Jason wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:33 pm
I guess it all depends on what your needs are. I have no desire to fly with my guitar, I'm quite content to perform locally, and I don't really enjoy exotic vacations, so I don't need an expensive flightcase. I use cases made by Alhambra, they cost about $260cdn, and are more than adequate for day to day use. I'm planning to get a case cover soon. I'm not a fan of gigbags, as I have seen too many mishaps with them that resulted in damage, that could have been prevented. Tric makes a nice light case, with a nylon cover that will protect the guitar, and you can carry it like a backpack, however, you need to make sure it will fit, as theres not a lot of room at the heel. Another drawback, the hinges are made if plastic, but are replaceable. If I was in need of a more expensive case, I would go for a Visesnut.
It's true, I guess... I bought the Cibeles case only because it was 70EUR on sale, compared to several hundred EUR real deal carbon cases.
When it comes to flying though, I have flown with a decent styrofoam case for a while, about 10 legs, and have had no damage whatsoever on the case or the guitar. It may be a miracle for some of my guitarist friends with some catastrophic experiences. The reason may be that I was always asked to go to so called "irregular luggage" reception to drop my guitar as I had shown concerns at the check-in. I don't know how it works, but mine has always come out intact so far. And it is very light, which is extremely advantageous on the go. All in all, my styrofoam case is my overall best performing case. The con maybe it is a little bit bulky.
I don't mind gigbag soft cases neither for the guitars currently I have with me (which are rather inexpensive, max 2kUSD). In fact my daily case has been a lightly padded gigbag to get around the cafes and restaurants I play at. I have gone to and from them located 2-3 blocks away from my house literally everyday (7 days a week) for about 2 years, except for about 5-10 sick/flying days a year or so, and have had no damage. Gigbags make guitar playing all the more casual, and nice to have one if affordable, in order to fully appreciate the great mobile nature of the instrument, whether to a park or to a river bank to crack some chords for a couple of hours to draw on different kinds of inspiration they have to offer. There is yet one more advantage: You can do grocery shopping and your shopping can fit in the gigbag pocket. This I always appreciate.
But I might not take the gigbag on any public transport, so that the gigbag is fun and convenient ONLY for a walking distance I'd say.