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Gibson SG in soft case? Any risk?

Mr. Blue

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I'm asking as I am new to the SG, and Gibson guitars in general, and it seems to me that you mostly see them being transported in a hardcase. Rarely a soft case. Is there any reason for this? Is there a risk of damage to an SG (the headstock/neck for example) if it is carried in such a case?

I do have a good quality hard case (molded specifically for SGs), but I am attending a pretty full music theory/sight reading class and this bulky hardcase will not be practical. Up till now, I had been using my strat, but it needs work done and so I want to bring my new SG instead. So I would basically be using the same softcase I was using to transport my strat.

Can I do this safely? It's an SG Standard btw. Thanks.
 

Flogger59

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Bad, bad idea with a set neck guitar. I've even seen Gibsons break headstocks while in a hard case. Gig bags are fine for Fender style guitars.
 

Don A

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A softcase is generally a bad idea with a Gibson. There are some soft cases with a lot of support aruod the headstock. These tend to be expensive and some are even bulkier than a hard case!
 

Mr. Blue

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Okay I wasn't aware the risk was so great. I definitely won't use the softcase then.

Thanks for the help.
 

DøøG

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If you really need to go the soft route, get a Mono case, has a neck brace that works. Now if you're gonna drop it down a flight of stairs, it wouldn't be a good idea with one of those, but it is an excellent case. I have a double case and transport whatever I want to. Expensive, but worth it, IMO......
 

Pietro

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the problem is the design of the Gibson tilt-back headstocks. Other guitar makers have improved this and made it more impervious to breakage, but you are making the right call not using a soft gig bag. there are some awesome light-weight hard-side gig bags out there.
 

27sauce

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I use a gig bag with my '62 SG, and in fact my historic Les Paul is in a gig bag in my trunk right now.

If you plan on throwing it around, packing stuff on it, or having other people carry it, then get a hard case. Nothing wrong with gig bags.
 

MKB

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I strongly feel that the stock Gibson gig bags are terrible when used with a Gibson guitar. The reason is the tilt back headstock as mentioned before. At least get an equivalent Epiphone hard case in place of the gig bag; the Epi cases are very similar to the Gibson ones for far less money. I've toted my ES-333 and SG in Epi cases for years, they work and fit perfectly.
 

Phoebe

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Johnny A schleps half a dozen of his sig guitars from gig to gig in bags. The answer is really how carefully are you gonna handle them.
 
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I use a gig bag with my '62 SG, and in fact my historic Les Paul is in a gig bag in my trunk right now.

If you plan on throwing it around, packing stuff on it, or having other people carry it, then get a hard case. Nothing wrong with gig bags.
Wow. I guess they are just "things," but...
 

Stratosphere

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Slightly OT but I was wondering just the other day: does anyone make a hard shell case with a strap or two so that the guitar could be carried on your shoulder or worn on your back as it is with most soft shell cases?
 

27sauce

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1) He has 6.

2) He's an endorsee.


Let's hear it from mere mortals.
Mere mortals? The guy is not exactly a rock star. He sets his own stuff up, and plays some pretty small rooms. Just like us;)

And because he's an endorsee, do you think he breaks guitars on the reg?
 

Flogger59

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Mere mortals? The guy is not exactly a rock star. He sets his own stuff up, and plays some pretty small rooms. Just like us;)

And because he's an endorsee, do you think he breaks guitars on the reg?
No, what I'm saying is that he a has a direct connection for replacements at artist pricing, and he gets a tax break on them.
 

JPF

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I sling my LP Jr. and LP in a Mono Dual gigbag without any problems.

Sometimes I carry them in the boot of my car, and sometimes on my back driving a Vespa.

I wouldn't do so with regular, run-of-the-mill gig bags, but with the Mono I have no more worries than I would with a hard case.
 




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