Hardshell cases have their place, but if you want to stay nimble and hands-free, a good gigbag is priceless.

When hustling to get to a gig or practice, or carrying-on your guitar when flying, employing a gigbag is a guaranteed liberating experience from a clunky, hardshell case. Here are 10 options that will get you and your guitar where you’re going—safe, sound, and stealthier.

GRUV GEAR

GigBlade2
Featuring a grippy shoulder strap and an included weather cover, this bag uses a unique side-carry design for a more comfortable, practical way to carry your instrument.
$199 street
gruvgear.com

 

LEVY’S LEATHERS

Deluxe Gig Bag
This lightweight gigbag protects guitars with 25 mm foam-padded walls and an interior foam block with a hook-and-loop guitar-neck strap for added support.
$129 street
levysleathers.com

 

ROCKREADY

Volo
Featuring a durable outer covering, thick padding to protect against drops, neck support, and reflective piping, this gigbag also has a secret top pocket for keys, phone, etc.
$159 street
getrockready.com  

MUSIC AREA CASES

WIND30
This carrier boasts ultra-thick interior padding, an adjustable neck cradle, spacious storage pockets, and ergonomic “s-type” shoulder straps with massage cushions.
$181 street
musicarea.cn  

MONO

M80 Stealth
Designed with the minimalist in mind thanks to inside storage pockets, this top-loading bag features a water-resistant sharkskin shell finish and plush lining for superior guitar protection.
$199 street
monocreators.com

GATOR

Transit Series
Featuring an adjustable and removable 3-point interior padding system and 20-mm-thick foam, these gigbags also have protective rubber tread on their bottoms.
$109 street
gatorcases.com  

COFFIN

Agony Series
These gigbags feature a lightweight and flat design, durable 600D polyester exterior, 20 mm padding, a plush diamond tuck interior, and a large front pocket.
$49 street
coffingear.com  

REUNION BLUES

RBX Oxford Series
The protection system for these bags is made up of lightweight multi-layer foam with strategically placed impact panels, as well as a dense foam neck cradle and end-pin rest.
$119 street
reunionblues.com  

ROAD RUNNER

Highway Series
With thick, protective 20 mm internal foam, these double-lid-designed bags also feature corrugated front and back boards for impact resistance without adding weight.
$131 street
roadrunnercases.com  

IBANEZ

Powerpad Designer Collection
Available in multiple colors, these affordable bags feature four storage compartments, 15-mm-thick cushioning, and an interior belt that securely grips and braces the neck of your guitar.
$38 street
ibanez.com

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On his new album, Mississippi Son, the harmonica giant steps out on guitar, evoking the legends of country blues 6-string and earning his place among them.

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