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!