Post by Adam "Steam Master" Bradley on Apr 11, 2013 6:43:19 GMT -6
hey guys, ive been gone for a long time but since i was last here i moved to canada, but had to leave my MAB1 in england when i moved, its been almost a year and i miss it (having to borrow my new wifes uncles fender strat right now)
anyone able to tell me the best way to get my guitar over here, and any way to make it known that it is mine, and i should not have to pay sales tax on it because, you know, i already did all that crap when i first bought it a few years ago, best company, best way to pack it, etc etc
i have the original Dean hardcase that it came in, locks are busted on it, they fell inside themselves the first time i used them
I would use FedX, expensive but they are great as far as my experience goes.
You have to be able to prove that it's your guitar and that you bought it a reasonable time before you moved otherwise you can prepare to pay tax. I don't know how strict they are in Canada but if it were in Sweden it would be difficult, you definitely need good proof. I guess it's about the same in Canada.
Post by Adam "Steam Master" Bradley on Apr 11, 2013 10:06:10 GMT -6
ok, ive just had a look at the FedEX rates, and with an estimate of size ive come up with 148GBP, can anybody tell me the exact size of the Dean Hardcase that the MAB1 Armorflame comes in is so i can narrow the price down a bit, also does anybody know anywhere that sells a box big enough to ship it in, in the north east of england area, or should i get my parents to look at local guitar stores for that
EDIT: ok, i found out the exact amount will be like 125GBP and that my dad has got a the right size for shipping, also just got off the phone with FedEX and they say that if i can include the reciept from when i bought it that i can prove that im not buying it again, thanks for the help Blue
Thats a good price. I was expecting more than that. It's really expensive to ship from Sweden for some reason. It would probably be double that from here. Around 125 GBP is around what I use to pay for guitars shipped from the states to me so I think it's a fair price.
Just make sure you pack it well. Loosen all the strings to take the tension off the neck. Bubble wrap the guitar inside the case and make it stable around the edges especially around the head and use some protection around the case also inside the box.
Yes just go to any music store and ask for an empty box, they usually have many which they plan on throwing away so they will probably gladly give one away.
It can be a real PITA to bring guitars on flights. Unless you have a flight-case I don't recommend it. Even if you do have a flight-case there's plenty of theft on airports.
The problem is that you take a risk if you take your guitar as hand baggage because they can't guarantee that you can have it on-board. A guitar might be too big, you might be lucky and get it in but another time not so lucky, apparently there's no fixed rule regarding this. And if you're planning on having it on-board you would probably not have a flight case with you, then it will get broken for sure, 100% guarantee for that since they throw everything on airports. You could have a flight-case with you and try check in with the guitar on-board and if it's not possible just put it in the flight-case but the thieving problem still remains in that case.
Yes they really like to steal at airports, thieves paradise for sure
It's different story when shipping things as a parcel with a company.
You could unscrew the neck if it's a bolt-on guitar, then you will most likely get it on-board. Many people do that with their expensive guitars, it's actually the safest way.
Post by Adam "Steam Master" Bradley on Apr 19, 2013 11:30:17 GMT -6
Brian, to answer your question, i couldnt bring it with me cause i was already heavily loaded up with stuff, my case was so heavy because of this that it couldnt even move on the conveyor belt, almost broke their scales, had to buy a carry on case big enough to fit both my carry on that i already had and my Digitech RP500 to bring the case down to a still very overweight capacity, im now currently gonna save up for the FedEX shipping, in about 2 months my papers will come through and i can work, already got a job lined up with my uncle that could turn out to be good money to get it over here no problem
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