“ Brand: Kinsman / Model: KSEG8 / Type: Soft Case for Electric Guitar „
I have during my time playing the guitar always preferred a soft case to hard one. Although the same level of protection is never going to be offered by even the best soft case on the market, in terms of portability, usage and purpose of use this is simply the best option for me.
However due to the fact that my guitar goes everywhere with me and the bag is used several times a day, overfilled and opened and closed time after time they wear out and it means that I have to replace from time to time. The latest case I am using comes from the trusted source of Kinsman which set me back a reasonable £9.99.
Now the first thing to mention is how, at first, this feels like a very light and weak case. It has very little to it at all with no padding and the material is very soft. It does on initial impression seem "cheap and nasty" but you will learn quickly that the material is tough and durable. The zip is strong and sturdy and despite the countless bashings and multiple use this has stood the test of time.
Of course as I said it will never offer the same level of protection as a hard case and if you are moving etc or your guitar is going in a boot/luggage compartment then you need a hard case as this wont do. In terms of something which protects with added portability then this will suit your needs.
Most of the other bags I have used in the past, with the constant use they get from me end up having a broken zip but not in this case. All the threading and teeth are firmly in placed.
If this had a little more padding it would appeal more to other people but as a general case for carrying around a guitar it works a treat!
~Why buy a sift bodied guitar case?~
Some times we buy guitar cases because we want to transport a guitar from A to B for various reasons, be it gigging or guitar lessons etc. Other times we buy guitar cases because we consider that a certain favorite guitar or more pricey guitar warrants a little extra TLC and merits its own toasty bolt hole that will keep it dust, dirt and blemish free even if it never leaves the home. Whatever your reasons for wanting to purchase a guitar case it is in the main best to have a look at what is around before you plunge headlong into a buying decision you may later regret although from time to time you can end up buying something on the spur of the moment that turns out to be an ok investment. There are a vast number of guitar cases on the market that you can buy to suit your needs with some being much better than others and some suiting certain guitars/ situations and requirements more than others, with the soft case by Kinsman being just one of the many that are around for you to choose from.
I have had a number of cases over the years varying from shaped hard cases to standard rectangular cases and a number of soft bodied options, one of which is the standard sized Electric Guitar Kinsman Soft Case. The range of soft cases produced by Kinsman come in versions that will fit many standard sized electric guitars, 3/4 sized guitars and electro acoustic or acoustic guitars. As I have had one of the Kinsman Soft Cases from the range in use for several years I feel that I am able to give a well balanced review about the product based on my experience of having owned and used the case. When wanting to share my thoughts about the Kinsman Soft Case it wasn't listed here on Dooyoo so a suggestion was made and as it has now been added to the data base I am able to discuss the main features, benefits and downsides of the case.
~Mr Softy the Kinsman Guitar Case~
The Kinsman Soft Case for standard electric guitars is a cheaper end product that has the very minimum in terms of features which will offer protection for your guitar. I purchased this case as part of a set which had everything needed in order to play guitar from an online seller, so I was unable to see the case prior to purchase at the time. As I bought the case as part of an all in deal I felt at the time that it would suffice as a light and easy to transport case for my child to take to lessons as well as a case that could possibly be used to protect the guitar which came with the set when it wasn't in use. Having had the case in use for a number of years and just checked it out for snags, tears or damage a few minutes ago so that I had everything fresh in my mind when writing this, I have to say that the case still looks in really good condition with no broken or non working parts to it.
The Kinsman Soft Case is not a very thick case as it has very little about it that has any depth and there is no real padding of any sort to it. The whole of the case is made from a black nylon type of material that has a lightly textured look and feel to it, which I feel gives the case a neat and minimal look that doesn't jar the eye or make the case stand out in a bad light. The material used has a thicker outer layer and a very thin and light inner lining material which is similar to that which you find in sports bags etc. The material used may feel thin but it has lasted well and I feel it is very durable in the same way that sports bags made from similar material might be.
The Kinsman Soft Case is quite pliable when it is not in use as it has no stiff parts to it other than the outer edging which has a webbed material stitched around it for extra strength and durability. When you place a guitar into the case it still has a flexible feel to the main body, although the webbed and stitched edges do give a some what rigid feel to the over all outline of the case. The case that I have also has a zipped section on the outside of one side of the case which can be used to store a tuner, leads, picks and spare strings if wanted however my feeling is that anything overly bulky will make the case bulge out too much and as such I have not placed anything as bulky as a guitar lead into this zipped section and have kept it for picks and strings in the main.
~The good points~
Using the Kinsman Soft Case for transporting a standard sized electric guitar from A to B in has a number of pros and cons that are worth mentioning. The main point that I feel is a benefit with this case has to be the fact that it is very light, which means that even when it has a medium to slightly heavy weight electric guitar inside it the case and guitar together won't be too heavy for a youngster to carry about from home to school for lessons etc. The case is also compact and light enough to be taken out onto public transport should you need to and it is equally as light and easy to place into the boot of a car or place in the foot well of the back of your car should you find you need to transport it in that way.
The lightness of the Kinsman Soft Case is complimented by a set of very sturdy and easy to handle webbing type carry straps that allow you to carry the case and the guitar within holding your arms and hands in the same position as you would when carrying a heavier case, yet with a lot less strain to the arms and hands. As the handles are long enough to allow you to slip the case over one shoulder and carry it that way too, I feel it certainly is a good option in many ways as its lightness is a bonus which means it won't strain your arms or shoulder too much when you have a guitar inside the case. With there being two options for carrying the case I feel that once again this makes the case a good choice for youngsters taking their guitar back and forth from lessons etc.
The zip fasteners on the Kinsman Soft Case all worked well when the case was new and I am pleased to say that even after repeated use the zips on the case I have are still working well and have not become stiff or sticky over time. I feel that the placing of the two main zips around the edge of the case between the two parts of webbed edging makes for easy opening and closing of the case which both children and adults can manage to do with ease. The shape of the Kinsman Soft Case is not at all bulky and won't take up too much room when being carried which makes the case very easy to move around when needed and it can be folded away when not in use for easy storage.
~The bad points~
Some of the good points about the Kinsman Soft Case are in many ways also bad points in some respects, as although the case is very light and pliable with very little padding making it easy to transport, the lightness and flexibility of it can be a downside at times as the case offers less protection for the instrument inside it. This can mean that when taking the case from one place to another you can end up with no real way to make sure that your guitar is safe from all knocks and bumps when being transported. This can also be an issue when wanting to put the case down when away from home as I have found that you can't really leave the case on the floor as if you knock it or tread on it you may end up damaging your guitar to some degree.
I feel that the case really needs to be used along with some kind of A frame or similar stand when not being carried about, that will allow you to sit the case and the guitar on together when at home, as other wise you do end up wondering where you can I safely leave the two items and unless you have a spare sofa, spare bed, spare room etc where you can safely store the case and its contents it will have to be put on the floor, or stood up against the wall which is not ideal. As the Kinsman Soft Case that I have came with a JHS guitar stand which is a little unstable due to its tripod legs etc, the case has been used along with that and the guitar which is housed inside the case sits on the stand with the case on for a little extra protection from bumps and knocks these days.
~Price and rating~
Over all I feel that the Kinsman Soft Case that can be used with a standard electric guitar has a number of good and bad points which need to be taken into consideration making it a bad choice for more expensive guitars yet a reasonable one for cheaper starter type instruments. The Kinsman Soft Case that I have came as an all in set which I feel offered good value for money and my feeling is that the case has lasted well since I have had it so it was a fair buy in the end. In terms of prices for the Kinsman Soft Case as a stand alone item you can expect to pay between £7 to £9 for it, which I feel is fair for a budget buy case such as this one. As far as rating the Kinsman Soft Case goes I feel that as it has proven to be durable and made from materials that have not ripped, or been compromised in any way it deserves a reasonable rating. On balance I feel that the case merits a 3 star rating over all as whilst it is light and easy to carry it lacks any real padding that would protect a guitar from a major bump or knock which is something that I feel is a major consideration when using a guitar case.