Best Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

Get on the Case!

Hard cases are by far the best way of protecting your guitar in any scenario. They not only protect from knocks and scratches but also from humidity and temperature which can warp the wood (affecting shape, tone and tuning), as well as risk damaging internal electronics, single coil pickups or humbuckers. In particular if used in conjunction with a case humidifier. It is true that putting a guitar away in a case is less convenient than hanging it on your wall or in it a stand or rack, however what it lacks in immediate convenience it more than makes up for in protection and peace of mind.

For these reasons they provide the ultimate in guitar protection. Versus the cost of repairing or replacing your guitar there is no contest between that and a decent case.

Electric Guitar Hard Cases

Gator GC Universal Deluxe Molded Case for Electric Guitars

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 1,308 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Electric Guitar Case Review

Gator Cases was founded in Florida in 2000 as a family company and now has 20 years experience in the case making industry. The company has since grown, relocated to Indiana and acquired various other companies along the way such as Protechtor Cases, Viking Cases and Levy’s Leathers, to add to its manufacturing expertise and product range. Gators cases are well respected in the industry and market leaders in guitar hard case production. They have won the Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Case Award’ 11 times between 2006-2019

The Gator GC Deluxe is a universal product line wiht the electric model capable of holding most electric guitar designs in its molded interior. The GC Deluxe line also has cases that cater for acoustics, bass guitars and les Pauls as well as extra long instruments and 12 strings amongst others.

The rectangular design contains room for accessories with ‘pockets’ for cables, strings, straps capos and other extras you may need to take with you making it a very effective case for both storage and travelling to and from gigs or studios.

The outside shell is made from a robust impact resistant ABS plastic with aluminium rims to provide extra strength to the design while, strong handles ensure you can feel safe carrying your guitar from place to place. This design also includes lockable chrome plated latches keep it securely fastened shut. These features combine to make a strong and secure case while still being light weight at only 3.6kg (8 lbs).

Interior is made from EPS foam with a sleek black fur like lining to protect from scratches.

Aesthetically the design is sleek and attractive and comes in the classic black that is the industry standard. Also keep an eye out for the new LED edition which incorporates a bar of LED lights inside the case so you don't need to fumble around in the dark backstage trying to find your strings, cables or picks.

In summary this is a great case from a very well regarded and reputable company with lots of experience. It also represents good value for money at generally under £80. A great buy for your guitar that will keep it safe and secure.

Exterior Dimensions:- 40.75 x 15.25 x 5.25 inches Interior Dimensions:- 18.75 x 12.75 x 2.75 inches

Fender Classic Series Electric Guitar Wood Case - Strat/Tele - Black

  • Usually around £119.99 - Prime eligible
  • 4 Stars from over 70 ratings on Amazon

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Fender Electric Guitar Case Review

Fender have been a major player on the scene since 1946 and are one of the most recognisable music brands the world over and have been used by a range of musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Kurt Cobain. Two of their most famous creations the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars have been around since the 1950s and are still two of the most recognisable and widely used instruments on the market today so it's no surprise that Fender have designed a case specifically to house these two iconic axes.

The design of the Fender Class Series Wood Case is in the standard black rectangular design made of 3-ply hardshell wood covered with textured vinyl with a steel core vinyl wrapped carry handle. The wood and vinyl exterior provides a strong protective case for your guitar and with the steel core handle means you can feel safe carrying it around from gig to gig or to the studio.

In addition to this the case is secured and steel key lockable latches so you can feel secure about it when not in your field of vision.

The interior is lined with a black crushed acrylic plush to protect the guitar from scratches and scraps.

At 5kg (11 lbs) this is slightly heavier than some plastic cases but should provide a little more protection.

Case dimensions 108.2 x 42.2 x 13.2 cm

Acoustic Guitar Hard Cases

Acoustic Guitar Size

There are numerous styles and sizes of acoustic guitar but for these reviews we have focused on the most common, the Dreadnought.

Dreadnought

Named after the early 20th century British Battleship HMS Dreadnought (which became a prominent class of battleship in its own right) the dreadnought acoustic is the most popular of acoustic guitar types. It is sometimes also identified by size, as at 41 inches long and with a larger body it is one of the largest acoustic guitar types (until you get into Jumbos) but so if you see a guitar case as for a 41 inch acoustic, it's for a dreadnought. As this is by far the most popular acoustic guitar type we have focused on these when discussing acoustic guitar hard cases.

Gator GC-DREAD Deluxe Molded Case For Dreadnought Acoustic Guitars

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 1,300 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case Review

As in Electric (and Bass below) the Gator GC range is hard to beat from our point of view and in the acoustic dreadnought category the GC is once again our pick of choice. Gator are a top range, family run company that has been running for over 20 years. The company has grown to include multiple brands and has won multiple awards winning the coveted Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Case Award’ 11 times in the last 13 years. No small feat.

The Gator GC Dreadnought has a protective interior made of EPS foam with a plush lining encased in a highly durable ABS plastic hard shell outer casing. This durable and strong combo both protects the guitar from scratches on the inside and knocks from the outside making it a very secure way to store or transport your acoustic. The interior is also made on a moulded design meaning the guitar will fit snugly inside the case and so not move around inside while in transit adding extra protection.

Again like its electric and bass counterparts Gator have included extra space for storing accessories in the form of little pockets or ‘hideaways’ around and under the neck support for the guitar. These can be particularly handy if you are often on the go enabling you to keep capos, tuners, picks and other accessories close to hand when you need them.

Gator have gone for real quality in the design of the GC range which can be seen in a number of features that increase case strength and so guitar protection. This ranges from the extra secure handles (you don't want them breaking and so the case thudding to the ground), aluminium valances protect the edges of the case, and this hard case also boasts chrome plated lockable latches. All in all this is a great case and well worth the investment to protect your precious acoustic.

Case Dimensions: 117.5 x 19 x 48.3 cm

Stagg GCA-W BK Dreadnought Guitar Case - Black

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 100 ratings on Amazon

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Stagg Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case Review

Stagg Music, was originally a Japanese guitar manufacturer however were bought by Leonard Baldocci, chairman of EDM Music, in 1995 and are now headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Stagg offers a range of guitars and guitar accessories including this case built for Dreadnought acoustics.

The exterior is made of wood with a vinyl wrapping providing a strong, solid exterior to protect your guitar. The handles are made of PVC and are sturdy enough. The case also comes with four latches, one of which has a keyed lock, making it quite secure for transit. All the hardware is chrome including the latches and feet to protect it when standing upright.

The Interior is molded and has a neck support to hold the guitar in place and stop bangs during transit. The interior also comes with a soft plush lining to protect from scratches while in the case. Additionally there is also an internal space for storing small accessories such as spare strings, picks, tuners, etc…. Which comes with a handy lid.

The design is the classic hourglass acoustic case shape in, like most cases, a sleek black. This case is a decent mid range case and one of the best you can get for the money. Not built to the same quality as a Gator case however ticks a lot of the same boxes.

Dimensions: 111 x 40 x 14 cm (43.7 x 15.7 x 5.4")

Bass Guitar Hard Cases

Gator GC-BASS Deluxe Molded Case - Black

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 1,300 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Bass Guitar Case Review

Once again our top recommended case in the Bass guitar cases section is from the Gators GC range. A well known company Gator are an award winning brand who have been family run for over 20 years. Gator have won the Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Case Award’ 11 times in the last 13 years.

This well designed case offers great protection for your bass. The exterior is made from strong and durable ABS plastic, providing 360 protection and a lighter weight than a wooden alternative. The exterior is also supported by an aluminium rim that runs around the edge of the case. This provides extra structural strength while protecting the edges and keeping the closures aligned. The handles are also good quality and durable. Chrome plating covers the four lockable latches and the protective feet.

Made from EPS foam, the interior of the case is molded to provide a snug fit for your bass cradling it both on the body and also with a stabilising neck support. Plush lining also provides additional safety from dents and bangs meaning your bass is quite safe inside your case once closed. Compartmentalised storage sections also allow you to carry multiple different accessories, such as pedals, tuners, cables, etc... without them banging against the bass itself.

The design of the case is in the industry standard sleek black and based on its durability and secure design seems well road tested. The case also comes with a built in ID plate which can help identify your case from a bunch of others if on tour or in a studio. Gator also do a GC-BASS-LED version of the guitar which has an LED light in the case lid to help you find your pedals and other accessories easily even if in a poorly lit studio or backstage area. The LED version is not available at the time of writing this but keep an eye out for it as it's well worth the extra spend if you can get one.

All in all a great case for your bass and definitely worth investing in.

Case Dimensions: 40.6 x 14.6 x 125.7 cm

Fender 996166306 Classic Series Bass Wood Case - Jazz Bass/Precision Bass - Black

  • Usually around £125.00 - Prime eligible
  • 4 Stars from over 70 ratings on Amazon

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Fender Bass Guitar Case Review

Since 1946 Fender has been one of the big names in music brands. Over that time they have produced many great bass guitars with two of their classics regularly making it into lists of the best basses on the planet. Here they have made a case to fit two of their most well known creations, the Jazz Bass and the Precision Bass along with their various incarnations.

The case's hardshell exterior is made of 3-ply wood wrapped vinyl with a thickness of 8mm on the sides and 5mm on top and bottom to protect the bass from knocks from any angle. The case is secured shut with three steel draw latches, one of which locks with the accompanying key set. The carrying hand is very sturdy and is made of a vinyl wrapped steel core. All the hardware on the case is triple chrome plated including edging that runs along the end sections where the case is most likely to be dropped.

The interior is molded with a secure neck support to hold the guitar in place and protect against bangs. Soft crushed acrylic plush lining also helps keep the bass scratch free. There is also a convenient and large storage compartment, which comes with a handy lid, for storing cables and other accessories.

The design of the case is in the classic rectangular style with a vintage feel. Unlike many other cases on the market the fender 996166306 is available in tweed with a brown handle and luxurious crimson lining, as well as the classic sleek black.

At 11lbs (5 kgs) this is not the lightest case, due to the 3 ply wooden hardshell exterior however what it lacks in lightness it makes up for in sturdiness and I'm sure most would agree this is an attractive looking case as well as secure. Overall a very good case for the money and a decent buy to protect your bass.

Dimensions (exterior) - Length: 50”, Width: 17.2”, Depth: 5.1”

Guitar Flight Cases

SKB 3i-4214-66 Tele/Strat Guitar Flight Case

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 20 ratings on Amazon

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SKB iSeries Guitar Flight Case Review

Since 1946 Fender has been one of the big names in music brands. Over that time they have produced many great bass guitars with two of their classics regularly making it into lists of the best basses on the planet. Here they have made a case to fit two of their most well known creations, the Jazz Bass and the Precision Bass along with their various incarnations.

The case's hardshell exterior is made of 3-ply wood wrapped vinyl with a thickness of 8mm on the sides and 5mm on top and bottom to protect the bass from knocks from any angle. The case is secured shut with three steel draw latches, one of which locks with the accompanying key set. The carrying hand is very sturdy and is made of a vinyl wrapped steel core. All the hardware on the case is triple chrome plated including edging that runs along the end sections where the case is most likely to be dropped.

The interior is molded with a secure neck support to hold the guitar in place and protect against bangs. Soft crushed acrylic plush lining also helps keep the bass scratch free. There is also a convenient and large storage compartment, which comes with a handy lid, for storing cables and other accessories.

The design of the case is in the classic rectangular style with a vintage feel. Unlike many other cases on the market the fender 996166306 is available in tweed with a brown handle, as well as the classic sleek black.

At 11lbs (5 kgs) this is not the lightest case, due to the 3 ply wooden hardshell exterior however what it lacks in lightness it makes up for in sturdiness and I'm sure most would agree this is an attractive looking case as well as secure. Overall a very good case for the money and a decent buy to protect your bass.

Dimensions (exterior) - Length: 50”, Width: 17.2”, Depth: 5.1”

Best Electric Guitar Gig Bags

Gator G-PG-ELECTRIC Pro-Go Series Gig Bag For Electric Guitars

  • Usually around £80 - Free UK Delivery
  • 4.5 Stars from over 330 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Electric Guitar Soft Case Gig Bag Review

Gator are a family run business that started 20 years ago, specialising in hard and soft guitar cases and gig bags. Since then they have expanded, absorbing a number of competitors and expanded into straps and some leather work, but their focus on delivering quality cases and bags remains. They have won the Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Cases Award’ an impressive 11 times out of the last 13 years.

The Pro-Go Series of gig bags that they have made are no different to Gator’s other work and they are great gig bags and our favorite available on the market today. This is a prime example of how well a soft case gig bag can be made.

The exterior is made of a rip resistant, durable material in sleek black. There are two handles, one the side and one on the front plus there are two back straps as well. The back straps are fully removable and can easily be stored in one of the cases' multiple pockets. The straps are also sturdy and strong enough to feel very secure, particularly at the attachment which can be a weak spot on straps on cheaper bags. The way they are attached also helps reduce them spinning round and so getting twisted, which can be an annoying aspect on other bags too. A nice additional feature is that this gig bag comes with its own rain coat. A full cover that can be easily placed around the bag to protect it from the rain which easily folds away and has its own pocket for easy use and storage.

The Pro-Go also comes with multiple pockets which really seem to be designed with the guitarist in mind. There is a large pocket on the front big enough for storing sheet music which also has a padded section big enough for a small laptop or tablet (19" x 14" x 2"). There are also sections for storing smaller accessories and an additional pocket higher up on the bag big enough for an iPad mini or tuner.

The internal of this gig bag is very similar to a hard case although made of softer materials (thus the name) but the design is very similar which helps make this gig bag so protective for your guitar while also having a luxury feel. The interior is lined with over 20mm (¾ inch) of padding 360 degrees around the guitar that is in turn lined with microfleece for extra softness and protection from scratches and bangs. Your guitar will feel quite safe in this soft case bag. There is also an additional shock absorption system in place in the form of two additional pieces of padding, one a sort of molded cushioning neck support, and additional cushioning for the base of the body with a cut away for the strap pin. Both are removable should you not feel the need to have them or have a slightly larger guitar that needs some extra space. One final feature that also shows how well thought out the design for this gig bag is that there is additional durable material on the inside of the bag above the headstock and bridge to protect the interior from scratches from strings and the guitar's hardware. Gator really have covered all bases.

Aesthetically the design is in sleek black with some red trimming and the Gator logo in white. The simple design should not detract you from seeing the deep thought process that went into the clever design of this quality soft case gig bag. Honestly this is a very good gig bag and probably the best on the market today.

Interior Dimensions: Interior Height3.1 "; Body Length19.5 "; Body Height3.1 "; Lower Bout Width14.4 "; Middle Bout Width13.2 "; Upper Bout Width12.4 "; Overall Length42.9 " - Weight 6.97 lbs (3.16kg)

Fender Gig Bag For Electric Guitar - FE620 - Black

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 120 ratings on Amazon

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Fender Electric Guitar Soft Case Gig Bag Review

I would imagine every guitarist on the planet knows the name Fender. An iconic brand that have been around since the 1940s and make two of the most recognisable guitars on the market, the telecaster and the stratocaster. To go with these (and many more guitars they make) Fender have also made a range of gig bags and the FE620 falls into the soft guitar case category of gig bag.

The exterior is made of 600D polyester (the strongest polyester you can get) which is a very durable material with a decent degree of thickness. This covers 20mm padding with soft touch microfiber lining. There is an additional ‘tread’ made of dark plastic on the bottom of the bag giving it extra wear and protection for the base of the guitar and avoiding wear on the part of the bag that will likely have the most contact with the ground. There is also some of the tread on the head of the soft case to protect the head of the guitar if the bag is left leaning in a corner.

The interior has the 20mm of padding in addition to a protective support for the guitar neck. There is also a durable extra layer of protection on the interior that will fit over the bridge of the guitar to protect the case from getting worn by the hardware and strings.

Two well padded and adjustable back straps come securely fastened to the bag. This gives an excellent option for transporting your guitar both in comfort as well as protecting the guitar while leaving your hands free for carrying amps or other bits of equipment. The bag also comes with a secure side handle. The handle is well padded and comfortable and is well fastened to the soft case.

The soft case comes with an external zip up pocket with room for extra strings, plectrums and perhaps a tuner again helping to keep your hands free.

Looks wise this is a slick looking bit of kit. It comes in the industry standard black but has a understated stylish design with a quality feel and of course the fender signature logo in red offsetting the black exterior well.

All round this is a decent soft case style gig bag that is not quite as protective or practical as the Gator Pro-Go but looks maybe a little bit better and is good for the money.

Best Acoustic Guitar Gig Bags

Gator G-PG-ACOUSTIC Pro-Go Series Gig Bag For Acoustic Guitars

  • Usually around £95 - Prime Eligible
  • 4.5 Stars from over 330 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Acoustic Guitar Soft Case Gig Bag Review

Gator have over 20 years of experience in the guitar cases and gig bags industry. They are market leaders in this area producing award winning hard cases, soft cases and gig bags. A family business run by a Father-Daughter combo this brand has come to be synonymous with quality and innovation in the market. They have grown over the last two decades acquiring a number of smaller companies along the way to increase Gators skillset and offer but always supplying quality. In the last 13 years Gator have won the prestigious Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Cases Award’ an impressive 11 times.

Most guitar bags fall into two categories, a gig bag or a soft case. The Gator Pro-Go series definitely falls into the soft case category.

The external material of the soft case is black and made of durable, rip resistant material. The bag comes with a sturdy carrying handle on the side plus two secure, adjustable and padded back straps that allow the bag to be carried easily on your back, spreading the weight and so making it easier to carry, especially over longer distances. The back straps also keep your hands free for carrying other items you might need to take with you. You may well find that the bag is the only thing you need to carry (unless you also plug into an Amp). There is a storage pocket on the front of the bag big enough to hold a tablet or small laptop, sheet music or tab book. The pocket is padded for extra protection and also has extra compartments for other accessories. The bag also comes with its own raincoat. A waterproof cover that folds away into its own pocket higher up on the neck that can be easily pulled out and placed over the whole bag in the case of rain to protect your precious guitar and accessories.

The internal of the bag is very well padded allowing you to see what makes this the softcase type of gig bag. Opened up you could be forgiven for thinking this was a hard case with the amount of padding it has that is shaped to cradle your guitar in place while in the bag. There is 360 padding with an extra removable cushion at the base of the bag and around the neck so the guitar is well protected.

This bag is built for safety, comfort and practicality but also comes in the stand industry black and comes with the signature white Gator logo and some stylish red frills.

Overall this is the best acoustic gig bag on the market.

CAHAYA 18MM Padding Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag

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  • 4.5 Stars from over 120 ratings on Amazon

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CAHAYA Acoustic Guitar Gig Bag Review

CAHAYA specialise in making decent but affordable guitar stands and accessories. They target the amatuer market more and make items that any guitarist can use to keep their “gear and dreams” protected.

The exterior is made of blended fabric exterior with multiple pockets. There is a plectrum pocket on the external of the upper neck. Honestly this pocket is a bit tight to be able to fit your hand all the way in so could prove a bit hard to get guitar picks back out but could comfortably fit a string set as well. This plectrum pocket sits on a longer pocket, almost the full length of the neck, which is for your guitar stand and would fit a full length guitar or music stand. There is a large pocket on the front of the bag in front of the body which comes with two compartments and is easily large enough for a laptop or tablet, sheet music or tab book.

The handle is padded so can be comfortably carried, even over longer distances and there are two rubber shock pads on the base of the bag. There two adjustable, padded back straps for easily transporting your guitar and gear on your back from place to place. When not in use the straps can be fastened down with a velcro strap to stop them flapping around and getting caught on things when not on your back. This can be very useful when loading into a tight space like the back of a van or when putting away for storage when not in use. There is also a hanging strap on the back above the back straps so the bag could be easily hung on a hook or hanger out of the way when not being used.

The inside of the bag is fully lined with 18mm of padding with a plush micro-polar fleece lining. This is in addition to a neck support with a velcro strap for holding the guitar neck in place while being carried in the bag.

Aesthetically the bag is sleek in a fashionable grey shade and looks professional. There are some back trimmings around the straps that add to the style and CAHAYA’s recognisable orange tag on the front.

For the money this is a decent gig bag. Not quite the quality of the Gator Pro-go with slightly less padding and protection but for guitarists on a budget that are looking for a gig bag to protect their guitar in transit and that can conveniently also carry their gear all in one bag on their back then you can't go far wrong with this affordable gig bag.

Dimensions: Size: overall length: 108cm; upper bout: 33cm; lower bout: 47cm; neck: 16cm.

Best Bass Guitar Gig Bags

Gator G-PG-BASS Pro-Go Series Gig Bag For Bass Guitars

  • Usually around £110 - Prime Eligible
  • 4.5 Stars from over 330 ratings on Amazon

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Gator Pro-Go Bass Guitar Soft Case Review

With over 20 years in the industry Gator have become the first name on many people's lips when it comes to quality guitar cases and bags. Winning the coveted Music and Sound Retailer ‘Best Bag/Cases Award’ 11 times in only 13 years this is a company who knows how to make a good soft case. A family run business that has gone from strength to strength during its lifetime absorbing a number of smaller companies along the way to help their knowledge and capabilities grow with the times allowing them to stay top of the industry.

The Gator Pro-Go Bass, like the rest of the series, has a durable sleek black exterior with an ergonomically designed handle making it comfortable to carry in one hand. It also comes with padded back straps that can be adjusted to suit your preference, plus contour back padding for extra comfort while carrying your bass to your gig or studio. There is also a waterproof cover that comes in its own pocket so it won't get the rest of your gear wet when you put it away. Gator cover all bases (pun intended).

This soft case comes with a large pocket on the front, which comes with multiple compartments and is big enough to hold sheet music, a tab book, a tablet or a small laptop. In addition to this there is a smaller pocket on the neck for your other accessories like strings, so you can have all your essentials with you.

The interior is fully lined from all angles with a luxurious soft 20mm padding in addition to a moulded neck support cushion and cushion in the bottom of the case to protect the base of your bass. This padding will also gently hold your bass in place while the soft lining protects the finish from scratches.

The Pro-Go series is sleek black with two red trims on the larger pocket which also sports Gators recognisable logo.

All round the Pro-Go series are the best soft case gig bags on the market and the bass edition of the series is no different. It costs a bit more than some of its rivals but is well worth the extra money to know your bass babies are safe, even on your travels.

Fender FB610 Electric Bass Guitar Gig Bag

  • Usually around £35 - Prime Eligible
  • 4.5 Stars from over 90 ratings on Amazon

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Fender Bass Guitar Gig Bag Review

Since 1946 Fender have been producing guitars and guitar related products and are today an iconic brand that is easily one of the most recognisable guitar brands on the planet. Producers of two of the most important bases in modern music history, the Precision and the Jazz Bass, used by players from Flea to James Jamerson. Fortunately Fender have also made a great gig bag to protect and transport these iconic instruments in the form of the FB610.

The exterior of the FB610 is made using 600 Denier Polyester (that's a strong material by the way) withs 10mm padding. There is also some rubber padding on the base of the bag to protect from scratches on the ground if stood upright. This isn't as much padding as some soft case gig bags but will still help protect your bass from light knocks and scrapes.

There is a padded handle on the side for carrying by one hand (best for carrying indoors to stop the neck hitting the top of the door when one your back) plus two comfortable, also padded, back straps.

The bag comes with a large pocket at the front. While not quite big enough to fit an A4 tab bag or sheet music (without being folded), it can fit a tablet and many other accessories such as strings and straps. It also has a couple of little compartments inside the pocket, one with a zip, to help you find your stuff in a hurry.

Aesthetically the gig bag comes in all black with the iconic fender logo in red on the front. It's a stylish design and although not as protective as some of the more expensive alternatives on the market this is probably still the best looking of most of the gig bags we have reviewed.

In summary, this is a gig bag not a soft case as it does not have the additional supports for the neck and base of your bass on the inside in the way that a Gator Pro-Go has and at only 10mm of padding this is not as protective as other bags on the market however the materials are very durable and the straps are well made making this easy to carry, which is important when you're lugging a bass around. It's also a very attractive looking bag and made of durable material. Good value for the money.

Dimensions: 124.5 x 40 x 8.9 centimetres

When to buy a hard case and when to get a gig bag

Hard cases

Hard guitar cases are ideal if you will be travelling more frequently or longer distances (outside your city or local area) especially if you will be going on train, bus or van where your guitar could slide around and get knocked or have things fall on it. If you're travelling on a plane and the guitar will go in the cargo hold I would recommend getting a flight specific case which can survive having other, potentially heavy, luggage stored on it while also help insulating against the extreme temperature differences associated with flight cargo holds.

Soft Cases and Gig Bags

Soft cases and gig bags don't offer the same protection as a hard case however if you are only occasionally travelling with it a decent gig bag should be fine in terms of protection, and easier ergonomically to carry. This is especially true if you will be walking with your guitar or carrying other equipment (like an amp) as some come with straps that enable you to carry it on your back.

How much you invest in either a hard case or soft case/gig bag it is worth it getting a decent one as it will definitely be cheaper than the cost of repairing or replacing your guitar.

What to look for when buying a Guitar Hard Case

When buying a guitar case one of the most important considerations is to make sure you get a case that will fit the guitar you have. A better fitting case will help stop the guitar moving around inside the case and protect it from bangs and scratches.

This means not just getting one specific for your guitar type e.g. acoustic, bass, electric, but also where appropriate for the model.

  • For example if you have an acoustic is it a full size, or ¾? Is it a 12 string? In which case you may need extra room for the larger head.
  • If it's an electric guitar is it a telecaster, stratocaster, les paul, flying v, does it have a reverse or slanted head? Some cases are are universal but others are more specific. Most cases are made for the standard tele/strat shape and are built with the most common producers, fender, gibson and epiphone in mind so in most cases you should be fine. However it is worth considering these elements before you buy. We have tried in most cases to state if the case is built for a specific design or if it is more universal. Particularly unique shaped guitars it is worth making sure the case will fit your guitar before you buy.

Another consideration alongside the fit is the padding. A decent quality case should come with decent padding, but if you are looking at a cheaper model it is worth paying particular attention to this as this can be an area where cheaper models and brands cut costs. I would recommend a minimum padding of 10-15mm.

The type of padding can also be important as you want to make sure the lining is soft enough to leave the guitar finish in pristine condition. A fake fur or velvety lining is ideal.

Another thing we look at when assessing a quality case is what it is made of. Most are made of plastic, wood or light metal. Of some combination of them. Often with a plastic or vinyl finish, which has the added bonus of being water resistant as well. But you should also pay attention to what the the handles made of. You want them to be of equally sturdy material, as the case and that they are securely attached. You don't want to it to break on transit. In addition to this you want to ensure the fastenings of a decent quality. Even worse than the handle breaking is the case opening by itself while you are carrying it and banging on the floor.

Ultimately the main advice would be don't get a super cheap one. In particular if your guitar has some value. Cheap cases often don't fit the guitar well, provide poor padding, plus handles and fastenings can break or be poor quality build (which can break under pressure). The main point of a hard case is to protect your guitar and so it is worth getting one that will properly do that. You don't have to break the bank, £60-100 should normally be adequate and there are plenty decent ones in the price range.

Other Cool Uses for Guitar Cases

So we’ve all seen the hollywood movies where 1920 & 30s gangsters mow each other down with sprays of bullets from the tommy guns they would hide in their violin or guitar cases (not condoning these actions). Well it turns out that you can actually do this, there are even videos on youtube about how to do this very thing. As in how to store a tommy gun in a violin case, not how to mow people down (please don't do this!). Problem is that in real life then the case was rarely used for this purpose. Real life mobsters would prefer to use the large broadsheet newspapers of the day as it was easier to fire quickly (don't need to stop and open the case) and bullets fire easier though paper than a wooden case meaning you can keep the gun concealed while shooting (again not condoning this).

This idea was taken to the next level in the Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy (El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico) starring Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi in which he, and his fellow Mariachi musicians, store their guns in their guitar cases.

But surely there are other things you could do with a guitar case? So this got us thinking, you’ve heard of people carrying a briefcase full of money, usually with the obligatory set of handcuffs securing it to the carrier. Amatuers! Think how much cash you could fit in a guitar case! Plus no one will suspect money in there because they will also expect it to be filled with guns (or in some unlikely events maybe even a guitar). Pro tip, get a case with a lock. Cases are all about safety after all.

Alternatively, for the creatives out there (which we assume many of you are as musicians) did you know you can also use an old guitar case to make some funky shelves for your house? Neither did we but there are some great examples on pinterest of people doing just this. Using them to store CDs, ornaments or even wine and glasses. Probably a better choice than the other options above let's be honest.

Naming

So in addition to the distinctions I have drawn above, between a standard gig bag and a soft case bag it is probably worth noting there are a number of different names for gig bags in general. The most common being gig bag, soft case and guitar gig bag, but I have also known them to be called guitar bags, guitar soft cases, or case bags. For the purposes of this page we will be calling them gig bags or guitar gig bags with the majority of bags on this page falling into the soft case gig bag category however please be sure to look at the padding levels recommended with each to find the right one for you.

What is a guitar gig bag?

Essentially a guitar gig bag is a bag that you use to carry your guitar, often to a gig or studio, thus the name. Gig bags can range from anything to a standard bag made of thin material with a flimsy material handle (much like you would find in a beginners guitar starter pack) to a fully padded soft case bag made of durable material, with strong back straps and extra pockets for your accessories. The range is big so hopefully the advice and recommendations on this page will help you navigate through getting the right gig bag for you.

Why Should I Buy a Guitar Gig Bag?

Pros:

  • Much safer than carrying by hand
  • Cheaper than repairing or replacing your guitar
  • Generally costs less than case
  • Less heavy than case
  • Can come with back straps, making it easier to carry and leaving hands free to carry amps, equipment, etc….
  • Helps protect against knocks, scratches, rain etc… (hough admittedly not as much as a case)
  • Can come with external pockets for carrying tuners, strings, capos, etc...

Cons:

  • Won't protect as well as hard case
  • Guitar may still get damaged on big falls or in transit if in the boot, hold or back of a van

Things to look for when buying a guitar gig bag

  • A sturdy handle is a must - you don't want it to break while you are carrying your guitar
  • Padding on the bag. This seems obvious but not all bags have it. I would recommend looking for a minimum of 10-15mm of padding.
  • Make sure it fits your guitar. It’s a simple point but you’d be surprised how many people buy a gig bag (or case) to find out that it doesn't fit their guitar. Guitars come in all shapes and sizes and so do bags, I would check if the bag is compatible with your guitars model before buying.
  • Choose material that is both durable and waterproof/resistant