As a professional guitarist with over 21 years of teaching and performance experience, I've bought and tried tons of guitar cases. Here are my 5 favorite classical or flamenco guitar cases for all budgets for 2024:
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This is the case to buy if you own a priceless, luthier-made, concert guitar. It's incredibly strong and strategically designed to protect the most expensive and delicate instruments. Besides the security I feel when using this case for travel, I love the light weight (6 lbs), the TSA lock, the backpack straps, the plush padding, and the fact that it comes with a case-cover to keep the case from getting scratched. If you're looking for the best flight case for your concert guitar, this is it!
If you're lookign for a great flight case under $1000 for your concert guitar, this is one of my favorites. The Crossrock Poly-Carbon case is just a tiny bit heavier (8 lbs) than the Air Carbon (6 lbs) and is made with scratch-resistant poly-carbon. If you're not lugging your guitar around all the time, the slightly heavier weight isn't an issue. The Poly-Carbon case is definitnely strong enough to be a flight case although, from my assessment, not quite as strong as the Air-Carbon. The Poly-Carbon case comes standard with TSA locks, nice padding, and backpack straps. Unfortuantely, no case-cover but the scratch resistant shell keeps the case looking pretty good for a long time.
If you don't need flight-case strength and security but want the best protection for your guitar for daily use, storage, road-trips, or gigs, the Crossrock Fiberglass case is the clear winner. It's made with a hard, reinforced fiberglass shell and thick interior padding to keep your guitar safe it it gets bumped around a bit. Like the other Crossrock casses, this one comes with comfortable backpack straps, but no case cover.
The Gator Flight Case may not be the cheapest "budget" hard case out here, but it's certainly the best budget case for 3 important reasons. The first is the military-grade polyethylene shell which is tough enough for most normal, daily use. The second reason is the interior foam + plush lining which keeps the guitar pretty stable. And the third, and most important reason is that it has an air-tight seal -- not waterproof -- which is crucial for keeping the humidtiy in your case constant so that your guitar doesn't crack.
Note: this case is strong enough for travel for most beginner to intermediate guitars, but I wouldn't use it with my luthier, concert guitar. Although the case is pretty tough and comes standard with a TSA lock, the exterior gives just a little too much for my comfort and the interior is not quite as snug and soft as I prefer for maximum protection. Nevertheless, it's a solid case that I highly recommend.
This is the case that every beginner should have. It's super cheap, comfortable, and adds just the right amount of protection for beginner to early-intermediate guitars. The exterior is water-resistant and the interior has 0.35 inches of soft padding. Plus the case comes standard with backpack straps and 2 pockets: one for music or a foot stool, and one for accessories (e.g., strings or a capo). This is the case I recommend most for beginners.
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