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best Padded gig bag for bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by vernthebass, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. vernthebass


    Mar 17, 2014
    I travel a lot with work and want to take my bass with me, I'm often in hotels and can make good use of the time practicing.
    My MM bass in always stored and transported in a hard case when gigging but its a bit awkward to handle when checking in to a hotel - so i want to know can anyone recommend a really good padded gig bag just for bass guitars?
  2. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I Some Music" Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    How much do you want to spend? You can get a decent World Tour or Gator bag for about $30 bucks or so. A really, really good one like a Mono M80 can run you close to $200. Protec and SKB make some good ones for around $100.
  3. vernthebass


    Mar 17, 2014
    Thanks Mike - I was looking at the mono M80 - I wondered if it was worth its price tag?
  4. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Mono, Reunion Blues and iGig all make high quality gig bags.

    I have the Mono Vertigo for bass, and the Mono M80 for guitar, and I like both of them quite a bit: https://www.monocreators.com/home.asp

    I used to have a Reunion Blues Continental. It it an extremely well built case, and probably at least as protective as any hard shell case. It ended up being a bit too bulky for me, plus the straps are mounted in such a way that the bass sits high up on your back, and was constantly bumping it into things. http://reunionblues.com/

    A couple of friends have the iGig cases, and they are top notch: http://www.mikobass.com/iGig/
  5. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    if you want a hybrid with some rigidity,,there are lots of choices.

    If you want a "bag"...the best I've seen is the probag stuff which starts around $200.

  6. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    The GRUVGEAR Gigblade is pretty interesting too, for similar price to the MONO bag

    That said, I own the MONO M80 and love it. But if I were in the market for a second, I'd consider the GRUVGEAR.
  7. I love my M80. Well made, lots of handy pockets, rides great on your back.
  8. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    There are a lot of really good bags out there to suit different needs and "best" becomes a matter of opinion. My overall pick is a Glenn Cronkhite leather bag. It's a one time investment and a beautiful piece of craftsmanship from the guy who invented the gigbag. The Fender shaped one fits into an SKB Roto which makes a really good modular ATA rated system. More about Glenn Cronkhite.

    My Mooradians have seen a lot of use around town over the last couple decades. Not as bombproof as an M80 or RB Continental but is US made and folds and stuffs better than most bags for maximum compactness in small restaurants and bars. They also fit well in the SKB Roto.
  9. Medic579


    Dec 18, 2009
    .02 cents. I have a reunion blues that I have had my 35 inch scale BTB 5 ER in forever it is absolutely great.
  10. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    For the money, I think G&L makes a great one. MTD, too.
  11. rob2966


    Oct 19, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    Love my Sadowsky Portabags.

  12. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    igig 515 and 525 and mono m80 and vertigo all the way. Great for travel.
  13. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    About the gruvgear case... I don't know but to me the option to only sling it on your shoulder is a big negative. Furthermore, IMO, it simply looks awkward to have your bass slung on your shoulder like a super huge purse.

    That said, I'd would totally be into their cases if they had back straps, because their case design does look appealing.
  14. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I have a MONO M80 and a Vertigo. Both are great and worth the price.
  15. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Another vote for Mono.

    +1. The lack of carry options are a big mistake IMO. I wouldn't be able to use it without backpack straps. Plenty seem excited about it though.
  17. ConnManX


    Jun 12, 2013
    Houston, TX
    I have the igig G515, love it!
  18. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Yeah, my initial impression was that their solution to the problems (sic) of a conventional gigbag probably only creates a different set of problems. But kudos to them for thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo with what looks like a viable product.

    fwiw my next gigbag is definitely going to be a Mono M80.