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Soft Guitar Case: Gig Bag for General Protection & Convenience
Once you start playing the guitar there will be several occasion when you may have to carry your guitar outdoors.
It could be for guitar lessons at a music school, or it could be rehearsal with fellow musicians or it could even be for a gig.
Soft Guitar Cases Come in Handy
For such cases, it is best to have a general purpose soft guitar case or a gig bag that protects your guitar from dust, liquid spills and offers some level of protection.
It also offers great convenience considering you can easily carry a few accessories as well music books / sheets along by putting them in the zipped pockets that are usually provided.
A fabric based bag is economical and very portable but then for an expensive guitar it will definitely not offer the level of protection that a hard case would offer.
You may consider buying this good-quality padded acoustic guitar gig bag or a solidbody electric guitar case, which is good enough for general protection and also provides pocket/s for storage.
In case you own an expensive dreadnaught guitar and want extra protection, you can use a hardshell dreadnaught guitar case that is made of hard wood with adequate internal padding.
Factors to Consider
Before deciding on a guitar case, you need to think how you are going to use your guitar; whether you will be taking it to gigs regularly or just to your friends place for fun or for music lessons.
Other things to look at includes how many zippered pockets you need, do you need shoulder straps as well as handles for easy transport.
The degree of protection required for your guitar will be different, based on how you’re going to use it, but for general purpose use a Soft Guitar Case will suit fine.
Maintaining the Soft Guitar Case
If you live in a dusty area, you’ll need to occasionally clean/dust your guitar case, you may even use a slightly damp cloth to clean the soft case. However, do not totally submerge the guitar case in water for washing; it may not dry soon and you could damage the guitar if some portion of the case still remains wet.
The best thing to do is to clean the guitar bag by giving it a sponge bath (you may mix mild soap).
Best Soft Guitar Case / Gig Bags
Here are some great options for soft guitar cases / gig bags, you can use these for acoustic, electric as well as bass guitars. These gig bags allow for easy transport between gigs, rehearsals or guitar classes.
ChromaCast Acoustic Guitar 6-Pocket Padded Gig Bag
The ChromaCast Acoustic Guitar 6-Pocket Padded Gig Bag is a greta buy for the beginner guitarist. It comes with 2-handles and 2-shoulder straps, the package also includes ChromaCast Guitar Strap and ChromaCast Pick Sampler.
Epiphone Gigbag for Solidbody Electric Guitars
The Epiphone Gigbag for Solidbody Electric Guitars is a basic bag that does a great job of carry the guitar. It has back straps for easy carrying, has a skall zippered pocket for carrying accessories (holds a strap, patch cord, but not much else).
Phitz Bass Guitar Case
Phitz Bass Guitar Case is built for the serious musician. It comes with thick padding to protect your guitar, a reinforced carry handle, locker loop, backpack straps and rust-proof zippers, sewn with heavy duty polyester luggage thread. Large front pocket and small hidden pocket for sheet music and guitar accessories. It fits most standard-sized electric bass guitars.
ChromaCast CC-BPB-BAG Bass Guitar Gig Bag
The ChromaCast CC-BPB-BAG Bass Guitar Gig Bag comes with six pockets, two adjustable padded shoulder straps, two handles, rubber bottom bumper for added protection. Can be use for Acoustic, Electric, and Electric Bass Guitars.
The most suitable guitar case for a beginner would be something that is comparatively low-cost, is lightweight, is made up of fabric, and something that offers adequate padding to ensure general protection for your guitar. This is till the time you get really serious with your guitar playing. When you finally start performing on a regular basis at gigs and at high traffic venues, then it would definitely be prudent to get yourself a hard guitar plastic case. Until then a Soft Guitar Case / Gig Bag should be fine.