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Guitars Cases, Storage and Transportaion tips

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

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A good guitar case is an essential piece of equipment to have if you endeavour to keep your instrument(s) safe from damage while transporting overseas, or just down the street. Not all guitar cases are the same size, not all guitar cases have the same features . There are hardshell guitar cases, soft shell guitar cases, coffin-type mutli guitar case, custom fit guitar cases, fight guitar cases, bag- type, and heavy duty cases for serious rough travel.

These days, guitar cases are being made from space aged materials such as, Kevlar or super high tech carbon fibre resin formulas, which are much stronger than the present day carbon fibre Kevlar blends. These cases offer thermal and impact protection when storing or travelling with your instrument. Guitar cases will vary in terms of features and gadgets. Some come with built in humidifiers, storage pockets and gizmos and some are convenient and simple. Here are a few tips to help keep your instrument safe and sound while in storage or while transporting.

  • Keeping the guitar in its guitar case when it's not being in used is always a good practice. A good quality hardshell case is the best choice.

  • Avoid exposing your guitar to extreme temperatures. If travelling in really hot conditions, you should detune or slacken the strings.

  • If moving the guitar from cold to warm surroundings or vice versa, leave it in the case and allow the wood on the instrument to acclimatize for as long as possible . The most ideal acclimatization time period would be at least forty eight hours.

  • Check the instrument from time to time for signs of climate effects, such as a noticeable change of the action, splits and cracks, protruding fret ends, lacquer cracking, movement in the glue joints, and distortion of the woods. Any problems of this kind should be dealt with as soon as possible by a guitar specialist …

  • If travelling by air, where possible arrange with the air lines in advance to take your instrument on board as hand luggage. If this is not possible, and the guitar travels in the cargo hold, a good quality guitar flight case or a standard hardshell guitar case should be used. The string tension should always be slackened for air transport.

  • Depending on the value of the instrument, it's always a good idea to insure it against loss or damage.

  • If storing the guitar for long periods of time, first clean it thoroughly and slacken the strings, leaving a minimum amount of tension.

Store your hardshell guitar case in a safe place of reasonable constant temperature and humidity. Try not to store in basements or attics.
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