How a Polish Guitar Manufacturer is Rocking the World
Mayones Guitars & Basses began manufacturing their first electric guitars in a backyard workshop in the early 1980s in Gdańsk, Poland.
Similar to many other products during the Cold War, electric guitars weren’t officially available for sale in the country. Mayones seized the opportunity and began making guitars for the domestic market. Musicians traveled to Gdańsk from all across Poland to buy these unique instruments, with the trip sometimes taking as much as two days.
Today, over thirty years later, several thousand guitars leave the Gdańsk workshop each year and Mayones is one of the most valued electric guitar brands with products available all over the world.
Need help packing an instrument?
FedEx has pulled a few strings (sorry!) to give you the best tips on packing your pride and joy.
First things first: get the sturdiest packaging you can find, preferably a wooden crate or, at the very least, a double-walled cardboard box.
Next, place the guitar in its case and place the case in the box. Individually wrap the case with cushioning material and centre it away from the sides, corners, top and bottom of the box and any other items you might be sending.
A few hints:
- It’s always a good idea to double-box fragile items with 8cm/3″ of cushioning in and around the smaller box.
- As a general rule, musical instruments should always be sent in their case. Make sure to tightly pack the case with cushioning so it stays in place during shipping.
- Don’t forget to wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions.
- As for the strings: Loosen the tension on the strings to remove the stress on the neck of the instrument. Make sure they aren’t too loose, however, otherwise they could scratch the instrument.
Finally, make sure to tightly pack and cushion all of your items so they won’t be moved or jostled during shipping.
Signed, sealed and delivered: Use high-quality tape to seal the package with an “H” pattern: Seal across the flaps and seams to both the top and bottom of the outer box, thus making an “H”.
Almost done: Print your label and apply it to the package’s largest surface.
That’s it. Now you’re ready to rock… er… ship.
A few common questions:
- What kind of tape should I use?
The right kind of tape is key. There are a few kinds to choose from: pressure-sensitive plastic tape, water-activated paper tape (minimum 27-kg/60-lb grade) or water-activated reinforced tape that is at least 5 cm/2″ wide.What NOT to use: Never use cellophane tape, duct tape, masking tape, string or rope to seal your packages.What NOT to use: Never use cellophane tape, duct tape, masking tape, string or rope to seal your packages.
- What if my instrument gets damaged in transit?
In most cases, the maximum liability of FedEx for damaged, lost, or delayed shipments is the declared value of the shipment. Unless a higher value is declared and paid for, you might not recover the full value of your instrument. FedEx limits the maximum declared value for guitars and other musical instruments that are more than 20 years old, and customized or personalized musical instruments. FedEx does not provide insurance coverage of any kind. You should consider purchasing insurance from a third party if the instrument’s value exceeds current limits.
- How can I find out more about shipping with FedEx?
FedEx has detailed shipping instructions for several situations. Just go to: