Econo Hard Case or Good Gig Bag?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by MrWookiee, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    As a collector (not yet a very good player) with over a dozen guitars so far, (and no I don't think that's a lot) I got tired of the expense and room taken up by so many hard cases.
    My most expensive guitars deserve their own hard case but otherwise gig bags work great for keeping the dust off in home storage.

    You need one or two hard cases for each type of guitar you own for carrying to practice or gigs. In my case LP, SG, Strat/Tele, 335, Dreadnought, etc. But lately I've been buying $50 gig bags and like them.
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  2. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Electromatic

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    As a neophyte guitarist I haven't traveled with it at all but the nearest shop is 80 miles away so it'll be a big deal when I do. I may take it to friends' houses but won't be gigging with it any time soon. I value protection over convenience and have hard cases for my wind instruments (I do gig with those). I guess the rub is that hard cases take up a lot of space. I've been leaving my guitar on a stand but since the big earthquakes we had last summer (you may have read about them) I try to keep things in their cases. I'm nearly out of room though. o_O
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Just an FYI - some have heard the story before when I was looking for a case for my G5422-12 / 12 string .
    Case with stencil " Gretsch " - $169
    Case with stencil " Ibenez " - $69
    Both identical / TKL hard case , yes a $100 difference
    Imagine the cost without a stencil :rolleyes:

    We spent about an hour looking through his stock for a case due to it being a 12 string . The salesmen told me to go on line and order the Ibenez as he could not find anything in stock to fit . Last case he found was the " Gretsch " . I was an hour from home and he must have felt bad for me so he offered the Gretsch case to me for $104 . I would have been fine with the Ibenez case but did not want the hassle of returning it over the internet should it have not worked out .
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020
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  4. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Good choice, hard case all the way.
  5. peterjcb

    peterjcb Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2017
    Hard cases are always the best but sometimes a hard case isn't really necessary. I have hard cases for all my guitars but a lot of times a smaller lighert gig bag is all that is needed. Gig bags do come in handy..
  6. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Mr. W.

    Only one answer.

    And as well as tell you, I'll show you.

    I found this little gem in a shop in Minnesota, while on a business trip, 16 years ago.

    This ''student model'' 900 precedes John Lennon's 325 by one year.

    It needed a little cleanup, key replacement as the plastic buttons had turned to dust, other than that...dead mint!

    Why was it still so nice, virtually intact after all these years...THE CASE!!! And, the little short scale case is just as cool as the little guitar it has protected for 63 years.

    The bridge cover has since been replaced, this part became readily available again when Rickenbacker re-introduced their vintage mandolin.

    Quick story, the Guitar Center shop associate brought the guitar up from the basement, written in maker pen on a strip of masking tape placed across the case was written ''do not sell this guitar''. I got the store manager involved, he asked, do you want this guitar, the response was a resounding ''yes''...would you pay $ brainer, right, he pulled the strip of tape off the case, guitar was mine.

    Luckily the case was short enough to fit in the plane cabin overhead bins...the guitar didn't get far from my sight during the trip home. I used to travel with a ''guitar purchase reserve''...for moments just like this.


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  7. mike77rios

    mike77rios Gretschie

    Nov 13, 2011
    san Diego
    How about a case for a G5220?
  8. Johnny ray

    Johnny ray Electromatic

    Jun 29, 2018
    Yes get a hard case for it. Sweetwater has them for about $139.
  9. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    The only thing I carry exclusively in a gig bag is my partscaster tele. And really that’s only for the pockets, lol.
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  10. benderb9

    benderb9 Electromatic

    Dec 10, 2019
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    measure your upper and lower bouts + thickness. Then get the right Guardian Case
  11. I’ve never understood the gig bag theory. To me it’s like driving in a car and not wearing seatbelts or airbags, I wouldn’t do it. Regardless of how convenient it may be. Case.
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  12. Steveric

    Steveric Electromatic

    Jun 11, 2020
    Portsmouth uk
    the only problem with a hard case is they can be heavy, if you have to carry up and down here and there, and I take the point about advertising what you are carrying there are some really good quality gig bags now sling over your shoulder and away you go and most think a cheap acoustic
  13. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    I don't have even one hard case (yet, this is due to change this Thursday, stay tuned) and the few times I've traveled a short distance with a guitar I used one of my gig bags. My guitars mostly hang on the wall. But if the question is about traveling this gigging player prefers an admittedly expensive gig bag.
  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The worst hard case will still protect your guitar better than the best gig bag.

    Yeah, they're heavy. I lugged mine around in hand for the years I was in the service. The guitar survived everything. A hard case is an insurance policy.
  15. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2020
    Hard core, hard case all the time. Over the years I acquired a few gig bags with some guitars, and I gave those bags away to younger guys who didn't see the need to carry a hard case. Protection isn't cheap or lightweight.
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