I will start by saying that I generally do not like Stagg products at all. The instruments that they sell are mass produced and usually very poorly made and the only time that I have ever bought a Stagg instrument is when it has been on Ebay -sold as faulty or split etc. I then strip the nasty varnish off of the wood, fix the splits by cleating them traditionally and then use a spirit finish on the instrument. I set it up and adjust everything from bridge angle to frets because these are always out. I am then left with something playable that also looks gorgeous. So far I have done this with several Stagg mandolins and a guitar.
This case attracted me because it looks so retro. I am drawn to all things retro and functional and this looks like it could be the very thing that somebody like Nick Drake or Dylan used as they strolled along with their guitar, looking cool and groovy in the 70's.
I have a lot of guitars and hard cases are the optimum way to store and transport them safely but they can also be very expensive. I loved the design of this one and the price was good so I grabbed one.
When it arrived I was very pleasantly surprised by the build quality and the features. It is quite heavy for a case and feels very solid and secure. This is a black case with silver clip fittings which shut cleanly and securely and most importantly do NOT pop open when you carry the instrument. One clip has a lock (which I have not ever used ) and the case comes with two keys (useful if you are forever losing things like me )
The outer case is covered in a vinyl type fabric which would protect your guitar from a light shower but I would not risk it in a downpour. This fits with the whole retro feel and looks great. It also ensures that it is wipe clean and durable. The handle is a very solid plastic which fits snugly and does not jar when moved about. It is easy and comfortable to carry the case even with a very heavy guitar in it. There are silver coloured protective metal balls on the bottom which means that the case can be stood up safely and three on the base which serve the same function. This is very well thought out.
There are three hinges holding the lid to the base and webbing to ensure that it does not open too wide.
This case is designed to fit a Les Paul electric guitar of standard size. And mine fits snugly and happily in this case with no need to squeeze it in and no play on the sides. It hugs the instrument.
The case is lined with a very soft and thick black fur which cradles the guitar and also looks very smart.
The fur of course is to both buffer the guitar and also to protect from scratches. The lid and base are both lined so there has been no skimping here. The case looks much more expensive than it actually is in terms of features and build quality. As an added bonus, inside the case you will find a handy little storage pocket for strings, plectrum, capo etc.
This really is a great case for the Les Paul which ensures that your precious guitar will be stored and transported to gigs etc safely. The lock is a useful feature for security but would not deter thieves...it is useful for stopping you worrying about it flying open though. It is well made, brilliantly priced and attractive to look at.
5 stars... a bargain.
This is a pretty standard solid guitar case for a Les Paul shaped electric guitar. Stagg make pretty decent cases, but there are better on the market in my experience, depending on how much you want to spend. I would always look to get a guitar case from the manufacturer of the guitar intended to go in it (I keep my Fender Telecaster in a Fender case).
But that's just me, you can use any kind of case you wish, I just find they tend to fit better in a moulded case intended for that exact instrument, a lot of third party cases tend to be made with more general usage in mind, so I tend to stick to branded cases. Also, if possible it's worth taking your guitar into a shop to check it fits the case you want before you buy it, some are made to fit a range of guitars & may not offer maximum protection.
A lot of shops don't stock a huge range of cases & may try and push ones they're trying to get rid of on you, so sometimes online is the only option, which is again why I tend to go with a specific branded case.
You will find this case or similar online for around £50 to £60 maximum. The higher end cases tend to cost £80-100, but if you're serious about playing I always felt it was worth the extra investment to get the best case possible, it will protect your instrument better which is the whole point.
However, I used one of these quite consistently a few years ago & found it to be very effective, despite some reservations at first. It was used extensively to carry my guitar between my home (Darlington) & university (Newcastle) which is about a 45 minute journey. I carried it in the car, train & even the bus on occasion. The case went when I sold the guitar (it wouldn't fit any of my current electric guitars), but it certainly did the job effectively.
I never dropped the guitar whilst in the case so I can't comment on that but it endured pretty heavy duty use & no damage was ever sustained.
My history with Stagg products isn't a good one. I have found that usually, their products are poorly built and are so easily breakable so I usually avoid Stagg stuff like the plague. One thing I should really mention is that I did not go out and buy this case. A friend was getting rid of it because it didn't quite fit his guitar and was getting given a better fitting one. Hes a generous guy so he offered to give it to me for free but I offered him a little bit of money and forced him to take it. I'm reviewing this case as a second hand item that has already seen a bit of a battering and using the info I have from the friend who previously owned it.
This case is for Les Paul style guitars, I have an Epiphone Les Paul Junior and it fits with room to spare (because juniors are smaller than les paul studios e.t.c.). It is a solid case with vinyl covering made to look like leather. There are 4 buckles one is lockable to stop people getting into your case! Inside is a fur lining which is really nice and soft. It covers both the shell and the lid. There is a compartment that isn't quite big enough for cables but you can fit things like spare strings, plectrums, a tuner e.t.c. The handle is plastic and is fairly comfortable. There are metal studs to protect the case from the ground. The case is really light on its own but is really heavy with a guitar in.
My guitar does a lot of travelling as I'm a music student at a University which is a 2 hours and 15 minutes train journey away from my home town and half an hours walk from my University house. My guitar has suffered an injury whilst being in the case. It fell over during a train journey and a piece of hardware broke. To this day I have no idea how it managed to brake so easily in a hard case but luckily it was an easy fix. The Stagg hardcase is also where my guitar lives when I have no guitar stand or no appropriate place to put it.
To buy a hardcase new you're looking at paying a good £70 or more for it. I got mine for a bargain and I'm glad I have it. I've had just the one incident with it but other than that, it has done its job where a soft case would have been useless. I've had the case for around 2 or 3 years now and although it is starting to show some signs of wear, it is still in very good condition.
I do recommend this case, it has been really good to me. However, if you have the money to buy a more expensive one that was built for your exact model of guitar, I do think that would be the best option. When you're buying guitar cases, it is always wise to take the guitar in question to the shop with you to check it fits properly before you buy.
This hard case is a very good solid, sturdy case that can be used for ages really. I bought this case off amazon when i bought my epiphone les paul a bout a year and a half ago. Obviously because i had a good guitar in mint condition i needed a hard case to keep it that way. Anyway i bought this hard case over the other ones on amazon because it seemed a better case for better value. It was just that and it carries my guitar round very well without my guitar getting damaged inside as its the perfect fit for my guitar. All the locks for it are still like new and undamaged. The case also looks very good in a black finish and all but one thing about it is perfect. The One downside though is that the handle is in a bit of an awkward place on the case. If the handle was one the side where the body of the guitar is, then this case would be 10/10 for me. Because of the fault with the handle it is only 9/10. I would still recommend this case to someone though because although the handle is awkward, the case itself is excellent and protects the guitar very very well.
Basic Case for Les Paul Style Electric Guitar
You may or may not have read my review of the Rock burn LP Style Electric Guitar Pack that I wrote but the product I am about to review is the hard case I bought especially for that guitar.
When my son got his electric guitar at Christmas, although problems did occur with the guitar, it was still useable when I decided to purchase this case for him to transport it from one place to another. This case is solid, extremely tough and durable. It is black in colour with silver clips on one side which hold the case closed, there are four big clips one of which has a little lock, to ensure the case isn't going to just fly open. 2 keys are provided so if you lose one you have a spare. The handle is quite tough plastic and very sturdy, and at the bottom of the case are four big silver studs on which to stand the case upright, and three silver studs on the bottom of the base so it can be laid down with-out getting damaged.
Inside the case is lovely, it's black fur fabric, it feels and looks really nice, both the inside of the base of the case and the lid are lined with this fabric giving it a very luxurious feel and look. Three little hinges hold the lid to the base and at the bottom of the case, the widest part, there is a piece of webbing holding the lid to the base so that the lid doesn't open all the way back, it just opens to a standing straight up position. The case is specifically shaped for a Les Paul style guitar so a Fender or the like would not fit inside it. The guitar my son has in this case fits perfectly; it looks like the case was made to measure. There is also a little compartment inside the case in which to store things like spare strings, a cleaning cloth picks or plectrums. The whole of the inside is covered in this wonderful fur fabric even the little compartment.
Using the case
My son got on well with this case, although I found it to be a little heavy and bulky but that may have just been me being a wimp as usual. However after saying he got on well, the handle he found, started to become a little uncomfortable to keep hold of, he said it would dig into his hand after a while. So I decided to use a piece of foam cladding sort of material and I sewed a piece around the handle which in turn made the handle a lot more comfortable to hold, making the whole thing a lot easier for him to carry around. This worked a treat and he never had another problem with carrying the case. If left to stand alone the studs do a good job of protecting the actual case itself, both those on the side and the bottom of the case. It was just unfortunate that using this case was short lived. I will be looking for another case before too long though as his new guitar is totally the wrong shape to fit in this case. Typical!
I am really pleased with the case and I'm sure it would have lasted quite some time because in my opinion it is made really well which does surprise me as it is only a basic case also I only paid £44.00 for it from Amazon and they now cost £52.00 it's just a shame the case is no longer used, it now serves as a coffin, well that's how I look at it because inside lies a broken unusable guitar that was once so beautiful.
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