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Do I Need a Guitar Case? (or… Why I HATE Guitar Cases)…

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Guitar cases… I own two.  Both of them are gig bags (which are essentially soft/padded guitar cases made for gigging – or hauling your guitar to various gigs).  They offer little protection – really just like a backpack for your guitar.  I should also mention, that at any given time, I probably have about 4-6 guitars hanging around.

So why am I so against guitar cases?

First – the good thing about cases:

1. They protect your instrument.  Hard cases especially.

2. If you get a humidifier – they can prolong your instrument’s life (and actually make it sound better).

There you go – two reasons.  Now those are two BIG reasons.  But there is another big reason that I hate cases…

…they make it so you NEVER PLAY and NEVER PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok.  Well, they make it so **I** never play or practice.

The thing is… when I lock my guitar in a case (or zip it up in a gig back) I tend to forget about it (which is seriously bad since I have  a guitar lesson blog and am a guitar teacher).   Having a guitar in a case gives me one more step in the practicing process (which, since I am extremely lazy, is kind of a big deal).  I have to make it so practicing is as easy and convenient as possible.

Cases DO NOT EQUAL Convenience.

So really – it’s about weighing what is important to you.  If you have a really really expensive/nice guitar – yeah, you probably want to stow that bad boy in humidity controlled area in a nice hard cases.  If you have a cheap(er) guitar, maybe leaving it out on the guitar stand in the living room isn’t such a bad idea.

Those are my thoughts – feel free to correct me if I’m wrong – in the comments below.

(Note: the guitar case pictured above looks so sweet.  Mostly because of the leather, and the pockets.  I like having a lot of pockets for stuff.  I don’t personally have this case, because I don’t personally have $900 to spend on a guitar case). 

8 comments… add one
  • Ed Kalb December 17, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Your case opinion makes sense. My guitar has been in a case for 40 years and I strum a couple of cords I can no longer identify… I live in Epping Forest and am interested in lessons for both my daughter & I. She will only be home another 4 weeks, so can you design a lesson with that limitation? 410-212-2014

    • Jake January 7, 2015, 12:27 pm

      Hey Ed – sorry I’m just seeing this! (Had an issue with some of the comments on the site not showing up). I’ll shoot you an e-mail as well!

  • John January 15, 2015, 10:19 pm

    I agree with you. Unless I’m taking the guitar out somewhere and it’s raining or snowing, I just carry it naked. And I keep it on a guitar stand in my bedroom where it’s literally the first thing I see every morning. It’s a good reminder to practice that day. I also always keep a couple picks in my pants pocket so as I go about my day working and being a dad, every time my hand goes in my pocket, I notice the picks and it gets me thinking about the guitar and my desire to practice. These little tricks keep my instrument never far from my thoughts.

    • Jake January 19, 2015, 6:29 pm

      Nice – I like the “pick-in-the-pocket” idea. I’m totally going to steal that. 🙂 Thanks for the advice!!

      Jake

  • Steve March 24, 2016, 9:22 am

    I have 2 guitars & 1 gig bag. My cheaper electric guitar goes on a stand in the bedroom & my more expensive acoustic goes in the bag. . . But i never do the zip up properly so i can just grab either as i go past. Idiot or genius, i don’t know, but Black Sabbath songs sound really cool played on acoustic.

    • Jake March 24, 2016, 12:35 pm

      Yeah man… cheap guitars are made to be left in the open, on stands, or hung up on walls. Nicely done. If the acoustic is REALLY nice… maybe a case with a little humidifier would be good… maybe. Also… YES to Sabbath on acoustic!

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