When you are deciding on whether you want a guitar case or a gig bag, there are multiple factors that will affect your decision. One of the most obvious ones is the price. If you are trying to buy the best guitar case for your specific needs it is, of course, going to cost you a lot more than an economy bag that has little to no padding and protection. Although, as you will see, you do not have to sacrifice quality for cost or vice versa. Like with any accessories, there is a wide range of cases with different prices and features. While some you are going to come across will cost pretty much the same as an average gig bag, there are cases that might cost several thousand. So let’s get into deciding what kind of a case you need.
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Top Guitar Cases
|SKB Electric Guitar Rectangular Hardshell||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Gretsch G6241FT Hardshell Case||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|SKB Jaguar/Jazzmaster Type Shaped Hardshell Case||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Musician's Gear Hardshell Electric Guitar Case||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
|Gator Cases Traditional Wood Case (GWE-ELECTRIC)||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon
Price, price, and price again. Always the number one and most important aspect when deciding on whether or not you should be buying something, be it a guitar case or a house. A lot of the times, people overlook the importance of protection that is needed for guitars and do not even buy a simple bag, let alone a case, for transporting their instruments. But since you are on this page, you have, fortunately (or hopefully), realized the importance of protection and its long-term value in guitar maintenance. So here are some of the main points to keep in mind when you are buying your case, apart from pricing (duh). Your average guitar case will weigh a lot more than guitar gig bags. There are obvious reasons for it: cases are made of sturdy (mostly hard material). There are also soft cases, hybrid cases and many other models that have various benefits. If you want protection for your guitar, but at the same time do not want to strain yourself, there are less heavy cases out there for you. Also, keep in mind that if you are planning on transporting your guitar from say one state to another, or even from one country to another, there are a lot of great flight models. Cases, in contrast to gig bags, often provide more space for storing other accessories and items and they are generally better for protecting your guitar even when you are not transporting it. Problem with cases (apart from the glaring problem of the cost of some of them) is that they are not compact. You cannot expect to fold it up, put it on the top shelf of your tiny bookcase and forget about it. So if you have little space at home, you might want to try to find something more compact. Before deciding on the case you are buying measure out your guitar (if you don’t already know its size) to avoid the mistake of ordering a case to only have to return it the same day because your guitar just does not fit in.
Be it the best flight case, best soft guitar case, best electric guitar hard case or any other “best,” when you are choosing a case for your guitar you should always keep in mind not just generic lists of “the best”-s, but also specific requirements you and your guitar have. Are you traveling a lot? Do you have space for keeping a huge case in your room? How willing are you to drag around a case if it ends up to be really heavy? All this and many other questions are very specific to you, so in deciding what the best guitar case is for you make sure to create your own list of pros and cons.