Gotta love guitar forums!! Anyway, I appreciate the concern for my instrument. I’m confident that a well padded gig bag will be just fine for my needs. I’ve been using one with my Martin (even taking time gigs) and it’s no problem. The Gator case I’m using is really solid and doesn’t bend at all.
I don’t buy guitars to preserve them to perfection (though, many do and that’s cool). I buy them to play them and do take very good care (humidify, etc). Bottom line — for me, if it’s easier to carry around (and I play it more), then I’ll take my chances.
My grandparents had plastic overs over the couches to protect them from wear. Needless to say, I would have just ripped the plastic off and enjoyed it. Lol.