I've used USPS for guitars twice before and to be fair they both arrived in the UK near enough on time. But those were on the express service which from what I've read seems much more reliable. I've been doing a lot of reading, trying to find some answers, and there is nothing but contempt for the priority mail service. It seems like they actually lose very, very few packages but the service is just unreliable with next to useless tracking. I read somewhere that money is so tight that they stockpile international mail in order to save on flights. Apparently they're teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
Next time I'll pay the extra $50 for FedEx (if there is
a next time
). It's worth it to me just to avoid the headaches. Every guitar I've had delivered by them has been smooth sailing.
The store had initiated a trace 2 weeks ago to find out what the hell was going on, so I'll be interested to hear what went wrong.