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  1. #1
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    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.
    - etc...

    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!
    - Christian
    Budapest, Hungary

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    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.

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    Coming to Seattle

    Hi Tom,
    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

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    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.

    --Chuck Lawhorn
    Bass guitarist, IONA
    http://www.ionamusic.com

  5. #5
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    Did anything ever come of these gig bags?

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    What comes out of a gig bag?

    Quote Originally Posted by puregrace
    Did anything ever come of these gig bags?
    Like maybe a gig?

    -Starving Musician

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    funny

    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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