The basics about guitar cases
When your guitar is not in your hands making music, where do you keep it? Safeguard your precious instrument with the right guitar case. Just as you took the time to find the right guitar for your style and price range, you should also take care in choosing the proper case.
Choosing a Guitar Case
A standard hard-shell case is the most durable. A molded case is best for moderate climates as the case can warp in extreme heat. A gig bag does not provide enough protection for an instrument, except from dust. It might be all right for carrying the instrument short distances, but it will not provide the same protection as a hard case. Heavy travelers should consider flight cases, if they can afford them. A flight case is a piece of luggage for your guitar – they are sturdier and offer more protection than a standard case. Select a case which is made specifically for your instrument, brand or guitar type. For example, a bass guitar case is lengthier than a regular case, and will have more neck support.
Standard features on a hard case include a tough outer casing, a handle, latches and a cushioned interior to protect your instrument. Some cases provide snug fits for guitars; this is advantageous because your instrument won't get knocked around in transit. Most cases will also come with a small compartment to hold small items like guitar picks, a strap, a slide or even a tuner… whatever the guitarist needs.
Look for cases with solid latches and handles that are through-bolted. Consider the weight of the case and the weight of the guitar before making a purchase. Acoustic guitars are made for portability, so the acoustic guitar case should be durable, but not too heavy. New materials are being used to make lightweight yet sturdy cases. Consider lockable latches, or an accessory compartment when shopping for an electric guitar case.
Guitar Case Repair
Though it might be cool to let the guitar case, the protector of your guitar, wear its damage proudly, that aesthetic can only go so far. Scuff marks are one thing, but loose latches, hinges, locks or handles should be repaired either by you or a professional. After all, if the case falls apart, what good is it? Also, be sure to remove odors and spilled liquids from inside the guitar case and replace the lining, if necessary. The last thing you want is for any dampness to sit on your guitar and possibly warp the wood.
Written by Pam Gaulin