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firecatuk
09-14-2012, 12:45 AM
I just recently purchased my first PRS guitar (SE Custom Semi Hollow) and I'm very pleased with it, but I really want to find a good hard case for it as it only came with a gig bag :(

The official case for it is the PRS Multi-Fit, but I would much prefer a case that was shaped for the guitar (like my Les Paul for example) instead of a big rectangular clunker if possible.
I figure that this shape is pretty common and should have some third-party support.

Does anyone have any experience of alternative cases for this axe?

Many thanks in advance.

CoreyT
09-14-2012, 03:54 AM
I have three of these cases now.
One for my Santana, one for my son's Semi-Hollow, and one for my new Custom 24.
They all fit nice and tight.
$129 @ Sweetwater.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PRSCase/

They have another one for $100, but not sure if it is the same or not.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PRSCaseJr/

http://www.pnw4runners.com/guitar_stuff/22.jpg

firecatuk
09-14-2012, 04:21 AM
Nice collection :) Thanks for the photo, those look like the original rectangular cases I mentioned.

I was hoping to find something a bit more like this (clicky) (http://www.richtonemusic.co.uk/products/gator_gw-335-brown_electric_guitar_hard_case_brown.asp) that someone out there might have experience with:

http://www.richtonemusic.co.uk/Data/Product_Images/GATORGW335-BROWNa.jpg

CoreyT
09-14-2012, 05:31 AM
Yes, they are the original PRS styles cases.
They are very well built, and have a HUGE compartment that snaps shut to hold picks, string cleaner, wipe down cloths, and still more room for a cable.

And plenty of room underneath the mid neck for straps.

My Gibson SG has the shaped Gibson case for it, but the small compartment underneath the neck hardly holds anything.
I much prefer the PRS case.

LSchefman
09-14-2012, 09:48 AM
Hiscox makes a very fine case shaped like a guitar:

http://www.finecases.com/hiscox-cases-proii-es-prs-style-guitar-case.html

But I'd get one of the new hybrid cases like these; they look like gig bags, but they are much more structured inside and safer for the guitar than many hard cases:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/reunion-blues-rb-continental-electric-guitar-case?src=3WWRWXGP

Then again, if you want the best in protection and have a ton of money to spend, go for a real-deal carbon fiber case:

http://www.carbonfibercases.com

firecatuk
09-15-2012, 09:56 AM
Thanks for the tip on the Hiscox.

I've sent them an email for confirmation of the fit.

LSchefman
09-15-2012, 11:17 AM
Thanks for the tip on the Hiscox.

I've sent them an email for confirmation of the fit.

Welcome!

firecatuk
10-15-2012, 06:37 PM
So SKB got back to me - this is their recommended case for the Semi-Hollow: SKB PRS Case (http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?id=672&c=82&o=&s=75)

Sadly it's another one size fits all style, but at least they got back to me unlike Hiscox.

_pete_
10-15-2012, 08:35 PM
They have another one for $100, but not sure if it is the same or not.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PRSCaseJr/


Those aren't the same, they're for the Starla.

I need to pick up one of the $129 cases myself.

CoreyT
10-16-2012, 03:38 AM
I just got another one last Friday for my new SE Tremonti Custom that will land any day now.
Really nice cases for the $$$.

rugerpc
10-16-2012, 08:15 AM
Then again, if you want the best in protection and have a ton of money to spend, go for a real-deal carbon fiber case:

http://www.carbonfibercases.com

wow. Looks like the perfect case for a PS

firecatuk
10-23-2012, 11:26 PM
So Hiscox replied with the following info:

Our Prs cases are:
ES based on CE24
ESC based on the same model but with a lower bout .

There is no good fit for your guitar .
It will go in the following models but I do not know which would be the best fit . Sorry i can not be of more help with this one . You Are welcome to come here to the factory to try them all or find a shop with stock .
The SG
The EG
The ES
or the ESC

So a bit disappointing really. It looks like CoreyT is the winner and I'll have to go for the PRS multi-fit (ACC-4255 I think). The local PRS dealer here told me it will be 6 months if I order from them. Total ****!

CoreyT
10-24-2012, 03:38 AM
Sweetwater has the best deal on these from what I have seen, and free ground shipping via FedEx.

firecatuk
10-24-2012, 10:51 AM
Thanks CoreyT,

Would you mind telling me the weight of the Multi-Fits when empty - this doesn't seem to be listed on the official sites. Looks like I may have to ship internationally...

Thanks

CoreyT
10-24-2012, 11:08 AM
Just got on the bathroom scale with it, around 14 lbs.
Figure a few more with the nice cardboard case they ship it in.

firecatuk
10-24-2012, 07:57 PM
Thanks very much!

firecatuk
11-07-2012, 04:50 AM
I just wanted to finalise this forum thread as I think I can offer some good pointers here for anyone else who has the same dilemma as I did about the PRS Multi-Fit case (confirmed model no ACC-4255).

There were two things that put me off of the Multifit case. First was the fact that its a multi-fit and I thought this would mean the Semi-Hollow was not going to be a great fit (due to the case being designed for several models) and second was the square box design.

The case arrived yesterday and my first concern was actually all in my head. This hard case is a *perfect* fit for the SE SH Custom. Once the guitar is in the case, there is no evidence at all that other guitars fit in here - it may as well be called the SE semi-hollow case instead of multi-fit. You get the idea.
The second concern was somewhat justified - this case *is* a bit of a clunker and would not be fun to carry around for very long. It does have more space for accessories than my other cases, but with only the guitar inside it's 9.5Kg (21lbs) compared to my Les Paul in it's original case at 7.5Kg (16.5lbs) and the Les Paul is a much, much heavier guitar. The LP Case has a leather handle instead of plastic too which is kinder to your hand when lugging it about. For completeness my strat also in an original hard case weighs 6.5Kg (14lbs).

That said the fact that the case is such a good fit means I can kinda look past the extra weight - no way I'll carry it around in there though - the gig bag the guitar came with will come in use for that after all!

Also for the record Sweetwater don't ship PRS outside of US, but I ordered mine from Thomann who handle international orders to a lot of places with no hassles.
http://www.thomann.de/intl/prs_case_vintage.htm

Thanks again for the help along the way.

CoreyT
11-07-2012, 05:16 AM
Glad the case is working out for you.

Yes, pretty amazing that most guitars will fit in the case.
All three SEs I have bought so far fit perfectly inside even though they are all shaped different.
And my SE Tremonti Custom that should arrive this week is even suppose to fit one, hence why I bought another case awhile back.

Yep, not as compact either as my Gibson SG case, but I like the extra big compartment for stuff in these.

Chris528
03-22-2013, 05:21 PM
I just wanted to finalise this forum thread as I think I can offer some good pointers here for anyone else who has the same dilemma as I did about the PRS Multi-Fit case (confirmed model no ACC-4255).

There were two things that put me off of the Multifit case. First was the fact that its a multi-fit and I thought this would mean the Semi-Hollow was not going to be a great fit (due to the case being designed for several models) and second was the square box design.

The case arrived yesterday and my first concern was actually all in my head. This hard case is a *perfect* fit for the SE SH Custom. Once the guitar is in the case, there is no evidence at all that other guitars fit in here - it may as well be called the SE semi-hollow case instead of multi-fit. You get the idea.
The second concern was somewhat justified - this case *is* a bit of a clunker and would not be fun to carry around for very long. It does have more space for accessories than my other cases, but with only the guitar inside it's 9.5Kg (21lbs) compared to my Les Paul in it's original case at 7.5Kg (16.5lbs) and the Les Paul is a much, much heavier guitar. The LP Case has a leather handle instead of plastic too which is kinder to your hand when lugging it about. For completeness my strat also in an original hard case weighs 6.5Kg (14lbs).

That said the fact that the case is such a good fit means I can kinda look past the extra weight - no way I'll carry it around in there though - the gig bag the guitar came with will come in use for that after all!

Also for the record Sweetwater don't ship PRS outside of US, but I ordered mine from Thomann who handle international orders to a lot of places with no hassles.
http://www.thomann.de/intl/prs_case_vintage.htm

Thanks again for the help along the way.

Any chance you or Corey can take a close up pic of the guitar in the case? I want to get a case for my SH with Bigsby, but when folding the Bigsby arm over it is below the bottom of the guitar so wasn't sure if it will fit.

CoreyT
03-22-2013, 06:12 PM
I think that picture I posted earlier of my sons semi hollow is the only one I have with it in its case.
All three of my SEs have trem arms, but I cannot have them on when putting them in the case.
The lid pushes down on the trem arm.

Well I do have a new SKB case for my SE Tremonti Custom, as the Multifit case was a very poor fit, the neck would not lay flat, as the Tremonti is a fat girl, and the bottom of the case is not deep enough.
You can see that here.
http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?3108-SKB-3i-4214-PRS-Case-For-My-SE-Tremonti-Custom
But if you want a very tough case, that SKB one I have for the Tremonti fits all of my other SEs great too.

Chris528
03-22-2013, 06:20 PM
The SKB might work better for me since its deeper to compensate for the bigsby. Any chance you can take a pic of your son's SH when you get a chance?

Thanks,

Chris

CoreyT
03-22-2013, 07:44 PM
He lives about 25 miles away from here, and I do not visit my X wife :D
If he brings his guitar over here though sometime, I will snag a pic.

It fits the same as my 2012 SE Custom 24 in its PRS case and the SKB, very snug.
I can try snagging a pic tomorrow of my 24 with its tremolo on in the SKB case.
I have not tried fitting it in the case yet with its arm on.

Chris528
03-22-2013, 08:03 PM
No rush Corey, it will be a while before I get one. Have other priorities to tend to first n