Considerations for cases.

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  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    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.
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    My new Epiphone Riviera will come in a factory OEM case. Add 120 bucks to total from Sweetwater.
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    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?
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    I know there are better aftermarket cases out there, but I usually prefer original factory OEM hard shell cases for my guitars. And when they come without a case or a soft case, they get a same manufacture hard case. :)

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    I only really have two considerations, it needs to fit the guitar well and be of ample quality to protect a guitar being transported in a car.

    I'm struggling to find a good alternative for the Tokai Firebird I just bought. There's the Epi case which is form fit, but they want $219 for one down here and I'm not sure I can bring myself to pay that. I don't reckon one is going to come up used any time soon either. :hmm:

    My other option is a bass case, as most regular guitar cases are too short, but all the cases I've looked at are a bit too narrow. :facepalm:

    There's also the really big rectangular cases, which I have seen humorously referred to as a "walrus coffin", and I don't want that. :io:

    Any suggestions? :confused:
     
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  5. GrumpyOldDBA

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    At this point for me GatorCase is the only choice I make. I like the TSA approved models they sometimes smell a big funky when brand new but leaving them open for several days works.

    Keep the factory supplied ones if they come with one but get a GatorCase.

    I am accumulating the big aluminum Gibson HP cases need a bigger closet.
     
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  6. Col Mustard

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    For me, the criteria goes like this:

    The case must be difficult to damage.
    The case must fit the instrument perfectly.
    The case must protect the instrument very well.
    The case must be as light as possible, while complying with
    the first three criteria.
    The case must NOT damage other cases stacked with it.
    I don't mind paying good money for compliance with these requirements.
    ...well, I DO MIND, but will pay for what I need, without crybaby posts.

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    These two pictures are of the lovely new Gibson case that came with my $1700 Gibson
    J-45 Avante Guard that I bought new last year. I wanted to like this case, and it came with the instrument, and fits it perfectly... But it's too delicate and fragile.
    I wanted to like this case, but it's useless, and now I'm stuck with it. I can't even
    sell it because it's not pristine. I did this damage, but from nothing more drastic
    than loading in and out of a minivan. Or opening doors with the case.
    Which is a must...
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    See what I mean?
    I'm a klutz, and I crash into things. Especially when I'm tired after a long day
    and a gig, where I had to do a lot of schlepping heavy stuff. My music partner has
    bad knees, and I usually just grab heaviest things and haul them where they have
    to go, ... so he doesn't have to do it. So I get tired, but my knees hold up so far.
    But stuff gets banged around when I'm handling it.

    I sold all my 'vintage" instruments, but kept the Hiscox case that I bought for my
    Mossman dreadnought when we went touring in Europe. I paid $500 for the
    Hiscox case!
    ... but it did what I wanted, and protected the guitar. This was when
    we were forced to check our guitars and pay extra. So this excellent case stood up
    to the worst that the Airlines could do. My partner paid $800 for a Calton case which is a piece of ****.

    Calton cases used to be the go-to case for touring pros,
    but David got screwed royal. Something went wrong with the company.
    His is outrageously expensive case is falling apart, and my less expensive but still outrageous case is protecting its second instrument, my 2018 Gibson. NO PROBLEMS... no latch failures, no handle problems, no wonky seal... it's in great
    shape after seven years of bashing around in the back of minivans too.
    So if you have to fly... I recommend Hiscox. Made in England.
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    All right, I bought a $500 case because we had a chance to take a tour in
    Europe and make some money, and I made the right choice because my guitar
    survived and we played good and everyone was happy. I've flown to Alaska and
    California with the same case, and had NO PROBLEMS... so it was worth it.
    But I wouldn't buy another one that expensive... unless we had a tour lined up
    that would pay for it like the 2012 tour did. And that isn't likely now.

    See below for recommendation #2
     
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    My next favorite case is a 21st Century innovation: The impervious soft case.
    I bought a "Reunion Blues" case for my Warmoth Fretless bass, because I liked it
    so well
    , and because I've worn out and thrown away so many Bass cases.
    I've been a bass player since 1972, and have worn out and thrown away a
    number of decent cases... including the original Fender case that my '66 J-bass
    came with. So I really like the impervious soft case. It meets all the criteria,
    and it has straps so I can wear it as a backpack, and carry other stuff.
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    This case cost me about $150.00, which I also thought was outrageous,
    but I wanted what this case could do.
    This case meets all the criteria I listed above. This is the one that was
    advertised as being thrown off a four story parking deck with guitar inside
    and protecting the guitar from this trauma, and sustaining no damage itself.

    I never intend to test this claim, but the case does everything I need,
    and will NOT damage any other case in the van. Also, it's lighter than
    most any other. So there is that. So +1 for the Impervious Soft Case.
     
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    Here's recommendation #3: The tough plastic case... SKB first

    The first time i encountered the SKB hard plastic guitar case was when
    I bought my 2006 Telecaster '72 Deluxe replica. The sales guy at GC persuaded
    me to pop for the proper SKB case for my Tele, and I did.

    I soon realized that this case did what a case was supposed to do:
    PROTECT THE GUITAR... It's smooth and hard and impervious to anything
    but hammer blows or bullet hits.

    I recommend the SKB guitar case without reservation. Mine have served me
    well for years. For the SG: SKB makes their SKB-61... this case fits Gibson SGs
    as well as Epiphone SGs, and I bought one for my Epiphone Wilshire, and it
    fits just fine. I'm told that ESP Viper guitars will also fit in this case.
    Pretty tall order, and pretty cool that one case model will do so much.

    What I like about the SKB hard plastic cases is: They cannot be damaged like
    the fragile Gibson case I illustrated above. They are too hard and smooth to
    take any harm from abrasion or impacts. They also will NOT harm any other
    case that they are stacked with. Their latches are protected by hard and thick
    guards. They are TSA approved, and the airlines might NOT be able to
    damage them, or the guitars inside.

    There it is... I have a lovely and elegant Gibson case for my first SG, my
    favorite 2007 SG faded special. But like the one I illustrated first, this
    "official' Gibson case is easily damaged and requires protection and vigilance.
    No shroud present or needed...
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    That's bullshit. A guitar case needs to be independent of protection, and it
    needs to be the last defense against negligence. Protect the instrument!
    So it needs to be tough and durable. The ones I have recommended above
    meet all these demands admirably.

    But they are not cheap...
     
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    I found this cool used Lifton '59 reissue for my Les Paul Tribute,

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    I like this model made by GuitarFetish

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    I got the Douglas case. Good deal from Rondo music. I'll report on the fit and include pics after it arrives.
     
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    I found cheaper cases similar to the SKB plastic type cases but much cheaper. Then again, it doesn't have to be tested nearly as much as yours. My newest was a Tourtek I got from a local Sam Ash.
     
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    Yeah, the SKB cases are high priced...
    I have three of them now, and I bought the last two when I saw
    them go onsale at M/F... $89 was a price I couldn't pass up.

    If you need a hard case, and you see the SKB-61 onsale for under
    a hundred, I recommend you pounce.
     
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