Hardshell cases

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

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    Got rid of the cheesy case my dread came in. Been using a gig bag, but someday I'll probably get a better hardshell in the $100-to-$300 range.

    Recommendations? Warnings?

    Thanks!
     
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    I don't get the hardshell case panic. You can get some seriously good gig bags these days.

    Plus, if you have to carry your guitar around, say on public transport, not just in the back of a van, a hardshell case is a total pain. You need the backstraps.

    If I was going to throw my gear in a van, or play a gig on a construction site, yes, I'd go up to the attic and dust off the hard cases. Otherwise, they're not practical.

    So I suppose that means no recommendations for me.
     
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    Hard cases cost way too much for what they are.
     
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    I use all hardshell cases but I also keep a couple of good gig bags for short, quick trips.
     
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    My more fragile guitars (Gibson’s) usually live in their stock cases. With Fenders, I pretty much use a gig bag or a smaller molded case I have that is a lot less cumbersome than the big G&G’s. My biggest issue with hard cases is storing them. PITA.
     
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    I think people are misled by the name and physical appearance of hard shell cases. They give the impression that they are almost indestructible, but what are they made out of? Look at the ones that cost $60 or $70. It's a thin sheet of probably plywood or something, with a black vinyl covering glued to it. It won't take much to break that and damage whatever is inside of it.
     
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    I second SKB either hard shell or gig/semi hard-shell. I have the semi/soft hard-shell for my travel guitar (Martin LX, same size as Ed Sheeran model) and it is great! Protection of a hard-shell but weight of a gig bag. I keep an oasis for humidity control.
     
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    Polyfoam cases are great..
    . Excellent protection and way less weight ...my choice over hard shell any day...
     
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    Every guitar that I own or have built lives in a good quality hardshell case with a sponge/baggie humidifier in side. If I can find one that will fit I use TKL cases - they do have a wide range of sizes and usually cost around 150-200. For guitars that won't fit a standard case (I've built three) I have had good luck with custom cases from Cedar Creek - that is TKL's custom division. They are expensive and long delivery, but worth every penny.
     
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    Sorry, but somebody above used the term "semi-hard" and I started laughing like an immature 14 year old.

    That said, there are soft cases now that rival the price of some hard cases, and rival their durability as well. Heritage no longer makes the H-140 guitar, nor the custom case for it. I wrote to them asking what I can do. They wrote back recommending a certain model of MONO soft guitar case. I looked at them and they cost way too much money, but those cases have a great reputation and if Heritage guitars themselves is recommending them, not a whole lot more needs to be said.
     
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    Gig bags aren't hardshell.

    Quote: ". . . Been using a gig bag, but someday I'll probably get a better hardshell . . . . Recommendations? . . . ."
     
  17. Charlie Bernstein

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    I don't get the panic, either. What panic?

    =O.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    Yup! That's why I like gig bags, too. What I'm asking for information about is hardshell cases.
     
  20. Charlie Bernstein

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    Dread cases aren't rectangular.

    I prefer gig bags for most purposes, too. And I don't generally like molded cases, either.

    But hard cases are good for a lot of things. So I'm wondering what's good (and not good) in my price range.
     
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