Early 1960's Harmony Stratotone / Silvertone 1420
aka The "Communist Bloc Les Paul" during the USSR era.
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Packing into cartons:
Use this page and the previous page in reverse order for easy opening and unpacking.
This wonderful guitar is on it's way to it's new Owner !
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Vaccum packed guitar bag is placed onto the battons. See the guitar being wrapped and vaccum bagged on the previous page.
TO OPEN: Lay the carton down so the side marked 'LID' is facing up and the edge marked 'HINGE EDGE' is on the far side, like shown below. The UP arrows are just for enroute shipping position and have nothing to do with opening the carton. Use a razor knife to cut THE TAPE along the edges markd 'CUT EDGE'. Then lift the lid to hinge away from you. An enlarged version of this image is shown after this image.
Inner carton's foam support battons glued in place.
Wadded newspaper padding is inserted snugly under the neck and around the guitar, supporting it completely, then put over the guitar slightly above the top of the carton edge to hold the guitar's top snug too when the lid is put on tight. It doesn't take much pressure from the paper to add up to a firm nesting for the guitar.
Lid is put on, carton turned over and the lid compressed firm and taped down good.
The inner carton is placed into the custom-cut outer carton.
The sides and top are then stuffed nominally with wadded paper to above the top edge. When the lid is pulled up and taped tight, the paper wads are compressed to support the inner carton snugly:
The carton's lid is marked for enroute shipping position and the lid's edges marked for easy opening. Shipping a guitar with it's carton standing on it's butt end in a USPS shipping container with other packages, ...leaves only a small top surface and thus greatly minimizes the chance that a large and heavy carton can be accidently placed on top of the guitar's carton.