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Kids Guitar Lessons - How to Select a Guitar Case...

The Case for Cases:


One thing we all have to remember is that our guitars are very fragile. You drop them and they can crack. If you drop them on the floor, neck first and they neck or the headstock can crack off. Bump them hard enough on a music stand or a sharp corner and they can crack or be severely dented.


So how can we prevent all of these thing from happening to our prize instrument?


First of all, if you leave your guitar out all the time, and if you have dogs, cats, a little brother or sister around the instrument, it is justa a matter of time before something happens.


The absolutely safest place for your guitar is in it's own house - that is a case. Depending of the value of your instrument, cases can cost from $20.00 to $400.00. If you have a $100.00 guitar, it doesn't make sense to store it in a $100.00 case.

But is you have a 50 year-old Martin or Gibson that your dad, grandpa or uncle gave you, you better consider putting that treasure in a great case, as it is worth several thousand dollars and keeps getting more valuable.


But there are alternatives for those of us with the $80 to$200.00 guitars - here are some of your options and how much protection they afford.


Gig Bag:
The Gig Bag gives you least amount of protection, but it is the cheapest. It is usually a vinyl-covered fleece bag with a zipper and several pouches attached.
Instrument Access: Fairly Difficult
Protection Against Hot & Cold: Quite Good
Protection Again Minor Denting: Good
Protection Again Fall Objects: Minimal
Humidity Control Available: No
Recommended Use: Home Storage and Minimal Transportation
Security: None

Pricing: $20.00


Soft Sided Case:
The Soft Sided or Soft Shell Case is made from a vinyl coated chipboard. This again give you minimal protection, but has a few different features from the Gig Bag.
Instrument Access: Easy
Protection Against Hot & Cold: Poor
Protection Again Minor Denting: Good
Protection Again Fall Objects: Fair
Humidity Control Available: No
Recommended Use: Home Storage and Minimal Transportation
Security: None

Pricing: $30.00

Generic Hard-shell Case:

These are normally flat-topped cases with fleece lining and plywood or hardboard plates and sides with vinyl covering.
Instrument Access: Easy
Protection Against Hot & Cold: Good - Leave instrument in case for 30 minutes.
Protection Again Minor Denting: Very Good
Protection Again Fall Objects: Good
Humidity Control Available: Yes
Recommended Use: Home Storage and Frequent Transportation
Security: Locking Available - Depends on the case mfr.

Pricing: $49.00 - $80.00

Arched and Fitted Hard-shell Case:
These case are made for a specific size of guitar. The tops and backs are arched for added strength.
Instrument Access: Easy
Protection Against Hot & Cold: Very Good - Leave instrument in case for 30 minutes.
Protection Again Minor Denting: Excellent
Protection Again Fall Objects: Excellent
Humidity Control Available: Yes
Recommended Use: Home Storage and Frequent Transportation
Security: Locking Available - Depends on the case mfr.

Pricing: $80.00 - $200.00

Fiberglass and Fitted Hard-shell Case:
These case are made for a specific size of guitar. The exterior is made from fiberglass and the interior is typically a fitted foam with fleece covering.
Instrument Access: Easy
Protection Against Hot & Cold: Very Good - Leave instrument in case for 30 minutes.
Protection Again Minor Denting: Excellent
Protection Again Fall Objects: Excellent
Humidity Control Available: Yes
Recommended Use: Home Storage and Frequent Transportation
Security: Locking Available - Depends on the case mfr.

Pricing: $130.00 - $250.00

So as you can see, you have quite a range of choices. There are, of course many different case options besides these that we have given you. I would recommend a search here for some great deals on Guitar Cases that will suit your needs.

Don't forget to control the humidity in your home. It is your guitar's worst enemy. See our article on Guitar and Home Humidifiers.

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