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Would you pay extra for an Ultrlight case over a gig bag?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Feb 25, 2004.


  1. I'd take the custom fit Ultralight Case!!!

    9 vote(s)
    47.4%
  2. nahhh, the Gig Bag

    10 vote(s)
    52.6%
  3. I prefer the white paper Fender ships their MIM basses in.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    would you pay a premium for an Ultralight case if it was available for the model bass you were purchasing?

    or would you consider a gig bag enough?

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  2. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Carrots.

    Seriously, what do you mean by an ultralight case?
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    this is an Ultralight case:

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  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Depends on what is being shipped inside of it....e.g. a Schechter vs. a Sadowsky.

    But I'd make sure it's insured, either way.
     
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I would like to have one of those for my Spector.

    -Mike
     
  6. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    OK, I see. Those are kind of cool.

    Is this for shipping or general use? If for shipping, I'd prefer the Ultralight.

    For general use, I'd prefer the gigbag--less bulky and easier to sling around, and a good one provides sufficient protection for most of my uses. Any situation where I'd be afraid to use the gigbag (e.g., checked luggage on a plane), I'd rather have a flight case or a good hardshell or molded SKB style case than an Ultralight.
     
  7. MMSterling

    MMSterling Guest

    Feb 19, 2004
    Leicester, England
    I would prefer the case, most definately! Offers a lot more protection, vital if you have an expensive bass that you don't fancy shelling out to repair or even replace. :)

    Andy
     
  8. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    In the three years (granted, not that long) that I've been playing bass, none of my basses have recieved damage while in a gig bag. Just take that extra second to make sure that the bass isn't going to slide off where it is standing, and that it is out of the way. No problems yet.
     
  9. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I would definitely spring for the ultralight. I bought one for my Zon since the hard case it came with weighs about 20 pounds. At only seven pounds I really feel like the ultralight is more secure than any of my gigbags.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I've had Ultralights and while I prefer them to standard hardshell cases, I prefer gigbags over them... for gigging.
     
  11. jivetkr

    jivetkr

    May 15, 2002
    NJ
    FWIW, I just got my incase slimbag in the mail & its a serious bag.

    Although I wouldnt really call it a bag. Its more of a hybrid gig bag/ultralight case.

    Anyway, its more than enough protection for any application.
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Even for air travel or a band truck?
     
  13. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    We'll see what the baggage handling chimps have to say about that. :D

    For gigging I'd choose a gig bag, for travel that SKB case that can house your bass in its gig bag looks like it would do the trick and even keep the occassional baggage handling chimps at bay.
     
  14. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    I'd go with a HSC even if it wasnt ultralight. I've invested too much money on my bass to NOT have one. I'd rather not take the chance of it getting banged up in a gigbag, and the extra bulk is worth it to me.
     
  15. jivetkr

    jivetkr

    May 15, 2002
    NJ
    Alright Brad, definatly not air travel but maybe a band truck.

    The thing is really diesel.

    I'll post some pics of it later.
     
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Not passing judgement, just asking a question. Those are typically the two worst case scenarios we run into.

    That and putting your bass in a closet full of wolverines.
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Exactly. Sometimes it seems that baggage handlers look at this stuff as a challenge.

    "Sure, it'll withstand a 10 foot drop to the tarmac... but is it reeally "me" proof?"

    Then toss it ten feet up in the air, to gain more velocity before hitting the runway.