Having the best electric guitar and playing it in various shows is the dream of all guitarists. But carrying it incorrectly makes your guitar that was initially a professional quality become mediocre and even worse.
My brother-in-law experiences this. His Celestar Fender hit hard when moved and without using proper protection or gig bag. Performances that originally wanted to become a miracle vanished instantly.
Not wanting this to happen to my beloved Ibanez Roadcore, I conducted various tests on electric guitar gig bags and cases on the market and summarized them for you.
The Top 10 Best Guitar Electric Gig Bag & Cases
|Items||Product Dimension||Item Weight|
|MONO M80 Electric Guitar Case||5 x 17.5 x 44.5 inches||3 pounds|
|MONO M80 Sleeve Electric Guitar Case||46 x 19 x 4 inches||4.41 pounds|
|Gator Cases Transit Series||42 x 6 x 15 inches||4.6 pounds|
|Music Area WIND 20 Series||42.9 x 16.1 x 5.5 inches||4.63 pounds|
|Ibanez IGB541 Powerpad||42.5 x 16.9 x 3 inches||2.43 pounds|
|ChromaCast CC-EPB-BAG||16 x 6 x 12 inches||2.2 pounds|
|Crossrock 335 Style Guitar Case||47.6 x 9.1 x 19.3 inches||15 pounds|
|Gator Cases Deluxe ABS Molded Case||40.8 x 15.2 x 5.2 inches||8 pounds|
|SKB 62 Jaguar Jazzmaster Style||47 x 18.6 x 6 inches||11.75 pounds|
|ChromaCast CC-EHC Hard Case||43 x 14 x 4 inches||10 pounds|
1. MONO M80 Electric Guitar Case
I travel quite often carrying my favorite guitar using airplanes, buses and subways and MONO M80 is my first choice. This case has thick padding, which is very lovely on the inside even though the bottom padding is not thick enough. This case also equipped with a neck locking mechanism on the guitar, high-quality luxury lining and plenty of room in the pocket. Many small pocket details that I often used to store picks or electric guitar strings and there are also several big pockets so that I can also carry my laptop.
The strap is wide and padded and has a clip bracket to lock in front of you or tie the two straps together when you are not using it. This guitar bag is suitable for those of you who travel a lot, especially using airplanes.
- Has a neck locking system
- Quite a lot of pocket
- Wide and soft strap
- Bottom pads are less thick
2. MONO M80 Sleeve Electric Guitar Case
MONO M80 Sleeve is a little different from the MONO M80 that I previously reviewed. It has a top-loading feature so that you have access to the inside of the bag without having to open the whole bag. The neck suspension system and Headlock are sleeker because it is made of EVA rubber that can protect your guitar from impact. There is a front style messenger bag that can store the small laptops and cables that you need when travelling entirely.
MONO M80 SLEEVE - Electric Guitar Case Review
This is review from Patrick Been about MONO M80 SLEEVE
Overall this is a bag that is well-built though not too big. I tried to include the Jazzmaster in it, but it was very tight while Tele was very fitting in it. There are no padding on the sides of the guitar, only zippers and stitches so that not too much protection is obtained.
- A top-loading feature so that access to the bag is easier
- A lightweight case
- Headlock is slimmer
- Not too big
- There are no padding on the side of the guitar for protection
3. Gator Cases Transit Series – Charcoal Black Exterior (GT-ELECTRIC-BLK)
This casing looks better in real life than the picture. The thing that I like is the texture, and the red interior gives a costly and luxurious appearance. Having a bright red color makes it easy to choose between bags and other black cases. This guitar bag also comes with three additional cushions that can be removed. The first part surrounds the head stock, the second part is the neck brace, and the third is fitted to support the bottom of the guitar.
Besides that, the case is light and has three exterior pockets that can hold all the things I need when I perform. The thing that makes me a little worried is the straps with a small plastic pivot point. The straps are not very good and seem to be easily damaged when carrying them around. However, this can be overcome by adding steel wire key chain rings through the webbing as additional insurance if the plastic support breaks.
- The height is quite long so that it can carry 12-strings Yamaha guitar
- Luxurious impression
- Has three additional cushions inside
- The straps don’t last long
4. Music Area WIND 20 Series
I must say that I am very impressed with what the Music Area is doing with the following guitar bag. The raw material is environmentally friendly and complies with ROHS + Polyester (900D) and with an innovative snowflake texture. It is designed with 10mm Foam and 20mm EPE so that it waterproof, dustproof and can absorbing shock.
It has a large pocket that I can use to store cables or books while a small pouch for cellphones or tuners. This case is a little heavier than the others, but the comfortable and sturdy handle of the bag and the ergonomic S-type shoulder strap add to the comfort of the WIND 20 Series Music Area.
- Environmentally friendly raw materials
- Waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant
- Has a large pocket and a small pocket
- A little heavy
5. Ibanez IGB541 Powerpad Electric Guitar Gig Bag (IGB541BE)
For the performance bag, Ibanez IGB541 is pretty good and has plenty of storage for your guitar and some accessories. There is a neck strap on the inside that you can use to secure the guitar, so it doesn’t shift when you carry it. Material and bag construction is also quite good with a light weight of 2.43 pounds.
But what is unfortunate is this padding bag is not so good. This bag will be useful for someone who wants a bag that is stylish and attractive. But if you want maximum protection, you have to switch to other options.
- Lightly carried
- Bags with a trendy and attractive style
- Has a lot of storage
- Protection is less than the maximum
- Padding is not thick enough
6. ChromaCast CC-EPB-BAG
This backpack-style strap is designed for general purpose storage and transportation. The front and side handles have flexible and suitable plastic handles. The zipper works smoothly even though it feels a bit stiff.
Ibanez fits perfectly in the bag, and there is still little room to store other objects in the container. Apart from that, the bag has enough storage bags so that I can also get other items that I need there too. I can even insert an Ibanez, strap, main cable, speaker cable, extra cable, power, an extra set of strings, and my tuner.
This gig bag is a decent bag for the price. There is a pad in the pocket but not so thick. It is there but doesn’t expect a large amount of shock resistance or protection to fall on your guitar. If you need extra protection for your guitar ChromaCast CC-EPB is not the right choice. But it is suitable for you who requires the necessary storage and proper transportation.
- Lots of pockets, which is nice
- Affordable prices
- Easy to carry
- Padding is not too thick
- It doesn’t last long
7. Crossrock 335 Style Guitar Case Yellow (CRF1000SAYL)
Crossrock 335 is the best at a reasonable price. I’ve tried several cases, and this is the best in terms of interior and exterior. The luxurious soft red or blue interior looks cool, especially if you have a burst color guitar. The outer layer also looks sturdy and durable with a quality vinyl wrap.
But this case is slightly larger vertically. If your guitar is a 12-string Ibanez or 12-string Gretsch electric, this case is very fitting and comfortable as it was designed specifically for it. But if Firefly ES335 or Epiphone Sheraton is a little bigger. This can be easily fixed by placing or tucking a small pillow behind the guitar for back support. The storage box section is also broad but only contains one key for the locking clasp. If there are 2, it will be a better touch for Crossrock 335.
- Soft and luxurious interior
- Robust exterior with quality vinyl wrap
- A little bigger vertically
8. Gator Cases Deluxe ABS Molded Case (GC-ELECTRIC-A)
The Gator GC-ELECTRIC-A casing is perfect for transporting electric guitars with strat or telecaster style. ABS plastic exterior from GC-ELECTRIC-A supported by aluminium. It also comes with a handle made with EPS for the safety of your guitar when stored. There is also a place to store picks, capo, cable rollers, tuners and other guitar accessories on the inside.
Some people say the IBANEZ RG doesn’t fit inside it, while others say it fits. I tried it myself, and it turned out that Gator GC-ELECTRIC-A protected it perfectly. Even though the latches look like cheap, but if you are careful with it, you will not get problems with the hook. This case is also lightweight, but it is not equipped with TSA features such as those of SKB 62 Jaguar.
- A guitar cover specifically for strat and tele-style guitars
- Many compartments on the inside
- Lightly carried
- Does not have TSA feature
- The hook quality is not very good
9. SKB 62 Jaguar Jazzmaster Style
SKB 62 Jaguar is made with rubber-modified styrene, which can provide maximum protection and durability. This case is the first model printed and designed explicitly for guitar models of the Fender Jaguar or Fender Jazzmaster.
It also features a TSA and locking hook. The TSA logo tells TSA screeners that the hook does not need to be opened for security checks. The oversized, moulded rubber handle also adds comfort when carrying.
Warmoth that I tried is also very suitable to be placed into this case. There is room for almost all headstock, except your guitar is something unusual, like a 12-string guitar. In addition, there is plenty of space to put accessories in it.
- Made of rubber-modified styrene
- Has TSA feature
- A tight locking hook
- Not suitable for guitar with 12 strings
10. ChromaCast CC-EHC Hard Case
Many things make this hard case as your buying option. The quality of construction is first, although not like a costly case, designed to protect the guitar from misuse during the trip. But for general-purpose protection and storage and at a price below 100 dollars, the ChromaCast CC-EHC is very satisfying.
Has a comfortable grip, hard wooden case that can be locked, and with the addition of Bridge padding. Chrome hooks and bumpers on the bottom and side of the case can add protection and stability. It also features a large accessory compartment.
- Comfortable grip
- Durable wood construction
- Large accessories compartment
- The handle is not durable
- Not designed for strong kickbacks
Which is Better: Gig Bag or Hard Case?
Your shiny new electric guitar will quickly fade if you don’t store it well. You need a case to protect it when taking it with you or just storing your guitar when not in use. There are several different options out there, and if you are wondering which one is better between a gig and hardshell bag following the discussion.
Gig bags provide the simplest way to protect my instruments because my guitars are never put in situations where they can be shaken or struck. They sat comfortably in the cupboard, and the soft bag was more than enough to prevent it from scratches and kickbacks. Another advantage of the gig bag is that it saves space. I am the type of person who travels a lot using public transportation with my guitar, light and saves space is the reason I use the gig bag.
If you are the type of guitar player who rarely takes out instruments from home or you can carry and transport them safely, the performance bag is perfect for you. For example, guitar players in small bands who load their equipment and can make sure their guitars are stored safely might choose a gig bag over a case.
Gig Bag is not always the right substitute for a hard case because there are definitely some situations where Hardcase is preferred. When I play in a big band and need to haul my equipment in the back of a van or truck, I feel more secure using Hardcase to store my guitar. Although you believe that you can store your instrument well behind the van, unexpected conditions can occur and befall your guitar.
If you play in a big band where you know your guitar has a chance to be carried incorrectly during a performance, you need a quality Hardcase. They are more expensive than a gig bag, but if your guitar is also expensive, I think it will be worth it.
The most important factor when choosing the best gig bag or Hardcase for you is knowing exactly how you will use it. If you are the type of musician who often travels by public transportation or brings your instrument, uses a gig bag. However, if you play with a large band that requires the transportation of instruments together in a truck or bus, your choice should fall to the hardcase.
Ask yourself this question and then choose the right product from the ten product reviews I have made.