Aside from being the person at B&H Explora who spends his days chasing grammar and punctuation errors, I have also been playing guitar off and on since I was 16 years old and, to put that into perspective, I am now just about ready to enroll in Part A of Medicare. Until the end of the last Bush presidency, I was playing guitar and singing in a local New York bluegrass band. This entailed getting myself and my guitar, notes, accessories, et al, to some of the grungiest dive bars in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, although we did play the Tap Room at the old Knitting Factory, on Leonard Street. Twice.
Where's the Gig?
Just like many photographers I know, and their obsession with the right camera bag for the assignment, guitar players frequently need and have more than one case that suits their needs. Generally, the best protection you can provide for traveling with your guitar is a hard case, usually constructed from three to five layers of plywood, covered with some sort of tweed, vinyl, or Tolex, with little metal bumpers and a carry handle, that provides a neck rest inside, with a small interior accessory compartment just beneath it. This is great if you're driving a distance to your gig and you toss your guitar into the back seat, or especially when you're traveling by Amtrak from New York to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the IBMA convention. For flying, a certified flight case, made of layers of fiberglass or carbon fiber, will provide the ultimate in safety for your guitar. But that's not how we are traveling today.