For the guitar player, a guitar case really is an essential piece of luggage if you want to be able to take your guitar out of your home. These cases can come with both hard and soft outer shells, if you want to look after your guitar you really need one. If you play acoustic guitar then they are even more important, because if the wood is damaged it can seriously effect the guitars sound. If you were going to take your old Les Paul standard to your friends house to play and someone on the bus hit it, or you happened to drop it, you could ruin it, or harm its resale value. Even small damage such as scratches and dents can effect the sound produced the electric and acoustic guitars.
Guitar cases have been created to protect your prized instrument from all types of damage. A soft guitar case will protect your guitar from moderate moisture and scratches. If you get caught in a rain shower your guitar should be OK, but I wouldn’t leave it out in the rain. Hard guitar cases are very often used as flight cases when going on tour or if travelling by air plane. A case like this would normally be made using a metal or strong plastic, they are normally made to withstand extremes of both cold and hot and also pressure changes that could ruin a guitar.
A good quality guitar case should not just protect your guitar case, it should also offer you plenty of space to keep your other guitar accessories. These items could be your picks, cables, CDs, sheet music, your effects pedals or anything else that you carry. Everything like though should be kept together for quick access and so they are easy to find, a guitar case is the perfect place. When you are looking for a new guitar case the best place to start looking is at a local guitar store. The people that work in these stores will be able to show you around their selection, tell them the guitar that you have, what you will be using it for and also what else you need to carry around and they will be able to show you your perfect case.