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February 8, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Fender guitar amp box

Fender_boxJosh Smith points out:

This is the box containing the amp from the Fender Squier electric guitar strat pack.


On top of that, the amp is packed in the box upside down.


This means that you crawl under it and then open it. Wow i'm the first post.

Posted by: Mat-Tris Fluff at February 8, 2006 12:10 AM

Ok, okay, okay, here's what you do...

1. Drink a few shots of whiskey

2. Get a box-cutter

3. Open the box on its side after slicing it to hell.

4. How do you know it was upside down if you didn't open it from the right top or other side?

Posted by: Varth Dader at February 8, 2006 12:50 AM

Almost all large boxed things tell you to open the bottom and lift the box off of it.

This prevents law suits with people getting crushed by their TV as they are trying to take it out of the box.

This is broken, since I think a better solution is to give instructions to open the sides of the box. This way you can keep it upright and don't need to risk your life.

Posted by: Omg, I am not funny today. at February 8, 2006 01:16 AM

Maybe you have to open it in zero gravity

Posted by: Nathan at February 8, 2006 09:01 AM

It means you have to flip the box over to cut it open then you flip it back over to pull the box off so when you open it it's right side up

Posted by: arnie at February 8, 2006 09:27 AM

haha i like the zero gravity idea first u get in in 0 grav then after u open the box u turn on grav again then u get crushed by the amp coming out.

deffently broken :)

Posted by: woot ^_^ at February 8, 2006 10:14 AM

You must be a bass player. Who read the box to you? Cut the bottom, then lift off the box. REALLY basic. I just hope your little safety scissors can get through the cardboard. Maybe you should have a keyboardist help you -- she can do it with her left hand while handling the guitar part with her right.

Posted by: Boris die Spinne at February 8, 2006 10:41 AM

I've had "open on bottom and lift box off" items - the directions were in places like the "Important Notice" and "Important" sections that are too small to read in the photo provided. I don't think I've ever had one that required you to cut the box off.

As seen from a distance => broken.

If the notices clarify what to do => not broken.

But a lot of the comments are funny, even if ill-informed.

Posted by: Pat at February 8, 2006 12:22 PM

You don't cut the box off you just slice through the tape or peel the tape off. Then you open the flaps and flip the box back over then lift the box straight up to remove.

Posted by: arnie at February 8, 2006 01:39 PM

Based on the fact that Josh Smith says that the amp was upside down in the box, my guess would be that for some reason the amp survives rough handling better upside down. Thus the "this side up" is for the shippers, and the "open other end" is for the recipient. If you follow this logic, the recipient will open the box and extract the amp right side up.

Posted by: Sean P at February 8, 2006 01:49 PM

What's broken is that you bought a Squier guitar.

Posted by: charlie at February 8, 2006 02:49 PM

Maybe the box was printed wrong

Posted by: ____ at February 8, 2006 03:28 PM

It might not even be a matter of surviving shipment upsidedown better. Perhaps it's top-heavy and it's safer to make the shipping box bottom-heavy.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at February 8, 2006 03:51 PM

guitars are for weiners

Posted by: francaise at February 9, 2006 01:45 AM

For those worried about being crushed by the large object withn the amp box, relax. The amp weighs about 3 pounds, and the box is maybe.75 cubic feet.

Clearly the box is broken as the printing on the sides reads one way, the end flaps contrradict each other, and the amp is packed upside down as compared to the printing on one end flap and the side of the box.

I had the bass player dictate this to the keyboardist as I was passed out in my own vomit.

Posted by: myheadhurts at February 10, 2006 12:37 AM

It means STORE and TRANSPORT this side up.

Then, you simply turn it over to open it.

They do this with wine in the case, too, because it stores better up-side-down.

So simple....

Posted by: Bob Cobb at February 10, 2006 07:24 PM

Just set the box on fire. It'll open, eventually...

But really, all you really have to do is slit the bottom and let the amp slide out. Honestly, I never pay attention to what side I open.

Posted by: zero??? at February 11, 2006 07:12 AM

OK folks! Apperently no one here has lifted an amp or knows anything about the basics of physics.

#1. The HEAVIEST PART OF AN AMP is on top (behind the controls on the front). Since it's "top heavy," it is safest to transport it during shipments (even pro-tour bands transport this way!), UP SIDE DOWN.

#2. Why is it safer transporting with it's heavy top on the bottom? BECAUSE you want to LOWER THE CENTER OF GRAVITY to avoid tipping over (Think about Ford Explorers.).

#3. If the amp is UPSIDE DOWN to LOWER GRAVITY then it would OBVIOUSLY be packaged upside down in the box. SO!.... TO OPEN, you turn the box upside down and lift amp out RITESIDE UP!

THIS ISn't hard to figure out people! Good God! Use some commone since! This package has NO ERRORS. It is EXTREMELY simple and understandable. Only someone who doesn't understand "gravity works" would be scratching thier heads at this... which I geuss means all of you???


Posted by: ~Ducky~ at February 13, 2006 12:30 AM


Evidentially you didn't read all the posts; at least three of us had figured it out.

That said, for those of us who didn't know that amps are top heavy and usually shipped upside down, the meaning of the instructions is not immediately clear.

The instructions could be made clearer by writing "SHIP AND STORE THIS SIDE UP" and "INVERT BOX AND OPEN BOTTOM FLAPS TO REMOVE PRODUCT" or something similar.

Posted by: Sean P at February 13, 2006 02:00 PM

~Ducky~ If you would stop thinking you are all knowing and realize that you aren't, you might get the point that not everyone in the world actually knows that an amp is top heavy. In fact, I'll bet that 95% of the world doesn't know that.

And yes, I would bet that a pretty large percentage of those buying an amp didn't know that the first time they went to buy one either (in other words, they had just bought their first amp and guitar... wanting to learn).

Your seemingly derisive comment that "Apperently no one here has lifted an amp or knows anything about the basics of physics." makes more sense than you actually realize. A show of hands here on how many have actually lifted an amp? I know I haven't... As for knowing the basics of physics, I'm not really sure what that really has to do with knowing which side of an amp is heavier. Understanding what will happen once you know the top is heavier, yes, actually knowing it... no. To be perfectly honest, I would think you would want to make the bottom of the amp heavier, if nothing more than to prevent the type of issue you mention with Explorers.

So, if you don't know that an amp is top heavy, then how would you know they ship it upside down.

aww hell... I planned to just make a rude comment to Ducky because of his assumptions about people and ended up writing a book.. oh well

Posted by: memnon at February 14, 2006 10:01 PM

If that end is up, why open it on the other side?

Posted by: Matt at March 26, 2006 11:27 PM

The transistor tubes in the amp will not break so easily if they are transportet upside down. However, you might want to open the box top-up when you unpack it.

Posted by: Lars Kristiansen at April 23, 2006 03:04 AM

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