Does anyone else dislike hardshell cases??

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  1. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Ya know, my wife prefers gig bags for storing her guitars and basses and I end up sweating over being very careful around her gear because of it. I always think she will regret this strategy some day.

    Don’t tell her, but I did sneak her Gibby LP and a short scale bass into a few of my unused hard cases.:cool:
     
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    I love those. I don't have one, but I want one.
     
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    IMHO, a QUALITY gig bag (e.g., Mono, Reunion Blues) is the way to go for gig transport. They 'bounce' better than HS cases in my experience...
     
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    My instrument never leaves home without it, never has, never will.

    But all of my instruments get used.
     
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    I noodle behind singer songwriters. Crazy **** is foreign to me. Keeping a couple of hard cases to gig is ok, having 28 hard cases in storage sux.
     
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    Yes lesters need hardshell cases!!!
     
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    I've lost two guitars to gig bags. Never again.
     
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    Lester's are fragile anyway! They're just waiting for you to look at 'em kinda funny so the head can come flying off! Stick with a Tele!
     
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    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    My guitars live on stands in the house but if I take them out they're cased up
     
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    And I like em!

    Hard cases that is, feel more secure packing them tight together
     
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    The sturdier guitars ( bolt-ons: Tele, Strat, Dano) get gig bags only.
    The SG gets a HSC as does my Martin
    I have a (finally ready for gigs, w/pickup!) Blueridge 000 that came with a super-heavy case.
    It is getting a gig bag asap as the guitar + case is just too heavy

    Edit- it's actually ME that's too heavy, so I go as light as possible with all gear
     
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    If I am transporting my stuff personally by car, I find good -- not all! -- gig bags to be sufficient. But any time my stuff may be out of my hands, or moved by others, I think hard cases are necessary to protect against crushing or lengthwise snapping. Unfortunately, many conventional hard cases are themselves crappy -- not really strong enough, not really cradling neck/body effectively, made of gross materials. Cases vary really widely in quality and weight as well. I would have thought synthetic materials would have made molded cases a great option, but makers seem determined to build them as absolutely cheaply and often stupidly as possible, with really foul interiors, and I despise them. The really good road cases (Calton, Hoffee) are simply way too expensive. I'm surprised that this problem even exists today. How hard is it to mold a model-specific guitar case? Ameritage hardshells are pretty good conventional cases.
     
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  14. NoTeleBob

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    Valuable guitar: Hardshell
    Average or cheap guitars: Gig bag.
     
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    I use a nice padded tweed gig bag for back and forth. Most of my guitars live on a rack at home, but several I use less frequently are stored in hard cases. And whenever I need to move any number of guitars in a truck they are in cases.
     
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  16. Charlie Bernstein

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    My four electrics are in gig bags. My three acoustics are in hardshells, but I also have a soft acoustic case with straps for when I want to travel light. My mando has a hardshell case. I might get one hard case for the electrics someday, but there's no rush.

    I only hang one guitar at a time. The hanger is in the basement. It keeps whichever guitar I have down there away from the mildew.

    Answer: I like both. Hardshells are better protection, soft cases and gig bags are easier to lug. Obviously. So it depends on what I'm doing and where I'm going. As for storage: Everyone I know with big collections have big houses.
     
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  17. Tele-beeb

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    I have… for years, carried $1k+ guitars in a bag. Why? Lighter and easier to make a 1-tripper. I just have to be careful. I like the original hardshell in the closet. Why? Completeness I suppose?
     
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  18. Wrighty

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    Haven’t space to hang my modest collection but all but my two treasured Yamaha acoustics, stored under a bed in hard cases are in gigbags. Less space, good enough protection and don’t rip the car to bits when transporting them.
     
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  19. Ignatius

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    I use a good gig bag for anything with a bolt on, and usually for an acoustic too. Hard cases can be a real pain to stow at certain gigs. I use hard cases for anything more valuable or fragile, but generally those aren't the instruments I gig with.

    I've never once had an issue using a gig bag, and I've done a lot of gigs.
     
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    I am no a double Gigbag dude
     
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