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Project by jeff_wenz posted 11-04-2014 03:59 PM 2723 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A special guitar build required a special guitar travel case. The guitar I just recently finished has some extra electronics that will travel with it. I figured a custom travel case to keep everything together made sense.

The case needs to hold the guitar, MIDI pedal board, power cord, and other guitar accessories.

The case is made from ¼” plywood and ½” poplar. The case is light and strong. The brown exterior fabric was attached with spray glue. My wife helped me wrap the case and make the corners pretty. I used corners generally used for guitar amplifiers to provide protection and some decorative elements. A Fender style carrying handle and some spring loaded latches make the case functional.

I used Kaizen foam for the inside bottom case. This is a rigid foam. I was able to easily slice through it by warming a disposable utility knife with a butane burner. The foam at the top is cushioning foam bought from a local upholstery fabric store. It is soft so it conforms to the knobs, etc. that protrude from the guitar and pedal board.

The foam was wrapped with fabric, then the foam was glued in place (spray adhesive for everything). I used thick superglue to handle any fabric folds and corners.

Here are the lessons I learned:
1. Using enough super glue (but not too much that it soaks through the fabric) is a balancing act
2. Using a rugged non stretchy fabric on the outside worked well
3. Using a very stretchy fabric for the inside was helpful
4. Using a fabric that does not have a design is useful for hiding folds and patching where needed

I am very happy with how it turned out. It is functional and looks about as good as I could have expected.

-- Jeff, North Carolina





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#1 posted 11-04-2014 04:36 PM

Very cool

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 07:38 PM

Very cool build. Did you document the guitar build? Would love to see that. I’ve built a couple guitars myself, although nothing LJ quality…yet!

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 07:43 PM


Very cool build. Did you document the guitar build? Would love to see that. I’ve built a couple guitars myself, although nothing LJ quality…yet!

I did document the guitar build. After I get the guitar back from the luthier, I will get some videos and post it then.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 08:36 PM

I love it!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 02:51 PM

That there’s a sweet case for what looks like a very nice Roland-equipped guitar. Are those GraphTech Piezo saddles I see?? I made a strat once upon a time with a Graph-Tech Acoustiphonic setup and Gilmour EMG’s. Those saddles are the best. I sold it to get a JTV Variax (which is very nice in its own right), but I miss the playability and ergonomics of the Fender. How’s the latency on the Roland?

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 03:19 PM



That there s a sweet case for what looks like a very nice Roland-equipped guitar. Are those GraphTech Piezo saddles I see?? How s the latency on the Roland?

Yes, they are Graph Tech saddles. The guitar has yet to be played other than testing all of the outputs work (magnetic, acoustic acoustiphonic, MIDI hexpander). But I will save the latency analysis and videos for the guitar’s project post… :)

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 04:34 PM



Did you document the guitar build? Would love to see that.

Guitar project was just posted.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/108329

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 06:10 PM

Great build Jeff! I have a couple of sheets of the cab-sleeper insulation foam used by Mercedes/Freightliner factory in North Carolina.
We have been using some of it as kneeler pads for the garden work around here for the last 6 1/2 years.

I am planning on using this stuff for my cases when I get to that point.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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