Although he’s also the vice president of Levy’s Leathers, singer/songwriter Harvey Levy still finds time to head out to the clubs and perform. His experiences as a working musician led to some discoveries as to how the ergonomics and design of his company’s gig bags could be improved. So he asked his brother (Levy’s founder and president) Dennis if he could personally develop a pro-level bag for gigging musicians. The result is the Pro Series CCG120 ($243 retail), which is designed for acoustic guitars. The line also includes the CCG118 electric guitar bag ($224 retail) and the CCG119 electric bass model ($233).
Levy wanted the bag to have a sleek and sophisticated appearance, so it’s dressed in black polyester with black-leather accents on the straps. A subtle, black-leather patch bearing the Levy’s logo is sewn into the front cover. It’s a very classy bag.
The handles are comfortable to the touch, and remain so even when very heavy guitars and pedals (stored in the accessory pouch) weigh down the bag. I pulled and tugged and otherwise abused the main handles and the very helpful neck handle— which I used exclusively when lifting my guitar into car trunks—without noticing any tearing, fabric distortions, or slippage. The quality zippers work flawlessly without any annoying snags or jitters. You can tote most laptops in the pouch, and without ballooning the fabric too much, I was also able to fit some cords, power cables, a tuner, a strap, and three stompboxes in there. The outer pocket secures nicely with Velcro, but it’s only big enough to hold small notebooks, pens or pencils, and folded up set lists and posters. I shook the bag violently, and the internal 1" foam padding appeared adequate to prevent the pouch contents from bouncing demonically against the top of my guitar. I was pretty blissed-out about the cloth shoulder straps, which always keep the bag firmly pressed against your body. Bravo! I almost have psychological issues with the straps on many other bags, because they keep slipping off my shoulders and messing with my equilibrium.
Inside the bag is an adjustable neck cushion that’s almost the same height as the sides, so your guitar neck is securely stabilized against the padded top panel. There’s also some cagey suspension padding that keeps your endpin from being wounded if the bag is rudely dropped on its butt end. It’s a gig bag—not a fitted case—so your guitar may shimmy a bit within, depending on its dimensions. But I carried various dreadnoughts, nylon strings, acoustic-electrics, and even an archtop or two, and never felt the bag put any of the guitars at risk. In fact, I zipped up an inexpensive, “basher” steel-string, and tossed the bag into a van, kicked it off a three-foot stage, and dropped it down a flight of stairs, and the guitar was completely undamaged. (Though, admittedly, in all cases the neck did not take a direct blow.) Kudos to Harvey—the CCG120 is one tough “security guard” for all but the most treasured and expensive acoustics.
Kudos Quality construction. Great straps. Very good padding and protection.
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