The GigBag from Reunion Blues ($538 retail/$430 street) falls into the latter camp and is truly the Cadillac of bags. Seriously, this cowhide tour de force is something you just might need to put in your will so that future guitar-slinging family members can appreciate its outstanding protective qualities. Completely CAD/CAM designed and precision stitched, the case is made from 2.0-2.2mm leather, with all of the seamed edges double-stitched using high-tenacity nylon thread. The interior lining is of Nyflex padding—a soft, inert, dual-density urethane foam (which is softer on the inside and harder on the outside for maximum protection), and the zipper is a self-healing, industrial nylon type that’s also double stitched with nylon thread. The handles are made from doubled top-grain leather with turned edges, and they’re double stitched and thru-riveted to each side of the case. There are two leather pockets: one at the top that’s sized for tuners and other small articles, and a larger one at the bottom than can hold cables, sheet music, straps, etc. Both pockets are covered by protective leather flaps that secure via squeeze-to-release metal clasps. Other details include four welded “D” rings (stitched and thru-riveted in place) that allow you to hook the included nylon/leather back strap on for your preferred style of carry. Even the bottom of the bag features brushed-steel rests that are thru-leather riveted and padded inside. I’ve used this bag for weeks now, and have gotten very casual about tossing it about with either a Les Paul or an SG inside with no concerns about damaging it or its cargo. You’d have to go with a Anvil-style flight case to get any more protection than the GigBag provides, and it’s certainly lot nicer looking than any standard bag or case. It definitely isn’t cheap, but the good stuff never is.
Kudos Outstanding quality. Looks fantastic. Heavy-duty leather shell and dense padding provide incredible protection.
Contact Reunion Blues, (800) 950-1095; reunionblues.com
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