When you’re traveling from venue to venue, having a case for your acoustic guitar is a must. Whether it’s a short city trip or cross-country tour, a case will protect your instrument from the dings and scratches that can often occur when you’re on the road, and also gives you piece of mind that your instrument will arrive at its destination safe and secure.
Like acoustic guitars, cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are made for specific models and dimensions while others are universal. Some cases are molded while others are lightweight and heavy duty. No matter what the design, one of the most important things you need to look for is how your acoustic guitar fits inside the case. That should be your number one priority. The fit should be nice and tight with plenty of padding to cushion the ride.
Other features to look for when deciding on a case for your acoustic guitar is how many carrying straps and handles you need. If you’re just carrying the case from your home to your vehicle for that downtown gig, a single carrying handle is probably right for you. When your travels involve a lot of walking through airport terminals, you might want to consider a case that features padded backpack straps or a longer shoulder strap. These ensure you’re more comfortable when transporting your acoustic guitar for longer distances.
Another thing to consider is how much storage space you need. Most cases come with interior compartments or pockets to hold all your accessories. Having your strap, picks and tuner all in one place and easily accessible is super convenient no matter where you are. Something else that should factor into your decision is whether or not you need locking latches. Locking latches on your case are a great idea when your itinerary includes a lot of airline travel. They ensure your acoustic guitar stays securely inside and is safely protected between the ride to the airport, baggage check, customs and your hotel.
With such a wide selection of acoustic guitar cases to choose from, you’re sure to find one that best suits your needs. It really comes down to personal preference and how far away your travels take you. Whether your acoustic guitar is a Fender, Gibson, ¾ Cordoba Cadete or any other brand, you’re sure to find a case to help keep your instrument in pristine condition so you can continue to play year after year.