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What's a good-fitting gig bag for a Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by gaddis, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. gaddis

    gaddis Tele-Afflicted

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    Looking for something that is a good fit and offers a moderate amount of protection. Doesn't have to be bomb-proof.
     
  2. Stubee

    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    I've been happily using the Fender Deluxe Gig Bag, the one with padding & multiple pockets, for years. Don't bother with the basic Fender bag.
     
  3. bigbandtele

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    I like the Ritter classic bags. Nice hardware, solid construction, decent straps that adjust easily and some handy pockets.
     
  4. gaddis

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    Been considering that one. Trying to find one locally.
     
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    I go along with what Stubee says, Fender Deluxe.
    I use one for my Epiphone 339 as well.
     
  6. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I've been using the Stagg gig bags w/ good success, teles and strats still in one piece
     
  7. Bernie

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    Wow, 6 posts into this thread and no one has proclaimed that they "never use gig bags, only hardshell cases will do," this must be some kind of record. Fender Deluxe gig bag user here, been using the same bag for years, nothing has happened to the guitar and the bag is still in great shape - zippers work, no wear to speak of, etc. I'm thinking about a Mono in the future for my CS Tele - pricy, but I like the neck support it offers.
     
  8. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    IMHO, get a GC, on-sale, rectangular, Hard Case. They offer great protection.
    They are easy to carry, store AND, you can stash a cord, strap, flashlight, alarm clock, Pics of the Grandkids ...

    They don't cost that much more than a bag. After a year, you'll see.

    CHeers

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    The Fender Deluxe is a good bag, i got one with my '97 Tele when I bought it and I'm still using it 16 years later. The only problem with it is inside by the headstock, the clipped strings have really ripped the lining apart. If I was going to buy a new one I'd probably skip the Fender and get one of the Mono gig bags, they look really well designed.
     
  10. PineBomb

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    A gig bag definitely has some advantages over a case depending on your circumstances. I love the mono case vertigo, but it's not cheap. It has excellent neck support and it's very water resistant.

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  11. Mike Simpson

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    The Fender Deluxe bags are pretty good. I have been using them for years. I have been looking for something a little nicer and maybe one that has some padding at the back strap button in case the bag is set down standing up. I have been looking at the Ritter bags but have not bought one yet. I am looking to spend around $80 max. Hard cases are nice but with all the PA equipment and amps I need they don't fit in my car.
     
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    I have three Deluxe Fenders. They're great..... and one's tweed! :)
     
  13. gaddis

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    We'll I came home with a Fender Deluxe gig bag, almost. I found a local store that had the Fender bags. He had only the standard models but then went rummaging around in the stock room and found a "Deluxe". Gave me a little discount on it and threw in a set of strings. While making my way back home I realized it was not a Deluxe at all but just an older standard model. I confirmed this at home because I have a bass-sized version of the same bag that came with my J-Bass. Drats. Now I have to make another trip through Xmas-shopping traffic.

    The reason I want a gig bag rather than a hard case is because they take up a little less room at home. I don't have a lot of room to store guitars.
     
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    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    +1 absolutely agree with this.. the MONO M80 solid body gig bag is my fav.. it might be more accurate to call it a soft case.. Lowest price I've seen it for is about $150 @ hello music..

    My favorite lower cost is an SKB soft case/ gig bag has molded plush covers interior. Very similar to the John Mayer soft case. Hellomusic routinely offers it for $59, Amazon offers it for $77

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    For the record I find most Hard Shell cases to be poor choices when taking the guitar outside. My biggest beef is that the latches on Fender and G&G cases aren't very secure, next issue is that they are awkward & heavy to carry around. and can damage car interiors and dent walls. Mostly I feel they offer a false sense of security.
     
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    I think that more and more people are realizing cases aren't the best if you take your guitar out regularly. Besides not fitting in the trunks of most cars they are ugly, clunky and not very secure. I'll throw a couple gig bags in the back seat of my car and not give it a second thought. No worries that my interior will get snagged and torn.
     
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    And they don't have shoulder straps.
     
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    That's the one I use. I has room for straps, cables, and other things that many cases and bags don't offer. It's really a hard case covered with nylon.
     
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    I like the Roadrunner cases for good bang for the buck and decent protection for guitars that I will be transporting myself.
     
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    Ritter for me ...

    ... I've got a couple, better made with more dense padding than any of my others.

    ;)
     
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