This month we check out tried-and-true add-ons to protect and transport your treasured amps and cabs.

Amp Accessories


This hardshell amp-head case with a foam-lined interior and a unique, expandable lid is meant to accommodate virtually all common makes and models of amps. Other features include a built-in handle, wheels, and nylon cinch-strap closures.
Street: $230


Designed 2 Fit
These padded amplifier and cabinet covers are manufactured to exact specifications for your gear using a custom-made 600x600 denier polyester for the exterior that’s bonded to 1/4" foam padding with a soft-brushed nylon-tricot interior.
Street: $50–120


Amp Covers
These custom, handmade covers for any kind of amp provide protection from repeated handling and exposure to the elements during transportation through a triple combination of 32-ounce synthetic leather, polyester, and vinyl. Made with high-quality 138-caliber nylon stitching.
Street: $50–$85 without padding, $100–$175 with padding


This amp-head case with wheels and a tow handle for easy transport features a ballistic-nylon exterior over its wood frame, side-carry handles, and an exterior storage pocket for pedals and other accessories. The interior is lined with 20 mm foam covered in tricot.
Street: $190


Clamshell Gig Bag
These water-resistant gig bags protect the entire amp with tough 1000-denier nylon canvas and thick, quilted padding. They’re available in almost any shape with add-ons like accessory pockets and caster openings.
Street: Approximately $100 depending on size and options


This four-space amp rack is constructed of 3 mm thick high-density ABS material for its shell and a heavy-duty aluminum extrusion to ensure outstanding protection. The rack also features a pre-tensioned rack rail to eliminate the occurrence of loose racking screws, a pullout handle, and two sets of recessed wheels.
Street: $300


Premium Nylon Gig Cover
LeCover’s Premium padded covers are constructed from water-repellent 900-denier nylon that’s heat laminated to 1/2" open-cell foam with a brush-tricot (soft cloth) backing. Color options are black, orange, tan, and tweed. Monogramming is also available.
Street: $50–100 depending on amp/cab model


Custom Gear Covers
These covers are individually handsewn to fit any sized equipment and include features such as cording on side seams, fully lined handle openings, and double stitching throughout for both style and durability. The company offers custom designs for one-of-a-kind covers.
Street: $45 and up


Eurolite 6U Rack Mount Case
This six-unit amplifier case is built to last the abuse and rigors of constant gigging. It’s constructed of 3/8" black laminated plywood, has chrome recessed handles and latches, and steel-ball corners for extra protection. Rack rails are included.
Street: $140


This adjustable case for 1x12 combos was designed to accommodate a variety of amps. Features include the company’s high-density Z-Lock foam inserts to ensure a custom fit, a low profile base for easy access, and rugged casters for easy transport.
Street: $361

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