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Roofgoat
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Mar 16th, 2005 05:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jat, mine was lousy too regarding alignment.

FS

USA Ohio

May 14th, 2006 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My form fit plastic cases are junk. They don't want to close right and I allways have to help them. I wish they would go back to the old style cases. I vote for that.

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Jul 3rd, 2006 04:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it is defective (sounds like it is) -- send it back for repair or replacement.

Jimmy

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Jul 6th, 2006 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate SKB cases in general. I've had much better luck with TKL cases, and they seem to be better quality.

I don't care for black plastic cases, either. They absorb too much heat, and that is not good for either the case or the guitar. I can't understand why guitar cases tend to be black. A light color that absorbs less heat makes more sense.

My Strat case is a tweed. I've had it for 24 years and have not had any trouble with it, apart from some loose liner on the lid to the accessory compartment. That said, I have not traveled with it much. Aside from being trown in the trunk and carried from place to place over the years, it's had a fairly gentle existence. Just don't ever stack anything on top of it, it is not meant for that.

leftycaster

Scotland

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Oct 25th, 2006 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Last Strat I bought, many years ago, came with a beautiful ABS Fender flight case “A thing of rare and infinite beauty a joy to behold”. Few months ago I invested in an Am Dlx Ash Strat and this beautiful instrument comes encased in an ill fitting piece of S**t that didn't even close properly. I sent it back and received another that I would have had to have cut off part of the headstock for it to fit. The guitar in question is left-handed. Said case was also returned and replaced free of charge with an SKB version which thankfully closes and fits the guitar.
Surely such a beautiful instrument, which I am delighted with, deserves a better place of rest than this poor attempt. I know that Fender cases used to be made by SKB and are now produced by Fender in China, that may be the answer to the poor quality. However why are Fender putting their instruments in inferior cases? apart from the obvious answer of corporate greed. Surely they owe their instruments and their loyal customers more.

Bassman45

USA

Oct 26th, 2006 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both my cases are G&G made in the USA.One production guitar and one Custom Shop guitar. The production one has been used every weekend for the last three years and is holding up nicely stickers and all. The Custom Shop one gets used on special events and Blues Gigs and is a beut.

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Nov 2nd, 2006 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I don't care for black plastic cases, either. They absorb too much heat, and that is not good for either the case or the guitar. I can't understand why guitar cases tend to be black. A light color that absorbs less heat makes more sense."


I concur. I also believe that Fender should embrace common sense and bolster the lame neck 'support' in their premium cases. This would, however, run counter to the beliefs of the 'vintage-only' crowd who for some reason actually believe that Leo got everything 'right' the first time. LOL.

Sheppards Legion

Canada/Newfoundland

Apr 30th, 2007 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Folks,

The cases that came with my AM Deluxe Strat and my AM Deluxe Jazz bass barely did the job. Both did not align properly. On one case, in particular, there was a sequence that I had to do with the latches in order for the case to close properly.

On another purchase, one that took three guitars to find one that was not damaged, Fender shipped it in a g&g case of considerable better quality.

I believe that if you are paying a considerable amount of cash for a guitar, it should have the protection it deserves.

Maybe it is due time time that Fender really ditch these cases for something more substantial. At least, maybe they may not see as many guitars damaged during shipping.

Shepp...



JimmySee
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May 2nd, 2007 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The last time I bought a premium guitar, a '52 tele reissue, I specified in the order that it come with a G&G case.

When it shipped from the factory in a Fender Mexico tweed case, the shop (EM Shorts in Wichita, giving credit where credit is due!) substituted a G&G tweed which was much higher quality.

Jimmy

telegib
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Canada

Jun 12th, 2007 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There have been a couple of molded cases that showed up in my area lately with the older style latches and dull plastic exterior.

I've got one!

Are they changing them again? They arrived with 2007 American Strats.

Albatross

Gallia Belgica

Wound G heretic
Oct 14th, 2007 10:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My '05 AmSe Strat came straight from the factory in a real piece of junk case. Latches all bent (and it looks like they were put on like that), doesn't close properly because the edges don't align, and the outer plastic shell seems about as sturdy as cardboard. Back in the 90's I bought an American Standard Strat, wich had a much better case.

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Oct 14th, 2007 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think it's "hit and miss"
I've had two tweed cases that were bad,.one with a 50th Deluxe,where I had to latch the center first,or else it wouldn't line up,..and a '57 Thinskin,that had loose lining in the one corner,..
The two strats I have still,..their case's are good,..a 50th Amse. (closes with no problems) and a center pocket tweed for my '54 Thinskin,that is really good...

larryguitar19

united states

larryguitar
Feb 12th, 2008 09:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The plastic molded cases they sell with the Am Std cases are real crap in my opinion. The latches don't close. Also they can pop open suddenly. And there's a small compartment that is not really large enough for a 12 foot cable.

I wonder why when you pay a grand or more they don't do better.

However I bought one of those black airline rated cases for about $50 and I'm pretty happy.

telegib
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Canada

Mar 11th, 2008 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The new MIA standards now have SKB cases again. Can't wait to check 'em out.

IPLAYLOUD
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Mar 14th, 2008 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, ANOTHER 7 1/2 year thread!
Cool! (see "Jimmy V")

Mikey_D
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Mar 25th, 2008 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is the new case you get with an '08 model AmSt guitar.

The new case

vertical_reality
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Mar 27th, 2008 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The original tweed case that came with my SRV is has alot of wear & tear. One of the latches won't stay closed so I'm always worried about the lid popping open when I'm carrying it somewhere.

I decided it was time to upgrade to a new case so last night I picked up one of the Fender SKB cases and I love it so far. The latches are very secure, no chance of then opening unexpectedly since there's a little safety catch on each latch. It's very sturdy and much lighter then my tweed case.

myshka
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Canada

Apr 19th, 2008 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got a new C+G Tweed case and the fit and finish was excellent.
2 caveats:
1: I had a little snag on one of the threads that jumps out at me when I look at that side of the case . I guess that happens and it won't be the last pulled thread I see.
2: The little block that holds the headstock is a little wobbly ...not excessively wobbly but more than I like. All the latches line up perfectly and lock easily.

Since we are talking about Fender cases I'll ask this . I have read about people shellacing their tweed cases not only for that vintage look but also to protect the finish. I remember a few said that the results were sometimes disappointing. Some mentioned blotches in the tweed.
Whats the consensus on shellacing a tweed case ?
Are there any other alternatives to protect them ?How about something like a Scotchguard treatment ?

editeded for speeling.

(This message was last edited by myshka at 09:14 PM, Apr 19th, 2008)

JimmySee
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Apr 20th, 2008 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's G&G -- not C&G --

G&G is Ben Germain and Efren Guzman -- the founders. Ben's son, Gerry, runs the operation these days.

It is still a family business operating from a plant near downtown Los Angeles.

Jimmy



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