Not long ago I got a Gibson Les Paul Tribute for my birthday. Like most sub$2000 Gibsons, it came in a gig-bag. I have other Gibsons in factory OEM, Epiphone and other aftermarket cases and they are all good for keeping them safe in the trunk of the Lincoln for a trip to the gig and back, but only two of my cases have shrouds, both pink lined Lifton reissues and for reasons I don't have one houses my beat up 2003 Five Moons SG and the other houses a $250 Epiphone Silverflake Les Paul Standard. Why does a guitar need a shroud? Is it too bright inside the closed case? I called my buddy Paul the pawn dealer , who had set me up with two nearly new Les Paul cases for my Melody Makes a couple of years ago. "Oh yeah, I've got a nice Epiphone case, black Tolex and purple liner, 50 bucks." While I talking to Paul, I see a tweed case with gold/amber lining and a shroud. "ADD TO CART" My new Epiphone Riviera will come in a factory OEM case. Add 120 bucks to total from Sweetwater. No shroud, yet. I could have probably found a used one or an off brand. Now I have to get one for my G-400 Vintage, that currently resides in a pasteboard case, held together with love and duct tape.... So what are your main considerations in purchasing a case?