Gator Guitar Gig Bags Comparison

gator guitar gig bagsGator guitar gig bags are popular among guitarists, largely because, as gig bags go, they provide a reasonable amount of protection for the price.  In this post, I go over the line the Gator guitar gig bags, as well Gator acoustic bass gig bags, and Gator ukulele gig bags.  I hope to provide you with enough information to make an informed choice for a gig bag that meets your needs.  If you’re interested in Gator hard cases, click here.

Product Lines

Gator makes several lines of gig bag, with the primary difference being the amount of foam padding on the inside that is used to cushion your instrument.  Obviously, the higher the price, the more protection you get.  The exterior of all cases is a fabric material.  All come with backpack straps and storage compartments to carry a wide assortment of gear.  Here’s the details on the four gig bag product lines.

Pro-Go Series

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This series has the thickest foam padding to cushion and protect your instrument, of the four lines.  The foam is covered in a soft, micro-fleece layer.  It also has an internal shock absorber system to give added protection against bumps.  The backpack straps are removable.  It comes with a rain cover.  Storage compartments can handle both tablets and sheet music, along with cables and other small items, like picks and a tuner.

Transit Series

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The Transit Series features the second-most amount of foam padding (20mm thick), covered with micro-fleece.  It has an adjustable and removable interior padding system to add further protection to the headstock, neck, and bottom.  Additionally, it has several other nice features.  The exterior has rubber tread along the bottom to help prevent wear.  The large storage compartment on the front has straps to help hold items in place, making it easier to carry more stuff.  The smaller pocket has a soft lining for supporting electronic accessories.  It even has several external clips for carrying gear.   Like the Pro-Go Series, the backpack straps are removable.

4G Series

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This series also has 20mm of foam padding for protection, in addition to reinforcements to support the headstock, bridge, and bottom of the instrument.  The exterior pocket is large enough to hold sheet music, along with an assortment of accessories.  The zipper pull can hold spare picks.

GBE Series

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The GBE Series has the thinnest foam protection at 10mm, but does have reinforcements along the neck and headstock.  The exterior pocket is large and can hold quite a large array of accessories.

Models

Below are the models included in the above product lines.  To aid you in determining which case is right for you, I’ve included measurements for the instruments that will fit inside.  Please remember, these are maximum values, and all are in inches.  I’ve also included an approximate price, to help with your decision.

Classical Guitars

G-PG CLASSIC

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Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  24.00
Body Height:  4.25
Lower Bout Width:  16.50
Middle Bout Width:  13.50
Upper Bout Width:  10.50
Total Length:  42.00
Approx. Price: $150 at Amazon

GB-4G-CLASSIC

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Series:  4G
Body Length:  20.50
Body Height:  4.25
Lower Bout Width:  16.00
Middle Bout Width:  14.00
Upper Bout Width:  11.50
Total Length:  41.00
Approx. Price: $53 at Amazon

GBE-CLASSIC

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Series:  GBE
Body Length:  20.00
Body Height:  3.75
Lower Bout Width:  15.25
Middle Bout Width:  10.25
Upper Bout Width:  11.50
Total Length:  40.50
Approx. Price: $25 at Amazon

Dreadnought Guitar

GBE-DREAD

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Series:  GBE
Body Length:  22.00
Body Height:  5.50
Lower Bout Width:  16.00
Middle Bout Width:  13.00
Upper Bout Width:  12.00
Total Length:  41.50
Approx. Price: $26 at Amazon

Generic Acoustic Guitar

G-PG-ACOUSTIC

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Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  22.00
Body Height:  5.50
Lower Bout Width:  16.00
Middle Bout Width:  12.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  41.50
Approx. Price: $146 at Amazon

GT-ACOUSTIC-BLK

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Series:  Transit
Body Length:  21.00
Body Height:  6.00
Lower Bout Width:  16.50
Middle Bout Width:  13.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  44.00
Approx. Price: $100 at Amazon

GT-ACOUSTIC-GRY

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Series:  Transit
Body Length:  21.00
Body Height:  6.00
Lower Bout Width:  16.50
Middle Bout Width:  13.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  44.00
Approx. Price: $100 at Amazon

GT-ACOUSTIC-TAN

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Series:  Transit
Body Length:  21.00
Body Height:  6.00
Lower Bout Width:  16.50
Middle Bout Width:  13.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  44.00
Approx. Price: $96 at Amazon

GB-4G-ACOUSTIC

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Series:  4G
Body Length:  21.50
Body Height:  5.00
Lower Bout Width:  17.00
Middle Bout Width:  15.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  42.75
Approx. Price: $42 at Amazon

Dual Bag – one Acoustic, one Electric

G-PG-ACOUELECT

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Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  22.00
Body Height:  5.50
Lower Bout Width:  16.00
Middle Bout Width:  12.00
Upper Bout Width:  13.00
Total Length:  41.50
Approx. Price: $176 at Amazon

GB-4G-ACOUELECT

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Series:  4G
Body Length:  22.00
Body Height:  5.00
Lower Bout Width:  16.00
Middle Bout Width:  14.50
Upper Bout Width:  12.50
Total Length:  43.50
Approx. Price: $100 at Amazon

Acoustic Bass Guitar

GBE-AC-BASS

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Series:  GBE
Body Length:  25.50
Body Height:  6.50
Lower Bout Width:  17.50
Middle Bout Width:  15.00
Upper Bout Width:  14.50
Total Length:  49.50
Approx. Price: $40 at Amazon

Mini-Acoustic Guitar

GB-4G-MINIACOU

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Series:  4G
Body Length:  18.50
Body Height:  4.50
Lower Bout Width:  14.75
Middle Bout Width:  13.50
Upper Bout Width:  11.50
Total Length:  38.00
Approx. Price: $40 at Amazon

GBE-MINI-ACOU

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Series:  GBE
Body Length:  21.00
Body Height:  3.50
Lower Bout Width:  15.00
Middle Bout Width:  13.00
Upper Bout Width:  11.00
Total Length:  38.50
Approx. Price: $25 at Amazon

Concert Style Ukulele

G-PG-UKE-CON

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  12.00
Body Height:  3.25
Lower Bout Width:  9.50
Middle Bout Width:  7.75
Upper Bout Width:  6.50
Total Length:  25.50
Approx. Price: $80 at Amazon

GB-4G-UKE CON

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  4G
Body Length:  11.00
Body Height:  2.75
Lower Bout Width:  7.75
Middle Bout Width:  7.25
Upper Bout Width:  6.50
Total Length:  25.00
Approx. Price: $30 at Amazon

GBE-UKE-CON

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Series:  GBE
Body Length:  12.00
Body Height:  2.875
Lower Bout Width:  8.75
Middle Bout Width:  7.50
Upper Bout Width:  5.00
Total Length:  25.25
Approx. Price: $25 at Amazon

Soprano Style Ukulele

G-PG-UKE-SOP

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  10.00
Body Height:  3.25
Lower Bout Width:  9.00
Middle Bout Width:  7.50
Upper Bout Width:  6.50
Total Length:  22.50
Approx. Price: $80 at Amazon

GB-4G-UKE SOP

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  4G
Body Length:  10.50
Body Height:  2.75
Lower Bout Width:  7.75
Middle Bout Width:  7.25
Upper Bout Width:  6.25
Total Length:  21.50
Approx. Price: $30 at Amazon

GBE-UKE-SOP

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  GBE
Body Length:  11.00
Body Height:  3.00
Lower Bout Width:  8.25
Middle Bout Width:  6.50
Upper Bout Width:  4.25
Total Length:  22.00
Approx. Price: $25 at Amazon

Tenor Style Ukulele

G-PG-UKE-TEN

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  Pro-Go
Body Length:  13.50
Body Height:  4.00
Lower Bout Width:   11.00
Middle Bout Width:  9.00
Upper Bout Width:  7.50
Total Length:  27.50
Approx. Price: $80 at Amazon

GB-4G-UKE TEN

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  4G
Body Length:  10.50
Body Height:  3.50
Lower Bout Width:  9.50
Middle Bout Width:  9.00
Upper Bout Width:  7.00
Total Length:  26.25
Approx. Price: $30 at Amazon

GBE-UKE-TEN

gator ukulele gig bags
Series:  GBE
Body Length:  14.00
Body Height:  3.875
Lower Bout Width:  9.875
Middle Bout Width:  8.50
Upper Bout Width:  4.50
Total Length:  26.75
Approx. Price: $25 at Amazon

Problems

In my opinion, you get what you pay for, and that is particularly true with these gig bags.  Gator makes good cases, and even the lowest level bags provide decent protection.  But they do have limitations.  None of these bags are suitable for flying, although some people have tried.  And they are not good in situations where something may be stacked on top of them, or if they will be thrown around.  They just don’t provide sufficient protection for being so roughly handled.

The backpack straps on all four series have been known to fail over time.  Users have reported them becoming detached where they attach to the bag.  Others have reported the hooks and connectors breaking.

Zippers, as you’d expect, can break with extended wear.

One last complaint about these bags.  If you put too much stuff in the pockets, they become un-balanced.  So, if you try to stand one up, it will fall over.  If you lay it down and open it, the case can fall backwards, putting your instrument at risk of scratching (after all, you’ve opened the case, exposing your instrument).  Just be careful.

Warranty

Gator warrants their cases with a lifetime warranty, limited to any manufacturing defects in material or workmanship.  It is limited to the original owner and requires proof of purchase.  They will repair the case or provide a replacement, either of the same product or a comparable product of similar value.  The warranty excludes damage due to “misuse, neglect, accidents, abrasion, exposure to extreme temperatures, solvents, acids, water, normal wear and tear or transport damage.”

Ratings

Gig Bags have their place, but I caution you to know their limitations.  I would not fly with one, and I would be careful about how they are handled.  You don’t want to stack anything on top of one, or toss it around carelessly.  With that said, here are my ratings for the various series I’ve detailed above.  Each series has its appropriate uses, and I hope you keep that in mind when choosing the best bag for you.

Pro-Go Gig Bags – 7.5 out of 10.0.  For gig bags, these are good.  Their level of protection is the best of the bunch, but they are not cheap.  There are good hard cases that are cheaper, which provide more protection.

Transit Gig Bags – 6.0 out of 10.0.  These are good bags, but not to the level of protection of the Pro-Go bags.  Also, hard cases by Gator can be bought for a similar price as these.

4G Gig Bags – 5.0 out of 10.0.  Less expensive, but you also get less protection and fewer features.

GBE Gig Bags – 3.5 out of 10.0.  Least expensive, and the bare minimum of protection.  Also, these tend to break down quicker than the other bags listed above.

If you have comments, please leave them below.  Keep making music.  Remember, music makes the world a better place.

Rock On!

One Reply to “Gator Guitar Gig Bags Comparison”

  1. I have the Pro Go Electric Guitar Case, it’s very well made, hard cases will always offer greater protection but for every day travel the Gator case is great

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