|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 11-04-2014 03:59 PM||2952 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
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