Moving Your Guitars Across Country-advice Needed!

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  1. MicahC

    MicahC Well-Known Member

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    Title says it all guys. I'm moving next week from California to Kentucky and taking my guitars in a U-Haul pulled behind my truck. Going to take about five days. I was wondering if I should detune them or leave them tuned up in standard. All guitars are in cases and protect it. Any thoughts....... anybody done this before? Really appreciate it guys! 20170613_153154.jpg
     
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    Bump in the road!
     
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    I de-tune them so less tension is on the neck. If you have the ability to get boxes for free from a local GC, consider it.
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    I think they only play flat tops in Kentucky.
     
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    Detune and pack them so they can't shift or have something shift or fall on them. Things bounce, shift and move more than you think if you're not used to packing for long distance moves. I hate moving having done it most of my life.
     
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    Its going to be the temp/humidity that has an effect on them after the move. I wouldn't even bother & just wait until they acclimate in Kendurkey.
     
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    Well tele's are flattops and SG's are kinda flattops
     
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    Run a tie down about every 8' in the truck to reduce shifting of cargo. Double strap the end. You can also buy 1/4" plywood and wall off if what you tie the strap across is not tall enough. Try not to overload the front tires and put the heavy stuff closer to the rear axle in the truck.
     
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    Got a set of 8 tie downs.....2 for the uhaul...6 for the Big truck....hope its enough
     
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    I'm saving this thread. I'm giving serious consideration to moving back to the Chicago area in a couple years and I'm dreading even thinking about how I'm going to get all mine up there....
     
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    When you stop @ hotel/motels, be sure to take the guitars inside with you. Can't tell you how many "Guitars stolen from U-Haul" stories I've read.

    Safe travels, Micah.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Good luck and have a safe, boring, uneventful trip with no surprises.
    That doesnt sound very positive, but it is, I mean it.

    Keep us advised on your new found interest in the banjo.
    There I go jumping to conclusions.....
    Hell, I'm still gassing for one and I'm from New Jersey, go figure.
     
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    Family and I are hoping for a boring uneventful trip there.....I got a banjo on order from GC!
     
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    You'll need more than a U-Haul!
    Maybe a Big Rig...
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    Just moved cross country, cased guitars in the truck, non-cased guitars blanket wrapped in a box. On arrival, all stored in non climate controlled storage for a week under Texas sun.
    One or two needed re-tuned.
     
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    Moved across country twice now. first time i was cheap and all of my guitars were in a giant box, very carefully wrapped, in a cushion of air. they are all rondo buys, no nothing over $300 i was only moving three. second time I had 14 guitars, three amps, and a uke. this time I was moving a $3500 Gibson, and a few $500-$1000 guitars. this time each one got a case. I didn't detune or anything, and they all made it fine.
     
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