kinkos/Fedex. They are pretty much everywhere and have great hours.
                  Good Deals with:
                  magnum, Paulderlunas (x3), Dave67, johnbegone, ghost_bass, teleman, Dash4814, crawfish, Dixie 10-8 (x4), Goodness, cadillacman, DSnellen79, The Riffer, Tweedledee, Littleleviblue, GibsonVMan, Silverring233 (MANY DEALS!), Gibson Dreamer, southpaw pete, vidiot72, Holy War, Flatline, Musico_4_Cristo, Smithshre



                  • #10
                    I used to use UPS and USPS but I think their rates have increased because I just sent a guitar two weeks ago and both wanted around $60.00 to ship with $500.00 insurance. I took it to Kinko's/FedEx and the fee was only $35.00 with the same amount of insurance. I've also noticed that FedEx Ground is quicker in my area(two days to receive a guitar from Santa Fe, NM to Iowa). I'm sold!
                    Gear: 2013 Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute, Hiwatt DR 103, Basson 4x12 loaded with Eminence Legends, Holy Grail reverb, Boss '59 Bassman and a Russian Big Muff.Good deals with: jmecale72, sahlomonic,whenboysetsfire, FastRedPonyCar and matt rhoades


                    • #11
                      which ever is cheaper
                      Originally Posted by stanfield

                      oh my.

                      there seems to be a mess in my pants.


                      gibson sg with dimarzio evolution on bridge and a seymour duncan jb for neck

                      Fender strat deluxe player w/ noisless pickups
                      line 6 spider 3 amp
                      lowrey organ
                      Peavey Valveking 112 combo

                      favorite bands
                      the doors
                      led zeppelin
                      iron maiden
                      the answer
                      paul gilbert
                      Allman Bros
                      Derek Trucks
                      Paul Gilbert
                      PROUD MEMBER OF THE SG ARMY!!
                      in rock n roll alliance with the mazi bee militia


                      • #12
                        FedEx is who I use. Not only are the prices better, but when I walked into the shop the first time the guys working there treated me like an old friend and we've become friends since then. At UPS, the interaction was extremely inpersonal and I was paying more for what I felt was an inferior service. I like FedEx's tracking system better as well.
                        Will Chen Trio | FrugalGuitarist.com | FG on Facebook | Forum


                        • #13
                          how long does fedex ground usually take to ship a guitar? lets say from NY to LA.

                          I'd say about 4 days, on average.


                          • #14
                            It's been several months since I shipped a guitar, so rates may be different, but I have always had the best luck and best prices with USPS priority mail.
                            FREE DCinDC!!!

                            Originally posted by geek_usa

                            That's damn near sig worthy

                            but seriously, don't you think just maybe, possibly, quite interestingly enough, it could be YOU?

                            My gear:
                            2008 Fender American standard strat
                            Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe
                            Fender Deluxe Players Strat - FOR SALE
                            SX SST62 - FOR SALE
                            Custom made Tele
                            Fender Super Champ XD - Amazing amp
                            Vox AC4TV - Love it
                            Breedlove AD25/SR Plus
                            Squier Classic vibe 50's Tele AND strat!! (strat is FOR SALE)


                            • #15
                              It's been several months since I shipped a guitar, so rates may be different, but I have always had the best luck and best prices with USPS priority mail.

                              I ship 2 or 3 a month (and I've been at that clip for a long time now...), and I find the PO to be the most expensive, least reliable, and untrackable. Also, it's just such a hassle. Now, if it's international, then it's the only way to go.