This is a comparison of the different types of electric guitar cases along with actual products to help you decide how to keep your axe safe and portable.
If you have the money and you want to protect your precious guitar, nothing will beat a good electric guitar hard case. Still the convenience of soft guitar cases are not to be underrated, they can provide enough protection in certain situations without the extra weight and cost.
All things being equal, it is best to have one of each, an electric guitar soft case and hard case. However if your budget is limited, you will be forced to pick one or the other. Picking one will mean that you will have to sacrifice what the other has to offer.
To make it easier for you, we have listed down the two main types of electric guitar cases, side by side, along with their pros and cons. We did not include gig bags on this list – we’ll come to those at a later time.
Electric Guitar Hard Case:
Best for long term storage
Best for long travels
Protects from bumps
Easy to lock or secure
Too rigid and big
Inconvenient to lug around
Gator G-Tour Flight Case
This is a classic and popular example of a sturdy hard case, great for long term storage and travel. It’s rigid exterior is contrasted by its plush interior.
SKB Rectangular Hard Case
Reliable exterior with indestructible fiberglass-reinforced nylon latches that are TSA recognized. Also features comfortable an over mold handle
Road Runner Tweed Hardshell
This stylish electric guitar hard case is made of sturdy multi-ply oak. Its classic tweed covering and plush interior gives it a genuine vintage vibe.
Manufacturer: Road Runner
Coffin Case G-185 Universal
Let your guitar literally rest in peace with this durable and stylish coffin Case. Features red velvet interior and shock resistant pillows.
Manufacturer: Coffin Case
Protec Stonewood with Window
This is a guitar case that puts a modern twist to classic electric guitar hard case design – a window that showcases the headstock of your guitar.
Electric Guitar Soft Case:
Great for quick travels
Easy to carry around
More pocket options
Not as great for long term storage
Not as great for long travels
Not enough protection from bumps and dings
Gator GL Electric Soft Case
Soft exterior is not as reliable as the hardcase version but it is definitly cheaper, lighter and more convenient. Also features plush interiors.
SKB Rectangular Soft Case
This electric guitar soft case features soft but sturdy 600 denier exterior along with rigid interior foam meant for traditional electric guitars.
Road Runner Polyfoam Guitar Case
This case features a rigid thermal-form structure and cortex cover for improved durability. It also comes with a spacious pocket like a regular gig bag.
Manufacturer: Road Runner
Kaces Boutique Polyfoam Guitar Case
An electric guitar soft case with practical gig bag features for convenience like multiple large pockets, padded back straps and shoulder blade padding.
Protec Contego Pro Pac
This is a stylish guitar case that gives you ultimate convenience with just the right amount of protection from its ballistic nylon exterior and multilayer foam.