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Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case Black

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The Gator GWE-Dread-12 Hardshell Archtop Guitar Case protects a dreadnought 12-string guitar from the rigors of the road. Features rugged 5-ply cross-grain plywood construction with Tolex PVC covering... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gator GWE-Dread-12 Hardshell Archtop Guitar Case protects a dreadnought 12-string guitar from the rigors of the road. Features rugged 5-ply cross-grain plywood construction with Tolex PVC covering, attractive contrast stitching, comfortable matching handle, metal feet on the bottom and side, plush padded interior with accessory compartment, and locking latches for security.

Features
  • Fits dreadnought 12-string guitars
  • 5-ply cross-grain plywood construction with Tolex PVC covering
  • Leather-like caps with white stitching
  • Ergonomic matching handle
  • Bottom & side metal feet
  • Plush padded interior with accessory compartment
Specifications
  • Body Lower Bout Width: 16.5"
    Body Middle Bout Width: 11.75"
    Body Upper Bout Width: 12"
    Body Total Length: 22.25"
    Headstock Width: 4.5"
    Headstock Length: 10"
    Total Length: 43"
    Bottom Body Height: 5.5"
    Top Body Height: 3"
    Headstock Start Height: 5.5"
    Headstock End Height: 5.5"
    Exterior: 44" x 17.5" x 7"
    Weight: 9 lbs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
We are proud of our products and want you to be proud to use them. Gator Cases products are covered under warranty against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the original owner with proof of purchase from an authorized Gator dealer. Upon acceptance, Gator Cases, will repair or replace any product found to be defective. Damages due to normal wear, improper care, modification, negligence, rental purposes and accidents, where Gator Cases is not at fault, are not covered. Please keep your receipt so you have proof of purchase or register your case with the registration card that came with it. International warranty claims will be handled through the local distributor. Do not hesitate to contact us with any warranty question or claims.


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GatorGWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (11)
  • Good protection (10)
  • Easy to carry (5)
  • Stylish (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (6)
  • Travel (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent case...but not exceptional

This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end...Read complete review

This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end of the case is plenty long enough to fit the extra length head stocks commonly seen on 12 string guitars.

Concert sized 12 strings...which are common...have a little bit too much wiggle room and you'll need to pad the sides a little if you want a to keep your concert from moving around inside the case.

A Dreadnaught body would fit just about right, which is what Gator says.

The interior of the case is soft and covered with
a furry fabric--but it's not especially padded, so you'll want to have a good snug fit or your guitar will bang around some in the case.

The interior "cubby hole" is a bit smaller than I would have liked. You can store a couple sets of strings, a neck wrench and a capo in it...but I'm pretty sure most guitar straps wouldn't fit. In addition, the hinge on the cubby hole cover is just flimsy fabric so don't expect a lot of strength if you try to jam extra do-dads in to the cubby.

On the plus side the gator case appears to be strong and very sturdy. You could probably step on the thing and it would hold up and not crush your guitar. But the snap locks are of marginal quality and don't line up perfectly...at least on my case. They work fine if you wiggle the top a bit to the side to get them to line up. This isn't a big deal....but it would be nice if they lined up just right each time you closed the case.

Perhaps I'm being a bit picky, but the cases that came with my Breedlove Guitars for instance are twice the quality of this Gator case...however, also more than twice the cost if you tried to buy them separately.

So what's the bottom line? Well, this Gator case is a decent case and a good value for it's cost. Just don't think it will compare to the factory case that comes with your better quality Breedlove, Martin or Taylor, because it won't. But for the money it's not a bad buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as the pictures and advertising show.

Obviously, I do not rate this case very highly.
As noted, it lacks storage capacity for accessories except for the minimum. So if you buy this case for your instrument, count on...Read complete review

Obviously, I do not rate this case very highly.
As noted, it lacks storage capacity for accessories except for the minimum. So if you buy this case for your instrument, count on having to carry a separate case for things like a tuner, spare picks, music, guitar polish, string cleaner.
In addition, the quality of construction is very poor. Due to excessive humidity here in the midwest, the plies are beginning to separate and warp. Showing the materials used by gator to manufacture this case are not high quality. I had a hardshell (plywood construction) case from another manufacturer for another guitar that never wore out in the 10 years I owned it. I've had this one for less than four months and it's falling apart already.
Gator will not honor the warranty--they claim that because the case is falling apart due to the extreme humidity we have experienced this spring in the midwest and it is not a manufacturing defect.
So I have to buy a new case to replace one that was purchased new less than six months ago.
You can bet a year's income I will never be purchasing another product made by gator.
It lacks storage space for accessories. by the time you put a capo and a spare set of strings in the little compartment--it's full.
The quality is poor. The product description claims that it is constructed from 5-ply plywood. That is not true. The construction is 3-ply to reduce the weight and the core wood is something called "luan," which, according to woodworking manuals, is a very cheap grade of mahogany grown in the Philippines which has about as much durability as balsa wood. Unless epoxied and sealed, the plies can separate and warp.
Given the lack of features and poor quality of construction, this is a terrible value for the money.

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4.0

Very sturdy construction and perfect fit!

By Domenic

from Capitola, Ca

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

      Very sturdy construction, perfect fit!

       
      5.0

      Fit my Taylor 150e 12 string acoustic guitar perfect

      By Shane

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

      Fit my Taylor 150e 12 string acoustic guitar perfect

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Bob

      from Scotch Plains, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

          Quality case for Guild D-25 Guitars.
          Guitar Center made the process easy -

           
          4.0

          More Protection For Less

          By Budget Bassist

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Protection
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

            Overall great value and quality. I would only like a little tighter fit, but it's otherwise very good.

             
            5.0

            Great hard shell case at a great price!

            By T² Guitars

            from Birmingham Alabama

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Travel

              Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

              My 12 String Dreadnought fit in this case perfectly. The interior has plenty of padding, a soft velvet like material. I found the interior storage compartment to be average sized and what I have come to expect in a high quality case. Time will tell the durability of the exterior, but out of the box, it appears to be of good quality and workmanship. The latches work and fit well. I an very pleased with my purchase. At the sale price I paid it was more than a bargain, it was a steal!

               
              5.0

              Experience with product

              By Bariman

              from New Orleans La

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Good Protection
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • It Is A Little Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

              I bought this for my Epiphone 12 string and it fits it to the tee.

              The moment I placed my acoustic in it fit like it was custom made for it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Seems Functional

              By DON

              from Albuquerque, NM

              Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

              Got this for a 1979 Japanese Alvarez 12-string. Fits perfectly. Seems solid and well-constructed for the price. No problems with warping, but this is a very dry environment. Looks good and easy to open and close. Storage is pretty typical for this type of case. No regrets.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Right Case

              By ALFRED BAREFOOT

              from Fayetteville, NC

              Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

              I bought a new Dean electric 12 string from Guitar Center and needed a case. I contacted customer service about which one would do the job. They recommended the Gator Dreadnaught case, and it did the job. So far the case is great with no problems. It looks good and fits my needs. Thanks Guitar Center.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent case...but not exceptional

              By Love My Acoustic 55

              from Wyoming

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Protection
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Not Especially Well Made

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

                This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end of the case is plenty long enough to fit the extra length head stocks commonly seen on 12 string guitars.

                Concert sized 12 strings...which are common...have a little bit too much wiggle room and you'll need to pad the sides a little if you want a to keep your concert from moving around inside the case.

                A Dreadnaught body would fit just about right, which is what Gator says.

                The interior of the case is soft and covered with
                a furry fabric--but it's not especially padded, so you'll want to have a good snug fit or your guitar will bang around some in the case.

                The interior "cubby hole" is a bit smaller than I would have liked. You can store a couple sets of strings, a neck wrench and a capo in it...but I'm pretty sure most guitar straps wouldn't fit. In addition, the hinge on the cubby hole cover is just flimsy fabric so don't expect a lot of strength if you try to jam extra do-dads in to the cubby.

                On the plus side the gator case appears to be strong and very sturdy. You could probably step on the thing and it would hold up and not crush your guitar. But the snap locks are of marginal quality and don't line up perfectly...at least on my case. They work fine if you wiggle the top a bit to the side to get them to line up. This isn't a big deal....but it would be nice if they lined up just right each time you closed the case.

                Perhaps I'm being a bit picky, but the cases that came with my Breedlove Guitars for instance are twice the quality of this Gator case...however, also more than twice the cost if you tried to buy them separately.

                So what's the bottom line? Well, this Gator case is a decent case and a good value for it's cost. Just don't think it will compare to the factory case that comes with your better quality Breedlove, Martin or Taylor, because it won't. But for the money it's not a bad buy.

                 
                5.0

                Nice case

                By Paul

                from Houston TX

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Protection
                • Sturdy
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

                  Nice case, sturdy, fits my dreadnought seagull 12 string well enough.

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