Case options that will cradle your axe like a baby and protect against travel’s inevitable bumps and drops.

Sure, FAA rules governing carry-on instrument cases are relaxing, but better safe than sorry in the event your guitar is placed in the hands of the baggage experts. These ultra-rugged cases will put your mind at ease.

HOFFEE CASES

Custom Fitted/Shaped Electric Case
These flightworthy cases feature composite carbon fiber shells and tight-fitting, water-resistant seals when closed. Options include Thinsulate insulation, pro-grade cloth covers, and GPS location systems.
$1,150 street
carbonfibercases.com

TIMBRE CASES

DNone
Manufactured with tough yet lightweight Kydex thermoplastic, this premium case fits all standard dreadnoughts and features recessed latches, torqued hinges, a water-resistant seal, and recessed transport wheels.
$849 street
timbrecases.com

CALTON CASES

Electric Guitar Case
These rugged handmade cases feature reinforced fiberglass composite shells and interiors lined with high-density foam and plush colorfast velvet to ensure a perfect custom fit and high level of protection.
$945 street
calton-cases.com

KARURA CASES

TravelPro XL Series
These handcrafted travel cases feature cored carbon fiber composite construction, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel hardware, and interiors with ultra-foam cushion beds to insulate against temperature extremes and absorb shocks and drops.
$899 street
karuracase.com

CASEXTREME

Guitar Flight Case
These flight cases are made to order with recycled, corrugated polypropylene from the packing industry. Each uses an interior custom-foam insert (per an instrument tracing) for a glove-like fit. Crush-resistant to 750 pounds.
$297 street
casextreme.com

HISCOX CASES

Liteflite PRO-II-GAD
This case, which accommodates 95 percent of dreadnoughts, include a 2 mm puncture/impact-resistant outer shell, crushed velour interior, and foam-cushion padding at key interior areas for added shock protection.
$279 street
hiscoxcases.com

SKB CASES

iSeries 3i-4719-35
These injection-molded waterproof cases (335-style shown) feature impact-resistant submersible design, wheels, molded-in hinges, TSA-approved locks, and plush interiors that provide total neck support and protection on all sides.
$329 street
skbcases.com

GATOR CASES

GWP-Electric
Employing impact-resistant NK-7 resin material for the outer shell, these injection-molded waterproof cases have an ATA 300 spec rating. Other features include the PowerclawÔ latching system and a tilt-and-roll design with recessed wheels.
$279 street
gatorcases.com

A chambered body and enhanced switching make this affordable Revstar light and loaded with tones.

Scads of cool tone combinations. Articulate pickups. Relatively light. Balanced and comfortable. Well built.

Some P-90 players might miss the extra grit the Revstar trades for articulation.

Yamaha Revstar Standard RSS02T
usa.yamaha.com

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While the Yamaha name is famous in circles beyond the guitar world, they’ve made first-class guitars since the 1960s. And while they don’t unleash new releases with the frequency of some larger guitar brands, every now and then they come down the mountain with a new axe that reminds us of their capacity to build great electric 6-strings. In 2015, Yamaha introduced the first generation Revstar. With a handsome aesthetic inspired by the company’s motorcycle racing heritage, the Revstar combined sweet playability and vintage style touchstones. This year, Yamaha gave the Revstar an overhaul—including body chambering, updated pickups, and new switching. What’s impressive is how these alterations enhance the already impressive playability and versatility of the original.

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Marty Stuart

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