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If we intend to leave our house with our instrument from time to time, or better, set out on a tour, we’re going to need a guitar case. While selecting the right case there are a few aspects that we need to look into, such as its shape, size and weight. It’s worth noting that a poorly chosen case might not only fail to protect your instrument, but it can add to the damage in the first place. A good case has got a lot of advantages – it protects your instrument while you want to transport it, but it also protects it from any kind of mess or filth. Accidents happen all the time, and a case will save and lessen the effect and damage.
The biggest guitar producers like Fender, Ibanez, Gibson or Music Man usually sell their instruments with dedicated cases. If we acquire a given model of a guitar with a dedicated case, and we don’t want to deal with half measures, it’s possible to get one that will fit perfectly. It lets us be sure the size is well adjusted, and the guitar will rest in it as safely as it can get. However, it’s obviously bound with bigger costs. Still, if we have a smaller budget or there’s no dedicated cases for our gear, it’s not a problem to select from many different models coming from other producers.
The key factor while choosing a case is its size and shape. The measurements of our gear should be presented on its producer’s official webpage, though if it’s not there for some reason or if our guitar is made just for us, the easiest way is just to measure it ourselves. We should check its complete length, the distance between the body and the end of its head, as well as the width of the body in all possible positions. A closed case should not allow the instrument to move, though it should not squeeze it too tight. If our guitar has got some unusual shape, like for example Gibson Flying V, it’s more probable we won’t fit it in with most cases on the market. Then we can obviously look for something more universal or simply for a dedicated product. If we can’t find it anywhere, it’s always possible to get one produced solely for our usage.
When it comes to different products, hard cases are great for musicians looking for the most careful protection, especially during their travels. They can be made from glass fiber, wood or plastic. In their insides we’ll find additional protection in the form of foam or soft fabrics, so it wouldn’t scratch the paint. Such products will save our instrument from getting damaged after a fall from quite big heights, as well as from any occurrence of solid and heavy things being dropped upon it. Its biggest downside is the heavy weight or bigger sizes.
A different type of hard cases are so called flight cases. As the name indicates those are the ones that are useful while we travel with our instrument by plane. As a matter of fact some airlines might refuse to carry our gear if it’s not safely packed in a proper contender, so if we plan to take it on a flight, it’s probably a great idea to have a case like that. We can say it’s just a hard case but harder, and with more protection towards humidity and other conditions that me be found harsh in the cargo hatch of a plane.
If we treat musicianship seriously, a good case is a must and a proper investment, which will pay off right away with a favorable condition our instrument stays in for a longer period of time. It’s worth to take care of that aspect, especially while travelling with our priceless gear.