Whats up with the rediculous new cases instead of the hardshell?

Astral Traveler

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Some models, like the Special and the Standard '61 come with hardcases. I don' t really know why they decided to sell them with softcases unless it's significantly cheaper to manufacture than a hardcase but there's not alot of price difference between the two. A new Gibson HSC costs $170 and the gig bag costs $150.

I'm not sure it bothers me, the Gibson gigbag is really good and I always prefer a gigbag that I can carry on my back when I'm going to rehearsals.
 

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I'm sure its been posted, but I am new and I am wondering if everyone else is bent as much as I am about purchasing a new SG Standard. I am now looking at used because of it.

Don’t get me started. It’s just plain wrong to stuff a new Gibson SG Standard in a soft case. Especially when they are putting same year SG Junior’s and Specials in hard cases. Because of this I stopped collecting new SG Standards, and haven’t bought a new one since 2018. Actually, I haven’t bought any new SG’s since the new management took over. When Gibson pulled this crap on the Standards in 2016, I told myself that would be the last SG Standard I would ever buy if they came from the factory without a hardcase. And I’m sticking to it.

If you do a search, you’ll find lots of threads here on this topic.

http://www.everythingsg.com/threads...for-almost-standard-prices.35599/#post-519061

http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/is-gibson-adjusting-prices-for-2019.35605/#post-519152

On the bright side I have been picking up older Standards when I find them in great condition and priced right. And they all come with factory cases, lol :smile:
 

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I'm sure its been posted, but I am new and I am wondering if everyone else is bent as much as I am about purchasing a new SG Standard. I am now looking at used because of it.
Haven't seen the new soft cases in person but after a guy showed me his MONO case with the neck support I just sold all of them and rotate my SGs in one of them. Kind of pricey but they are lightweight, fit in an overhead, support the neck better and repel water. The water part sounded trivial until I got caught in a rainstorm under a small tarp once. In hindsight, I don't know why I waited until my cases were falling apart to invest in a quality alternative. My best guess is that Gibson sees this trend and more people moving away from traditional cases to ones you can carry with straps.
 

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If I went to square up on a guitar that was $500 or better and they tried to hand my some "gig bag/big gag", I'd put my money away and hit the door. Noop
 

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If I went to square up on a guitar that was $500 or better and they tried to hand my some "gig bag/big gag", I'd put my money away and hit the door. Noop
I don't mind the new gigbags that they come in now. I literally just bought my first SG standard last week and I love the guitar. I am not a fan of hard cases in general. I usually just sell them if I get them from Fender because of how bulky they are. I would assume the Gibson one would be just as heavy.
 

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I don't mind the new gigbags that they come in now. I literally just bought my first SG standard last week and I love the guitar. I am not a fan of hard cases in general. I usually just sell them if I get them from Fender because of how bulky they are. I would assume the Gibson one would be just as heavy.

The Gibson hard cases are pretty light, really.

I'm another one that gets peeved at the gig bag offerings. If they are fairly similar in price, give the customer the choice of either one.

Controversy averted.
 

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With seventeen Standards, you must have made some comparisons. Are there better years or superior quality on some of them? Do you have a favorite? If so why?
I can’t really say any year is better than any other. Seems like each year has it’s winners and losers, both in quality and playability. I always cherry picked new year issues, so mine are always nicely finished. I love them all fat, slim, narrow, or wide necks, as long as they are Standards. For the most part, the Cherry colors are my favorite, and it is what I have the most of.

My favorite? Probably a toss up between these two, and they are totally different. Not the prettiest or most expensive, but I use them. There’s a couple others that I’m kind of partial to, but of all my SG’s, these two really speak to me. They are keepers.

2005-2.jpg
 

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Don’t get me started. It’s just plain wrong to stuff a new Gibson SG Standard in a soft case. Especially when they are putting same year SG Junior’s and Specials in hard cases. Because of this I stopped collecting new SG Standards, and haven’t bought a new one since 2018. Actually, I haven’t bought any new SG’s since the new management took over. When Gibson pulled this crap on the Standards in 2016, I told myself that would be the last SG Standard I would ever buy if they came from the factory without a hardcase. And I’m sticking to it.

If you do a search, you’ll find lots of threads here on this topic.

http://www.everythingsg.com/threads...for-almost-standard-prices.35599/#post-519061

http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/is-gibson-adjusting-prices-for-2019.35605/#post-519152

On the bright side I have been picking up older Standards when I find them in great condition and priced right. And they all come with factory cases, lol :smile:

You guys should see the case my LOWLY EPI resides in.

Epi ROADCASE2.jpg

Anvil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I can’t really say any year is better than any other. Seems like each year has it’s winners and losers, both in quality and playability. I always cherry picked new year issues, so mine are always nicely finished. I love them all fat, slim, narrow, or wide necks, as long as they are Standards. For the most part, the Cherry colors are my favorite, and it is what I have the most of.

My favorite? Probably a toss up between these two, and they are totally different. Not the prettiest or most expensive, but I use them. There’s a couple others that I’m kind of partial to, but of all my SG’s, these two really speak to me. They are keepers.

2005-2.jpg
Those are real beauties. Musical works of art. I have 2001 61' reissue and a 2016 black Standard that are the center pieces of my hoard. Love em'
Thanks for the insight.
 
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Dose any one have one of the newer SKB-61SG hard shell cases with the plastic latches? I've heard the older version didn't support the neck properly. I like the quality and toughness of the case but don't care for the plastic latches. The older model had metal. Sweetwater is asking $172.99 for them. Might be worth it for a $2000 guitar.
I have a closet full of gig bags that came with guitars. Don't feel comfortable storing or transporting in one.
 
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I prefer a well made gig bag over a hard case. The Taylor, PRS, Godin, and Yamaha gig bags are all really nice and I believe protect the guitar better from the normal bumps and bruises than a hard case, unless you drive over it with a car. The padding in a gig bag absorbs some of the force of the impact. Plus with a gig bag you can take a strap, tuner, cable, extra strings and whatnot. With a hard case you end up carrying another gear bag.
 


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