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The Eternal Case vs. Gigbag Debate


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Well, we've all been over this once before I'm sure, but just wondering what you gents thought on the subject.

 

Personally, the only guitar I own that I don't feel comfortable with in a gigbag is my Dot (as it's semi-fragile, at least in my eyes). That being said, I really don't care at the moment as I'm not flying with it, and I'm the only one handling it.

 

What do you guys think?

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Well' date=' we've all been over this once before I'm sure, but just wondering what you gents thought on the subject.

 

Personally, the only guitar I own that I don't feel comfortable with in a gigbag is my Dot (as it's semi-fragile, at least in my eyes). That being said, I really don't care at the moment as I'm not flying with it, and I'm the only one handling it.

 

What do you guys think?[/quote']

 

Get a case for that thing!

 

(Other than a cheap bass I use for recording only...all of my guitars have cases....)

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My Casino and Fender Strat are in hard cases. My acoustic is in a gig bag. My Squier Strat wasn't in anything, until I got the Fender, which came with a deluxe gigbag, so the Squier is in that now.

 

The Gibson acoustic is currently in the "alligator" case that someone in Kalamazoo put it in back in 1965, but as soon as it becomes playable again (hopefully sometime in the next two weeks), I'll invest in a hardshell case... which puts me in an odd situation, because I don't actually know what case I need for it - it's not a dreadnought, and it's not a 000, which seem to be the most common cases.

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Well, I use both...depending on the circumstances. Obviously, the hard-shell case is the best protection,

of the two...but, I tend to like Gig bags, for certain guitars (solid bodies), especially for "local" gigs, where

there's not much "set-up," as in a "Jam" or small bar/club gig. Extended "road" tours and such, I use a

HS case, or flight case. But, that's just me.

 

CB

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No way.

 

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That Tele cost me about $75. The case is worth almost $300. Heh.

 

+1

 

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Dot, Strat, and Wildkat - hard case

 

The rest, sitting on a stand and don't even have gig bags.

 

I like gig bags for quick trips to the music store or friends house, but never for my main three.

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I have cases for all my electrics, except the new goldtop, I goes in the SKB if it goes out of the house.

The Gibson gig bag that my Studio came in back in 1992 is a real hefty, stiff, thickly padded gig bag. I

would use it around the house just to protect the finish, but not for a trip off the premises.

 

I'm torn between the Gator and another SKB for the goldtop, but I'm kind of waiting for a deal.

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I have hard cases for most of mine but I have to admit that gig bags are easier to deal with (zip zip). If I ever take one out of the house you better believe it leaves in a hard case.

 

Tip: check with pawn shops next time you need a case or bag. Sometimes they accumulate so many they start throwing them away. I've bought some nice ones for $5.

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I remember when guitars came with cases when you bought 'em. What happpened to that?

I have a hard case for almost every guitar I have, with the exception my two G400s, where the case is used to either transport or store one of 'em. I have five gig bags laying around, one is for an acoustic bass which rarely leaves the house. The rest are various sizes, used as temporary housing for new guitars until I can get a hardshell case.

 

So yeah, I'm a hardshell case kinda guy. They stack much better than gig bags.

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For a gigging musician, there is only one option - ATA approved Hard Case - either SKB or Gator, but it MUST be the flight case, not their low-end case. Even if you never fly get the flight case because for a few bucks more you get much more protection.

 

My Epiphone Casino travels in an SKB case, Leilani's Parker in a Gator.

 

I do the same for my saxophones, wind synthesizers, PA Gear and everything else except the mic and speaker stands.

 

My instruments are precious to me, and the flight case is the best protection I can give them. A flight case is cheap insurance when you think of the price of replacing your instrument.

 

I won't leave home without one.

 

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