Levys leather gig bags !

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by msb, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    IMG_6967.JPG A friend has been using a double Levy's leather guitar gig bag now for about forty years . Zippers are still great , and with the constant wear it's become one gorgeous old leather bag . So yesterday a new Levy leather bag popped up on our local kijiji . I like to use short scale basses now and guitar gig bags often fit . The bag was still wrapped in plastic , the foam was still in the pockets ... a brand new bag ! Still a bit expensive , but a gorgeous bag . My Gibson DC Jr bass just fits ! The pic is from the internet , but it's the same LM18 leather bag . I look forward to putting some wear on this !
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  2. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    I have a friend that's had one for years and it's a very nice bag. Congrats!
  3. Nice...nice AND heavy. Love mine but Good Lord, they’re weighty for an old guy!
  4. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Gorgeous bag , if I found a good price on a bass bag for my longscales I'd buy it in a minute . You've got to be quick on kijiji sometimes . There are some items that just instantly sell . The seller mentioned that there were other interested buyers when I picked it up . It was still an expensive bag , but a great price for leather .
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  5. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Heh , kind of ironic . I'll be putting my trusty old Dano Longhorn in it this weekend . Paid more for the bag than I did for the bass . (but I got the bass new on a blowout sale ... $200 new , possibly the best $200 I ever spent )
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  6. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I've probably told this story before somewhere on TB, but ... 40-something years ago I was in Manny's Music on 48th Street in NYC, up in what was then their Pro Audio showroom on the second floor, and Will Lee walks in with a gig bag on his back. A gorgeous beat-to-hell, ridden-hard-and-put-away-wet brown leather gig bag. I don't even know what bass was inside (40 years? Hmm... possibly his sunburst Fender Jazz with the Valley Arts neck? But I digress...) because that didn't matter; it was the condition of that leather that just completely struck me as being archetypal beauty. I swore then and there that some day I would get a leather gig bag.

    Finally got one ~2 years ago, a Glenn Cronkhite bag just before he sold off his company. And y'know what? It's everything I ever imagined a leather bag would be.
    Now I just gotta put some beat-to-hell, ridden-hard-and-put-away-wet years on this thing for it to really develop a patina!
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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Careful the bag doesn't crush the bass :D

    But seriously, I have an 09 Longhorn I paid about the same for. Despite its flimsy build, it's been a great sounding and playing bass for me for 10 years now. That bag is definite overkill for a Dano, but I do love a good Dano.
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i agree, OP, leather gig bags do look cool then they're 'naturally' worn/scuffed/relic'd. you got one --- now you can work yours! :D congrats! :thumbsup:
  9. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I'm not a believer in artificial relics so it'll just get honest wear and tear . I generally do several gigs a week . And Jimmy , I've been impressed with how tough that featherlight Dano really is . It's been my main player for the last eight or nine years and it's never had any issue or let me down .Tough as nails ! I recently picked up one of those little Les Paul DC Jr basses though , and it might wind up replacing the Dano as my #1 . We'll see ...
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  10. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    I love these bags. One came with my Dingwall Prima Artist.
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  11. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    of all the things I've spent too much money on, I'm always surprised how much enjoyment I get out of that leather gig bag of mine.
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  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Sure buddy...stealth mode all the way! ;)
  13. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Endorsing Artist: Eventide, GHS Strings, G&L Guitars, NS Design, Tsunami Cables
    I had a Levys endorsement for a while (before my Gruv Gear one), and I absolutely loved my gig bag that I had from them. The only thing I did to it was quickly spray it with some leather treatment every year or so, and it stayed nearly brand new.
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  14. extreme


    Mar 20, 2000
    A Levy's leather gig bag is totally worth it! I have one I got here in the classifieds almost 20 years ago...screaming deal for $85. I have a canvas Levy's bag as well. I will say the leather has held up better than the canvas.

    Now, what I would really like is ANOTHER Levy's leather gig bag...the model that perfectly fits a P-basses. Do I need it? No, but it just looks cool.