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This electric guitar gig bag will bring reassurance to all who own it with its great protection and build quality. A wise investment for any player offering great quality to price ratio – the savvy guitarists out there will snap this up.
For way too long now I’ve been carrying around my electric guitar in an old acoustic Rock-Sak, so you can imagine my delight when receiving a brand-new Gator Electric guitar gig bag as a birthday gift this year.
The Gator Pro Go electric guitar case is a durable and high quality solution suitable for the most common shapes of electric guitar.
Often overlooked by beginners, the purchase of a high quality gig bag is a great investment and while it may not be as exciting as a new guitar or effects pedal purchase, making a good decision here will serve you and your guitar for many years to come.
These days at the budget end (and even some mid to high-end guitars), a case doesn’t always come as standard and if you’re going to be out and about with your guitar regularly, its a great option.
If your happy with the length of your arms, avoid those weighty coffin style hard cases and invest in a high quality gig bag.
You’ll be rewarded with a lighter and easier way to transport your instrument in a case made from toughened material with shoulder straps for ease of use.
Try to avoid those ‘dust cover’ style sleeves that may come with new guitars too, they are wafer thin and protection wise offer close to nothing.
On first inspection, its obvious that a lot of effort has been made with the Pro Go to produce a high quality and durable solution for transporting your guitar.
Unlike some gig bags which suffer from neck-flop (a technical term I just made up! I’m referring to the neck part folding when empty), the Pro Go keeps its rigidity.
This gives you reassurance that its thickness and strength will offer great protection. It also makes packing up snappy too.
Inside you’ll find a removable neck cradle and extra padding at the bottom of the case which feature the same micro-fibre fleece material with the ability unzip and wash if needed.
Gators tag-line for the Pro Go reads: ‘the toughest gig bag on the market’ and that’s not such a hard statement to believe – it definitely looks and feels sturdy, the ultra-thick padded sidewalls offer great protection while the internal micro-fibre fleece lined interior offers a luxurious feel and look
There’s a tightly woven nylon outer material which is strong and durable and the shoulder straps offer thick padding plus a wide area to spread the load ensuring maximum comfort.
Chunky red carabiners are used to attach the adjustable shoulder straps and the zips are reassuringly weighty.
At 6.5 lbs, it may be slightly heavier than some of its competitors however the inclusion of a large accessory storage pocket reduces the chance that you’ll need to carry a backpack for extras.
This well thought out storage area includes a sheet music pocket, effect pedal holsters, cable storage using velcro cable ties and even a fleece-lined tablet pocket.
Although the outer shell seems like it would stand up well to wet weather, there is a concealed ‘pac-a-mac’ style rain cover included which conveniently stows away in a pocket on the back of the head stock area.
A nice touch giving you reassurance in bad weather (particularly useful here in the U.K!). It can be stretched over the case with its elasticated seams and there is a cut out to allow side handle access.
Both the main pocket and neck pocket interiors feature the same bright red colour that appears on the handle stitching and tabs.
This minimal colour scheme of black with red featured stitching on the handles and shoulder straps give the case a classy and stylish look while the Gator Cases logo is embroidered on the front accessory pocket.
Inside is a neck support cradle which has a decent height to it and should be suitable enough to support guitars with angled head stocks. If in doubt there’s a useful ‘case advisor‘ tool on the Gator Cases website to confirm. It’s also adjustable with a velcro base allowing you to place slightly higher or lower if needed.
At the base, the interior uses Gators ‘body block internal shock absorber’ which is basically a thick chunk of foam covered in the micro-fibre fleece material which attaches with a velcro base to run along the bottom contour offering around 12cm of padding (including the case wall) to the bottom of your guitars body – a sensible area to reinforce as its most likely to undergo impact.
Again, the toughened nylon material features on the interior at the guitars body and head stock areas to avoid the softer fleece material being damaged with loose string ends and bridge parts.
Gator gives the name ‘Pro Go’ to a whole range of cases including Pro Go’s for acoustic, classical, bass, combination cases and even Ukelele cases all offering the same high quality protection as shown here. There’s even a model for Gibson 335 style and Flying V guitars too.
I’ve had my Pro Go for over three months now and its definitely made my life easier. For me, the three keys to a successful gig bag are comfort, durability and practicality and the Pro Go wins in all these areas.
Navigating public transport can be a pain for guitarists however I never felt like the case was in the way and once the shoulder straps were adjusted its very comfortable on your back.
Although it may be slightly heavier than some gig bags its not overly heavy and still manageable. I’m a big fan of the large grab handle on the front which makes manoeuvring through small spaces easier as well as loading and unloading in the car boot and luggage holds.
The storage allows me to carry all my books and accessories in one place, I no longer need an additional small rucksack which makes life easier. Gator even thought of a handy fold away rain cover that stealthily packs away in its own pocket on the reverse of the head stock area.
I’m currently using my Pro Go for a strat style guitar with a straight head stock and am glad to report that the tuning pegs haven’t suffered from being knocked out of tune as sometimes happens in flimsier cases – Gators neck support suspends the head away from the side walls avoiding this issue.
The Gator Pro Go delivers the goods with a great range of features in a sleek modern package. Although the cost could be half the price of your whole guitar if you have a budget instrument – no matter how expensive your guitar is, it won’t be much use to you in poor shape.
This case is tough enough to endure the many battles you will face as a guitarist from accidental drops and knocks to being thrown about at gigs plus surviving torrential downpours. for those in the market for a tough high quality gig bag you’ll be struggling to find anything better at this price point.
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Rob Cox is a content creator and guitar tutor from London, UK.
He is also the founder of Tunelectric.