Guitar cases are more than just a protective cover for your instrument. They give you a place to store your instrument, to store your effects, and sometimes to display your logo or other personal thins. You will find that the different types of guitar cases available can help you in a number of ways. In this article I am going to show you some basic information that will get you started on choosing the right case for you. This information will also help you understand how to choose the best quality case for your money.
There are basically 3 main categories of guitar cases: Hard shell cases, soft shell cases, or acoustic guitars. There is also a great deal of variation within each of those 3 categories, with plenty of variation in quality, price, strength, and how well they will protect your instrument. So it's really a toss up as to which one you should buy. Acoustic guitars are generally easier to damage, because they are less sensitive to impacts and the shock absorption in hard guitar cases isn't as good.
For acoustic guitars it's usually best to go with one of the aftermarket hard guitar cases, but there are a few benefits to using one of the ata approved air travel cases. Air travel guitar cases will provide a higher level of shock absorption than the softer ata cases do, but they will not be able to fully protect your instrument in all situations. That being said, an air travel case will be a lot better for acoustic guitars than it would be for an electric guitar, and it will be a lot cheaper overall. The biggest benefit, however, is the fact that many air travel guitar cases are built very well, so they will last a long time without needing much maintenance.
Guitar cases with carrying handles are the way to go if you're just going to be bringing your guitar around a bit. A carrying handle will prevent your guitar from shifting around while you're carrying it around, which is very important. It will also provide better protection against damage, since it won't have any extra stress on it. The downside is that carrying handles can get a bit pricy, but often aren't that expensive. Cases with carrying handles are great for people who need extra protection while transporting their instrument, but don't need anything overly protective. They are also best used for certain situations.
Guitar cases with a lock are a popular choice, mostly because they offer some amount of protection. Depending on the brand, these can offer anywhere from twenty-five percent to one hundred percent of their weight in protecting your guitar from scratches, bumps, and other impacts. This extra level of protection is definitely worth the money, and is the most recommended style of guitar case.
As far as types of guitar cases go, what you decide to put in your bag is a personal decision, but it's usually best to stick with something traditional. The traditional instrument bag is made up of a simple, solid cloth material that isn't overly expensive, and provides very good protection for your instrument. This type of case is best for players who plan on taking their instrument with them on trips, or to different locations where they might experience some sort of impact with another object or vehicle. I've had better experiences with this type of protection when taking an instrument in a bag, than with the same bag carried loose on my back! Leather is the best choice for long term protection, but it's up to you.
When shopping for a new or used guitar case, be sure to pay close attention to how it's padded. Some models are very generously padded, while others are very poorly padded. If you are looking for high-end guitar gear, you'll want to invest in the best guitar cases possible, so that your investment is worth every penny. You should also keep in mind that while a good guitar case will provide protection for your guitar for a very long time, it also needs to provide enough protection so that you can carry your guitar with ease.
My suggestion is to find a nice balance between style and durability. A good quality guitar case, that you keep in top shape, will last you for years. If you are like most guitarists, you probably play more to impress other people than to actually preserve your instrument in optimal condition. I carry a few different kinds of gig bag (which I'll call "gig bags" from now on) that I use for all of my vacation gigs. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the leather gig bag from the molded ata flight case, and I'm able to transport my instrument with relative ease.