Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Guitar Gig Bag

A well-made gig bag can make it easier to carry your instrument and any accessories you might need to perform.

Woman carrying guitar case
Gig bags should protect your guitar and make it easier to tote around if you’re shuffling to different locations between performances.Cahaya

Whoever invented guitars was not thinking about how to carry them. No matter what you try, from tucking the body under your arm to slinging it over your shoulder by the neck, its awkward and unwieldy. Try carrying it through a revolving door—you get the picture. But a gig bag opens up options, including carrying your instrument by a handle or wearing it backpack-style, which makes transport manageable. Look for these things when choosing a gig bag for your guitar.

Carrying Comfort and Size

CAHAYA 41 Inch Acoustic Guitar Bag 0.3 Inch Thick Padding Waterproof Dual Adjustable Shoulder Strap Guitar Case Gig Bag with Back Hanger Loop
This gig bag features padded and adjustable straps with three handles for ease of carrying.CAHAYA

Gig bags do come in various sizes, to fit acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, and some are designed to fit cutaways or the uneven body shapes of certain electric guitars. Be sure it will fit your guitar. In addition, look for features like an easily gripped handle and padded, adjustable backpack straps for carrying comfort.

Materials

Wayfinder Supply Co. Lightweight Electric Guitar Gig Bag
This gig bag is constructed with lightweight nylon with reinforced stitching at strap attachment points.Wayfinder Supply Co.

Some gig bags are cheaply made and should be avoided. Choose a bag made with ballistic nylon or other durable, tear-resistant material, high quality and well-fitted zippers, and reinforced stress points at strap and handle attachments.

Internal Features

Gator Cases Transit Series Electric Guitar Gig Bag
This gig bag comes in various sizes to fit large electric and acoustic guitars down to ukuleles and its micro-fleece lining and neck support offer good protection.Gator

A good gig bag is lined with padding and soft fabric for protecting your guitar. Some feature neck support and Velcro straps to secure your guitar inside the bag. Accessory pockets are a nice touch.

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