Guitar case – Why have one?
Guitars are sensitive beasts – they collect chips and dings so easily – it’s so easy to accidentally damage your instrument. This is especially true when storing or transporting your guitar. So – you need to make sure that your guitar is protected. Luckily there are loads of options available – from bags to cases of different shapes and sizes – depending on your instrument. In this article we’ll describe your options:
Guitar bags are usually made from either leather or toughened plastic/Nylon – Often Padded these are great for beginners to carry their instrument to and from school for example. These bags are not designed to resist heavy impacts but do make it easier to transport your instrument. These bags usually have pockets to carry accessories and they are usually secured by a zipper which closes around the base of the guitar. Try http://www.ritter-bags.com/ for some examples.
Guitar Case – Hardshell Case
For the ultimate safety a hardshell case is best – these are constructed from toughened plastic or leather and can protect your instrument if dropped. These guitar cases usually have a foam interior which “hug the guitar” and protect it from impact.
A hardshell guitar case usually has a number of “latches” which secure the top of the case to the bottom – preventing the case from popping open. For added protection with some cases these can be locked.
Guitar Flight Case
Also available are flight cases that can hold a number of instruments – these work by securing each instrument at the neck and is lined with foam to protect the instruments during transit.
Contructed with similar material to Hardshell cases – these are ideal for the gigging musician who has multiple instruments to carry.
One Guitar Case – Doesn’t fit all!
Many instruments have cases that are designed to fit – for example the shape of a Gibson 335 is different from that of a Gibson Explorer guitar – these instruments need different shaped cases. This is especially true for Acoustic guitars that require a deeper case due to the size of the guitar body.
Luckily lots of different size and shape cases are available – often from manufacturers designed to fit specific guitars – for example both Fender and Gibson sell hardshell cases for their instruments – usually emblazoned with the manufacturers logo.
So there is no excuse – protect your instrument – get a guitar case!