I'm looking at a GoldTone Beard reso, but it ships without a case - this concerns me. Evidently, lower end resos are shipped this way all the time and make it safely to their destination, but it just seems that the instrument would not be well-protected. Any thoughts/experiences? Is it worth the risk? And while on the subject, what would be a good-fitting case for this model? Thanks.
Seems strange to me. I don't think that I would buy one without a case. All I can say is that the shipper had better have full coverage insurance. I suggest you ask Paul Beard what case would work, and then request that the seller buy that case to put it in.
Gold Tone supplies cases for their instruments.
We have had seven or eight Gold Tone instruments delivered here in the last three/four years. They all got here safe and sound. Gold Tone boxes them well. However, every instrument my son has ordered came with a case - and that included dobros, banjos, bouzouki, mandocello and mandolins. I would agree with Dane, buy the case before it is shipped.
As an alternative, Musicians Friend has a case that could work. You'd have to check the specs with them though. MF does sell Beard Gold Tone guitars. So they should be able to sort you out. I believe they sell the Gold Tone case as well.
Edited by - Slidennis on 02/20/2020 16:31:49
Thanks guys for the input. If I were buying new I would just look for one sold with a case, but this is an individual that has a used one for sale without a case, and it is too far to travel and go get. Having an instrument without a case just doesn't make sense to me - unless the case was severely damaged or stolen, which is possible, but not likely. Maybe I'll just look elsewhere.
Stewmac sells shipping systems for guitars without cases, but they come in a 3-pack and they aren't cheap... stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supp...ases.html
Oh - cool! Good to know - thanks Brian.
You could buy the case and have it shipped to the seller, then they can ship it all to you. I have done this before.
Bubble wrap works well if you wrap the entire guitar and get a thick padding. A box that an individual guitar comes in, inside a shipping box works well. I have shipped 5 or 6 guitars this way thru the post office without any problems. Detune the guitar down about 1 step before packing. Good luck.
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