Shipping a guitar to Iraq?

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    Shipping a guitar to Iraq?

    I'm trying to find a really cheap guitar on craigslist to ship to myself in Iraq. Anyone know the best way to ship a guitar that won't cost a ton and also won't let it get damaged?
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    what kinda weight,I would google like DHL and UPS and see what kinda rates they got and maybe see if any give price breaks for shipping to GI's in a war zone
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    an acoustic shouldn't weight much more than a few pounds. it's just gonna be a big box. Maybe I should fill it with peanuts and take the strings off.
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    USPS international for a 10 pound package is about 50.00 to Iraq,It's less if it weighs less
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    You might want to try ordering one through the PX when you get there. It might be easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    what kinda weight,I would google like DHL and UPS and see what kinda rates they got and maybe see if any give price breaks for shipping to GI's in a war zone
    I saw FED-EX in Kuwait on my way out , thats about it.
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    USPS international for a 10 pound package is about 50.00 to Iraq,It's less if it weighs less
    USPS is the only way to go they do have flat rate boxes but I doubt a guitar will fit in any of them. In this case I think dimensions will make the difference not weight. and they only handle getting it to the place the military sends mail overseas from (some where in NY i think).

    Best bet might be get a box large enough for the guitar and build a wooden frame inside it to prevent corner crushing and fill the rest of the box with loose bubble wrap or if the guitar will fit you could pack it into a lockable type gorrila box and pad the inside. something like this http://www.militarycases.com/Specifi...ductNum=iMTRLK

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1C Lickey View Post
    You might want to try ordering one through the PX when you get there. It might be easier.

    Never thought about that one. Thanks for the idea. I know they can order stuff they don't have in stock. Takes a while to get there, but hell, I got plenty of time there anyway.
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    I've flown with mine in an SKB case. Tough and hard to scratch up. I have a cheapo guitar I bought used, so I have almost as much in the case as I do the guitar, but it was worth it. One of these days I'll have a Martin to go in there . . .
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    You might also think about a travel-size guitar. I've got a Baby Taylor that I've carried on airlines a lot. Easily toted in a backpack type rig, and never even gets a second look for size. Gets a good sound in a small package, too.

    Aside from that, I'd second the recommendation about buying one through the PX once you're there. You could possibly even contact them ahead of time to place your order, so that it would be there when you arrive. An online sales company like Musician's Friend might also be able to help with a purchase and shipment.
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    Isn't US mail free? Go USPS or at least check into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    Never thought about that one. Thanks for the idea. I know they can order stuff they don't have in stock. Takes a while to get there, but hell, I got plenty of time there anyway.
    We had several guys order guitars or buy them on base while I was there. And like you said, you'll have plenty of time there. Also, it saves you part of the shipping cost, and the hassle of filling out custom forms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Isn't US mail free? Go USPS or at least check into it.
    Unfortunatly no. We can send letter / greeting card size stuff back to the states free but thats it.

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    When I was there in 2006/2007 (Balad/Anaconda), my wife bought me a Baby Taylor w/SKB case and shipped it to me. It arrived just fine, and a few months later I shipped it back in the same case. IIRC, the cost was around $40 for USPS with insurance & delivery confirmation.

    I still have the Baby Taylor and the only thing wrong with it is a small area where the finish wore off from me playing too much!

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    I'm sure someone out there will be selling one they don't want to ship back. I'm going advance party, so I get dibs on all the good stuff.
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    I have a nephew over there. He came home on break and carried a guitar back with him with no problems. He carried it on, I think.
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