Cheap Hardshell Guitar Cases Vs Guitar Gig Bags


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Looking at those CHEAP HARDSHELL GUITAR CASES are you? Did you know there’s better GUITAR GIG BAGS for the same cost if not less. Check This Out!

Hello gang, I thought I would do a little of what I like to call “Guitar Shop Talk”. I’m going to keep this real laid back and informal as I can. But still giving you good quality information that you could use at some point.

Now I know that talking about guitar cases and gig bags is probably not on the top of your Hit Paraders List of whats what! And more than likely you already have a solid view on this subject and if you do thats great continue reading and see if you can relate.
But if your one who thinks this is not a subject worth talking about, then let me try to save you some money!

Guitar Case Testing – Picture Your Guitar Going Through This!

When You Buy Your First Guitar

Hooray! you’ve bought your first guitar, I know the excitement your having. And you just can’t wait to get it home so you can start to rock out on it. Right at this very moment you need to think about proper Guitar Maintenance and Storage.

So don’t leave that guitar store before you have gotten a case for it. Or at the very least a gig bag. Most of the time if you talk hard enough they will throw in the hardshell case with that guitar. If not, then they will give you the case at a good discounted rate.


But whatever you do don’t let them talk you into taking a cheap case thats some what like a hardshell case.

Instead of that talk to the sales person and they will probably will throw in one of their higher dollar gig bags thats well made and padded for you in order to make the sale.

Look I’m just watching out for you cuz where you bought that instrument might not care. And I’m assuming you have just spent at least $500 or more on your very first guitar. Depending on how you think of this you need to “protect your investment” ($500) or “keep your guitar in good shape”.

So get that case or bag, if your like me get both. Here’s just one incident out of countless that can and will happen, its just not pretty when you have a cheap wanna-be hardshell case.

The Expense of a Lesson

A number of years ago I had bought this Ovation used from this fella while out and about playing. The only down side to this purchase was the Ovation didn’t come with the Best Acoustic Guitar Case that you would have expected for that instrument.
Instead it came with that cheaper cardboard type case.


I had intended to change this case out for another better quality case. Just never got around to it though, finally I completely forgot to take care of it.

One day I decided to take this guitar out and perform with it. So we loaded it up with the other two guitars that go with me.
The guitar played and sounded ok, not one of my favorites but it did well. When we was done I sat the guitar in the stand.

A little bit later one of the stage hands put the guitar in its case then leaned it up against a speaker cab. (I wouldn’t have done that myself).

Shortly there after someone grabbed the speaker cab with out seeing the guitar leaned up against it, and away it fell to the ground.

When we opened the case the guitar had appeared to be ok, so we cased it back up and hauled it back home.
The next day I opened the case and saw that the neck had snapped off at the body of the guitar.

At the guitar shop where I took it for repairs the tech. told me that it could be fixed but he doubted it would ever play the same again. So instead of spending the money to put it back together,  then it not playing right I decided to just cut my losses and trash it.

A Solemn Reminder For Protection

On one of my nights off I took the pleasure of going to listen to a friend that was playing at a Casino doing a solo act. Its always good to get out of the house and watch someone else work once in a while. Besides in my circles we support each other when we get the chance.

Anyway his gig was close to where we all lived at the time. So like we always do theres no sense in taking a hardshell case especially when a gig bag would work just fine. Easy to carry, easy to keep out of the way in cramped conditions.


Well all went well, I rested and he worked. When he was done packing up for the night he laid his bagged guitar down on top of a grand piano no problemo (little Mexican Lingo!).

That is until this drunk chick showing off her performing abilities to her friends, decides to jump up on the piano and auditions for everyone.

Before we could get to her, she accidentally pushed the guitar off the piano, it bounced off a small table then crashed to the floor.

I was feeling bad for him as his guitar cost him 5x’s more than my broken Ovation.

We just knew something broke on that ax. But when we got it out of the bag there wasn’t even a scratch to that guitar. Everything was intact, as we checked the whole thing out right there and then. Only damage was the drink that was on the table had left a stain on the bag, and that was not noticeable at all.

Days later when I called him the guitar was doing just fine.

Some Final Thoughts



These incidences happen more than you might think. And just because you think well I’m not playing anywhere but home at this time, so I’m not going to need a case just yet. Wrong again young Jedi! It happens more at home than any place else.

When you buy your first guitar you really do need a good case for it, and not some cheap one the dealer wants to give you.

So the moral of the story of those Cheap Hardshell Guitar Cases Vs Guitar Gig Bags is, quit being a tight ass and at least get you a good gig bag.:)

I hope this serves you well as I knocked it out rather fast, due to time constraints. Come see me again for more at Treble Clef Reviews.

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14 thoughts on “Cheap Hardshell Guitar Cases Vs Guitar Gig Bags

  1. nnamdi

    Hello Marcus, you have given me a reason to get a case for my guitar. Not just any case but the one you recommended, guitar gig bag. I have a guitar for some time now(which I hardly play anyway, lol) but never thought of getting a bag for it, let alone a guitar gig bag. But, you have really enlightened me, therefore, I am making a run of to the store for it. Thanks for the info.

    By the way, I bookmarked your site for future lessons on how to play guitar.

    1. Markus Post author

      Welcome back Nnamdi, you don’t have a case or a bag for your guitar? Its an important item to have I mean if the guitar means anything to you.
      Yea I mean a bag will work and they aren’t that expensive. So let me know what one you finally get. Thanks for bookmarking my site.
      Don’t forget you can now subscribe and I’ll get you lots of training lined up. Good to see you, have a safe one and I will see you next time.

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Emanuel

    Finally I found a website with all the information that I was looking for.
    You have some great information here! I am just learning about Cheap Hardshell Guitar Cases, so I learned a lot. Thanks!
    You saved my day.

    1. Markus Post author

      Welcome to Treble Clef Emanuel, I’m glad that the info on guitar cases has helped you out. Do come back and see us.

      Thanks 🙂

  3. Emily

    hi Markus!
    love your personal stories! and that video! A concrete block? And the guitar is okay? That is insane. I kind of assume that guitars are fragile and need protection but this post drove it home. If one is paying 500$+ for a guitar then an investment in a good case seems like a very smart decision

    1. Markus Post author

      Hey Emily, its been awhile good to see you back. Yea wasn’t that video crazy? I know when I travel in the air with one of my guitars, now it can go onboard with me.
      But it use to get checked in. And in my mind I could see those baggage handlers doing that with my guitar.
      And yep you would think that some after paying $500 for the guitar they would get the case. Most do but believe me some don’t. Thanks for stopping by see you next time.

      Thanks 🙂

  4. Jeffrey Bado

    Hello Markus…very nice post. I started taking guitar lessons years ago with my son but was distracted by my work (I was practicing medicine at the time). Very engaging post with very practical advice.

    My favorite guitarist was Michael Hedges (he could play a melody with both hands on the same guitar). i saw him in concert (solo)…what a talent.

    Maybe I will pick it back up…keep up the good work!


    1. Markus Post author

      Welcome to Treble Clef Jeffrey its nice to meet you.I hear you word does tend to take its toll. But being in medicine I imagine was very demanding.
      Glad you enjoyed the post and advice. Its never to late to pick the guitar back up. When you do let me know I’ll see if I can help in some way.
      I never had the pleasure of meeting or seeing Michael perform but I do know that we lost a very talented guitarist in December of 97.
      Come and see us again Jeffrey look forward to it.

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Jay

    Thanks for this. I know I actually will be looking for this down the road. My guitar hasn’t broken on me yet, and is not showing any signs…but you never know just like you said lol. I’ve had some close calls though…I bookmarked your page 🙂

    1. Markus Post author

      Hello Jay welcome to Treble Clef, it good to see you. Its always good to have at least a gig bag.
      You just never know when or where it will fall so lets not take that chance.Hey thanks for bookmarking my site and hope to see you back soon.

      Thanks 🙂

  6. Brittni Sue

    Hi Markus! Came across your website and found your articles interesting and enjoyable to read. I don’t currently own a guitar or know how to play one …… but that may be on my future ‘Bucket List’! Lol

    1. Markus Post author

      Hello Brittni and welcome to Treble Clef Reviews. Well I’m glad to hear you enjoyed my post on Cheap Hardshell Guitar Cases Vs Guitar Gig Bags.
      I understand the bucket list as my list is long as well. But if you ever do think you want to learn guitar come back and I will see if I can lead you in the right direction.
      See You then!

      Thanks 🙂

  7. steph

    Hi….My son has been wanting to start guitar lessons. Thank you for the information. I appreciate it. I will be back to visit as I learn more about the best deals for guitars and lessons.

    1. Markus Post author

      Thanks for stopping Steph. Well when your son is ready to take guitar lessons, come on back and I will see what I can do to help the process along.
      I’ll do what I can to point you to the best deal. However that being said a lot of the times the good deal don’t equate to a good guitar teacher.
      Most good teachers do have some kind of deals going on, still it would be better to error on the qualified teacher first than the deal.
      You and your son come back and see me, we’ll help all we can.

      Thanks 🙂


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