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Les Paul Aluminium Case

#1 User is offline   Jake-FI 

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Posted Today, 08:39 AM


Is anyone familiar with Gibson Aluminium Cases? I got mine today, and after fitting my Les Paul Artist '81 to that, I noticed that it doesn't support the neck too well; it has only one contact point near the headstock. Artists has this "bulge" on headstock/neck to reinforce the headstock/nect joint, and thus it is thicker at that point than other Les Pauls; and the guitar seems to rest on that when placed in case. I was just wondering if that case is even appropriate to my guitar? Is the LP Aluminium Case just suitable for High Performance guitar range; does anyone know? I really don't want to spoil my quite rare guitar with unsuitable case... Thanks for your info in advance!!

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Posted Today, 11:02 AM

hi Jake,

I dont have an aluminium case, nor an Artist model.

The 'bulge' you describe sounds like a volute. I dont think volutes are that common on Les Pauls.
I think your case is this type?

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Most cases dont have a large neck support. It looks like the aluminium case is designed to support most of the neck.

I cant tell if your case is suitable, but so long as there is some neck support it should be fine. Obviously, if the headstock was touching the bottom, that would be no good.

Does the guitar feel secure in the case? If there any movement of the guitar inside with the lid closed, then thats not good enough.

Do you have to press the lid down hard to fasten it? I ask because I wonder if the volute is holding the guitar too high in the case.

I thinks its ok if:

If the neck has support.
The guitar fits ok.
There is no movement of guitar in the case when closed.
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