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    Gig bag recommendations for SC HB ll

    Does anyone here use a gig bag for their hollowbody? I am finding the hard case it comes in far too heavy and not able to carry enough gear. So doing research on line it looks like the Mono bags are the way to go, but which of the two M80 or Vertigo and will a singlecut HB fit into the standard bag or will I have to get the Semi Hollow version because of the depth, and if the latter will it rattle around in there?
    Any thoughts and recommendations please bearing in mind I will have to order this sight unseen by mail order.

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    I've used a Levy's Leather Gig Bag for my HB for years. Now, I don't gig a lot, but with simple caution, you should be fine...
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    I use a black PRS SE gig bag for mine.
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    I have the Mono M-80 and it fits my CU 24, HB II and SC Ted with no shifting. I don't have any experience with the Vertigo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.shamone View Post
    I have the Mono M-80 and it fits my CU 24, HB II and SC Ted with no shifting. I don't have any experience with the Vertigo.
    Is that the standard M80 or the M80 Semi Hollow? I am a bit concerned that my PRS HB measures just under 4 inches deep at the bridge and the Mono site says it's max depth is 3.75 inches.
    Thanks
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    I was working a show the other day and a sales rep brought a standard Mono bag out to show me. I can't swear to the exact model but he had a Squier Strat in it for show and tell purposes. I took it back stage and test fit a bunch of PRS guitars in it including a Swamp ash, Mira, SC Modern Eagle, SC Hollowbody with a Bigsby, and a HB II. They all fit fine and it had a red tag sewn on it saying something like "Fly Away". He said if you have that tag the airlines know its approved and they cannot make you gate check it. They either have to let you put it overhead or they have to stow it in a closet up front. I was pretty impressed with the level of protection that bag provided.

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    I'll never put a valuable guitar in a gig bag again. Never.

    How old is your guitar/case? My 2012 is the most perfect guitar case I've ever seen. Why risk a pricey guitar so you can squeeze a bunch of stuff in with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danerada View Post
    I use a black PRS SE gig bag for mine.
    Ditto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LJD View Post
    I'll never put a valuable guitar in a gig bag again. Never.

    How old is your guitar/case? My 2012 is the most perfect guitar case I've ever seen. Why risk a pricey guitar so you can squeeze a bunch of stuff in with it?
    In theory you're absolutely right of course, but...

    Having carried a guitar in its heavy plywood case for a very long day of travel, including several airports and connecting flights, to go to, say, a foreign city for recording sessions, and then dealing with the luggage and ride in a small taxi to the hotel, and then back and forth in taxis to the studio...not to mention the return trip in reverse...well...been there, done that, and once was enough!

    Subsequent trips overseas for sessions, only with a gig bag instead? Yeah...much, much better. Oh, so much better!

    I was once doing a project in Holland when the jazz festival in Amsterdam was happening, and it seemed the whole plane was full of musicians with gig bags! There must have been 30 of us! (OK, so not the whole plane, but that's still a lot of folks with gig bags). And since that was everyone's hand luggage, all of the overhead compartments were full of guitars instead of suitcases. It was a sight! But no way I could've gotten my guitar in one in a large rectangular case.

    I've always used heavy leather gig bags from Reunion Blues or Levy's for that kind of travel, the guitars have been relatively safe, no damage to mine ever. Here's one made in Germany of distressed cowhide by Harvest that looks very protective, indeed, check out that neck support thing, and the protection from the zipper area. I wouldn't be afraid to take my A-R McCarty Singlecut (a.k.a. The Hammer Of The Gods) out in this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavefromDE View Post
    I was working a show the other day and a sales rep brought a standard Mono bag out to show me. I can't swear to the exact model but he had a Squier Strat in it for show and tell purposes. I took it back stage and test fit a bunch of PRS guitars in it including a Swamp ash, Mira, SC Modern Eagle, SC Hollowbody with a Bigsby, and a HB II. They all fit fine and it had a red tag sewn on it saying something like "Fly Away". He said if you have that tag the airlines know its approved and they cannot make you gate check it. They either have to let you put it overhead or they have to stow it in a closet up front. I was pretty impressed with the level of protection that bag provided.
    Thanks for the info, I have only had my HBll for a couple of months and already am passed fed up with the hard case, it is looking like a standard M80 will do the trick thanks for the replies.

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