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Thread: Vintage Guitars with Non-Original Cases

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    Original cases mean very little to me - it's the guitar I'm after.

    My preference is thermoplastic SKB-type cases to minimize the possibility of mildew issues impacting the guitar. If a guitar comes with an odd smelling wooden case, it gets replaced almost immediately, and I sell the wooden original to a music store that buys used equipment.
    > Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40nt / '76 G-37bld / '92 D-6nt-hg / '94 JF-30nt / '97 Starfire III / '14 Savoy A-150b
    > Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES-125T / '66 Epi Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean / '00 J-100xt / '02 J-45 RW / '02 SG / '07 CJ-165 / '09 ES-339 / '10 ES-330L / '11 ES-335 P90s / '12 ES-330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185 / '13 LG-2 / '13 M.Kalamazoo / '14 J-15 / '15 J-50
    > Epis: '00 AIUSA Sheraton / '05 McCartney Texan / '09 Elitist Casino
    > Martins: '00 OOO-16 / '01 CS RW D

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by jcwu View Post
    I see what you did there! *rimshot*
    In this case, I like what you saw there,

    Ralph

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    I'm with Nuuska, and anyone else who suggested keeping the original case for "show", so to speak, and using a new case for better protection.
    several Guilds, one Gretsch, one Taylor, & a Squire CV tele

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    Quote Originally Posted by F312 View Post
    In this case, I like what you saw there,

    Ralph

    In some cases, I'll buy another case, just in case.
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    75 D40 SB
    77 G212 SB
    87 Pilot
    06 GAD25
    16 T-200

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    i hardly ever see the original case when i looking on reverb or on CL local to me.
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    1973 D35--Jalopy

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    Old cases are supposed to smell musty. To some, it's like perfume... The worst thing anyone can do to a vintage case is spray the with something toxic like Febreze to fix something that isn't broken. The best guitars have that same musty aged smell emanating from their inside while you play, because they are old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westerly Wood View Post
    i hardly ever see the original case when i looking on reverb or on CL local to me.
    An original case is a big plus, and it says someone cared about it enough not to lose the case. Pretty rare - but not impossible - to find a really mint guitar without a case.

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    I was so ignorant when i bought my 1994 D65S and I specified a case in the killer price. However, I was too much of a newbie to know there was such a thing as "original' i.e., Guild branded case, so I got a decent but much lesser case. Didn't know until many year later to be upset. however, it's protected the guitar all these years and I do have a Guild original case for my DV-72 of the same year. I try not to think about it and my guitars seldom leave the house so..... it's just something I have to get used to. If I let my OCD run wild I'd hate my life and so..... I try to stay calm. Try being the operative word, here......
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    Quote Originally Posted by davismanLV View Post
    I was so ignorant when i bought my 1994 D65S and I specified a case in the killer price. However, I was too much of a newbie to know there was such a thing as "original' i.e., Guild branded case, so I got a decent but much lesser case. Didn't know until many year later to be upset. however, it's protected the guitar all these years
    Same for me with my D64. It came with a non-original case, but I had no idea it was non-original! Still in it safely today, and the case still has a nice "wood" smell!

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    2011 Guild F-30RCE
    2008 PRS Hollowbody Spruce

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    I guess I've never really considered myself a collector, so case is all about function to me. Couldn't care less about non-original case, in fact, I'd much rather have a proper case (modern) than a beat original.
    Guilds:
    1967 MK-VI Artist Special (Hoboken - Jacobs restoration 2018) - "The Mark"
    12ers:
    1994 JF-30-12Bld (Westerly),
    2006 F-512 (Tacoma),
    2010 F-212XL STD (New Hartford) - "Connie"
    2014 Orpheum 12 OOO SHRW (New Hartford)

    Other 12ers:
    1970 Martin D-12-20
    1980 Ibanez AW-75 (Series I)
    1984 Taylor 655

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