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How to Store Your Guitar: Types of Guitar Case & torage Tips
 
 

Guitars generally come with some type of simple gig bag. But unless your guitar never leaves home, you will probably eventually find it inadequate for your needs. The first step in purchasing a new one is to determine what kind of case you need. General types of cases include soft (gig bags), hard, hybrid (combining hard/soft features), and flight cases. Gig bags have the advantages of being lightweight, inexpensive, and they often have pockets to store accessories. However, they usually do not offer much protection against bumps and bangs. Features to look for are padding, neck support, detachable shoulder straps, backpack straps, thick durable material, and sturdy zippers.

Hard cases, though bulky and expensive, offer more protection from bumps and bangs, and also additional protection from the environment. Plywood based cases tend to be the less expensive, heavier option, while more costly polyethylene injection molded or fiberglass cases are often lighter. Look for features like sturdy latches and hinges, storage compartments, soft padded interior, sturdy comfortable handles and straps, and built-in wheels.

Flight cases are suitable for long trips where your guitar will likely be loaded in a truck with other equipment or as baggage on a flight. Look for the hard case features listed above, plus extra sturdy latches and hinges, a comfortable and sturdy handle, reinforced corners, and custom-fit foam padding.



4 Storage Tips to Save Your Guitars
If you're playing your guitar on a regular basis and want to keep it at arm's reach, using a wall hook or a stand are good ways to go. Of course, you can always store your guitar daily in its case, which will keep it perfectly safe and sound.

Store your guitars in their cases, standing up—not lying down with one case on top of another. When storing several guitars, the cases should look like suits on a rack rather than a giant deck of cards. If standing them up isn't an option, store your guitars (in their cases) on their sides, with the upper side pointing up.

Keep the string tension on the neck, but loosen the strings one or two half steps. They don't need regular tension when in storage, but having no string tension at all can lead to neck bowing problems.

If possible, store your guitars in a room or a closet nearer to the center of the building rather than near an outside wall. This helps maintain a constant temperature and is especially helpful if you live in an area that experiences climatic extremes. A case humidifier is a good idea during dry winter months.

Store vibrato-equipped guitars with the arms detached (the lone exception here being Bigsby vibratos, which can be folded back to rest below the top of the bridge, which is the highest point on the guitar). If you plan to shop local music stores, bring your guitar along. If that's not possible, or you are shopping online, note your guitar's exact make and model and take a picture of it.

Source: https://makingmusicmag.com/choosing-the-proper-guitar-case
https://www.fender.com/articles/tech-talk/case-closed-storage-tips-to-save-your-guitars

 
 
 
 
 
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