Guitar bags suck
I have been playing bass and guitar for well over 20 years now, and have yet to find an intelligently designed gig bag.
Briefly, a gig bag is what you stick your guitar/bass into when you are going to play a concert. It is NOT a shipping container of any sort. It usually has backpack-like straps, storage for cords, tuner, music books, etc, and a handle that allows you to hold it horizontally by one hand.
Some problems with these bags include:
- No attention to protecting the delicate parts of the instrument.
- Difficult to move and manipulate when standing on a bus, etc.
- Wasted space.
- Poor balance.
- Bad strap location.
I have conceptualized a new type of bag design that addresses all of these weaknesses. It is never going to make a bazillion dollars, but it could be a steady seller.
Unfortunately, I don't know any competent bag designers/manufacturers!
Do you have some sort of process for reviewing designs submitted by outside parties? Is there a way I could meet with Tom (or someone) while I am in Seattle and San Francisco visiting my family in November and December? (I live in Budapest, Hungary.)
I would love to see this bag in production!! What can I do to move this forward?
Thank you for your time and attention!
We have contempated making gig bags, though it is a far different market than we currently deal with. Back when I made custom bags (back in the bad old days) I once made a padded case for a bass sax which was like 6 or 7 feet long; also I used to make cases for a small stringed instrument called a Bowed Sultry. So making the bag or case doesn't seem to far off. Just the marketing of it that would be difficult; as it is now we sell only direct to the end customer - if we sold to stores the retail mark-up would make our prices even further out of reach.
All that being said, I'll give it some more thought. I'm in Seattle a few times per month so maybe we could meet there; also Port Angeles is a 2-1/2 hour drive west of Seattle and I'm there most of the time.
Let me know your schedule as the time approaches.
Thanks for your interest.
Coming to Seattle
I will be in Seattle from Nov 3rd (Monday) to January 8th. While I am in town I will call you and see if we can mesh our schedules.
I have put a lot more thought into the gig bag, and it is really becoming an interesting device.
I look forward to meeting you in person!
Thanks for your time,
- Christian Jacobsen
I would be very interested in a well-thought-out gig bag as well. I'm currently using a Reunion Blues Stratocaster bag for my David King headless six-string bass, and even though the bag appears to be symmetrical, the bass will only fit into the case backwards.
Thanks, I'm looking forward to receiving the Empire Builder briefcase.
Bass guitarist, IONA
Did anything ever come of these gig bags?
What comes out of a gig bag?
Like maybe a gig?
Originally Posted by puregrace
you'll have to find gigs on your own, unfortunately.
but it'd be nice to have some bags designed with the musician in mind. artist bags would be a great market too, Tom.
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