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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).