I have a couple of Gator cases, one a standard hard case I picked up to replace the incredibly beat-up original case for my Guild Starfire electric, and a "semi-rigid" foam case I purchased because the zipper on the case for my bass guitar was tearing away from the nylon and the outside pocket had a hole in it that made it rather useless -- that one's kinda similar to the TRIC case that Seagull/Godin offers: nylon over foam -- light and yet still protective.
I've been impressed with the build of the Gator cases, all around: sturdy and durable. I'd recommend Gator as replacement or additional cases.
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 4, 2016 11:08:57 GMT -5
I bought a Road Runner case, which fell onto its side and cracked the handle as soon as I bought it. RR refused to stand behind its product and has no way to repair or replace a broken handle. Thankfully, GC took it back without any issue, so I traded out for a Gator TSA case.
The case it's awesome! I've taken it with me on two international trips (as carry-on), and it completely protected my guitar (and looks brand new). It has the hard shell case, soft liner in red, and TSA locks (just in case I ever have to check my case as luggage; hopefully, I never need to use it).
I recommend Gator cases 100%, and RR cases are dead to me.
The Gator cases have been good to me so far -- and you're a braver man than I am, Anteriormente Pura Vida!. I'm deadly afraid of taking a guitar on a plane in any brand of case for fear I'll get it back in pieces. Glad your Gator proved stronger than the luggage handlers.
I've talked directly with an airline agent twice now when I was considering taking a guitar with me. They both said, yes, you can carry on a guitar case as long as there's room for it in the cabin, which they couldn't promise would actually be the case, because cabin storage is first come, first served. And if there wasn't room, well, I'd have to check the guitar at the gate, and they'd toss it in with all the checked luggage.
If they can't promise it's actually going to be in the cabin... well, I either drove to where I was going or the guitar stayed at home.
Post by Greg Ballantyne on Jul 4, 2016 20:56:48 GMT -5
I've carried guitar cases on - but not since 9/11. Currently I just have cases that came with the guitars. The TRIC cases are OK, very protective environmentally, but I'm not as sure about airport baggage handling. The Taylor deluxe hardshell case is very nice. I might feel alright about checking that case - but it's not set up for TSA. I'd still carry as first preference it one if I needed to fly it....
In order of appearance: Aria LW-20 Seagull Maritime HG Dread Seagull Natural Elements Cedar/Cherry Dread Taylor 418e Taylor 514ce LTD Trinity College TM-375 Irish Bouzouki
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Jul 5, 2016 3:20:54 GMT -5
Just to clarify, I take my guitar case on the plane as carry-on. Technically, the overhead storage is not guaranteed, but I've never had a problem with finding space in the overhead bins. I did have to gate check it once, due to it being a smaller plane with small overhead bins, and it was fine.