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Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case

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A little extra care for your pride and joy.

The Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case is a rugged wood case covered in Tolex and featuring padded plush lining, heavy-duty handle, and an accessory compartment. Provides maximum protection.

FEATURES
Rugged wood structure
Tough Tolex covering
Padded plush lining
Heavy-duty handle
Accessory compartment

You love your guitar, so keep it in a case. Order today.

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EpiphoneEDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case
 
4.7

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good protection (27)
  • Durable (25)
  • Stylish (22)
  • Easy to carry (17)
  • Good quality (10)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (22)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (11), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Chuck Makela

The Epiphone EDREAD Case has served me very well over the last 5 years. The exterior seams are all still intact, all the laches still work fine, the key still works, the interior...Read complete review

The Epiphone EDREAD Case has served me very well over the last 5 years. The exterior seams are all still intact, all the laches still work fine, the key still works, the interior plush lining has not separated from the plys anywhere that I can see, and I like the bigger inside storage compartment. I'd recommend this product to anyone. As they say, it's a great bang for the buck.
I've owned the Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case for going on five years now and I can tell you, it's one tough cookie. I also own a Martin Hardshell 345 Case so it's fairly easy for me to draw a comparison. From an appearance standpoint, picture admiring the most beautiful armored car you ever saw versus viewing a sleek black Mercedes. But, now, let's look at how the two cases differ in terms of construction and functionality.

The Epiphone EDREAD is indeed an armored car. If the ultimate protection for your guitar is what you're looking for, the EDREAD is the case to buy. On the outside, the Tolex covering is durable and easy to clean. The case has 5 laches versus the 3 found on the Martin 345. The EDREAD locks with a key versus a small padlock on the 345. Around the neck, Epiphone attaches its exterior to the inner plys with rivets. With Martin, the process is done with small, black U-shaped brads which are basically invisible. The EDREAD has a more comfortable padded handle versus the molded plastic one used on the 345.

On the inside, the EDREAD has a little more padding than the 345. The EDREAD is 1/2 in. wider in the lower bout than the 345 and 1&1/2 in. longer in length. Of course, this is because the Epiphone DR-100 guitar is slightly larger than say a Martin D-28, especially in the headstock area. These cases are made to fit, but I can also get my Epiphone into the Martin case without a problem.

The EDREAD case is a workhorse period. It's a little heavier than most of the cases out there, but then again, armored cars are not very light. And bear in mind, this not an ugly case by any stretch.
While I wouldn't strap the Epiphone EDREAD Case to my back while bull riding, it will function well in most any other environment.
For the protection it offers, the Epiphone EDREAD Case is a great buy.

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It Could Be Better

I like buying equipment that goes together. But in this case, I would recommend an SKB case. This Epiphone case looks nice, but is very bulky and heavy. It does offer adequate...Read complete review

I like buying equipment that goes together. But in this case, I would recommend an SKB case. This Epiphone case looks nice, but is very bulky and heavy. It does offer adequate protection for the guitar at home but this case would never take the pounding it would get touring. The major fault for me is that the top and bottom don't mesh properly and you constantly have to fight to get the case to close. It's time consuming and a real pain. I also question how long it will be until the plastic cover and the particle board body will dry out and let go. Get an SKB and save yourself the money and the potential headaches.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Chuck Makela

By Chuck Makela

from North Myrtle Beach, SC

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Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

The Epiphone EDREAD Case has served me very well over the last 5 years. The exterior seams are all still intact, all the laches still work fine, the key still works, the interior plush lining has not separated from the plys anywhere that I can see, and I like the bigger inside storage compartment. I'd recommend this product to anyone. As they say, it's a great bang for the buck.
I've owned the Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case for going on five years now and I can tell you, it's one tough cookie. I also own a Martin Hardshell 345 Case so it's fairly easy for me to draw a comparison. From an appearance standpoint, picture admiring the most beautiful armored car you ever saw versus viewing a sleek black Mercedes. But, now, let's look at how the two cases differ in terms of construction and functionality.

The Epiphone EDREAD is indeed an armored car. If the ultimate protection for your guitar is what you're looking for, the EDREAD is the case to buy. On the outside, the Tolex covering is durable and easy to clean. The case has 5 laches versus the 3 found on the Martin 345. The EDREAD locks with a key versus a small padlock on the 345. Around the neck, Epiphone attaches its exterior to the inner plys with rivets. With Martin, the process is done with small, black U-shaped brads which are basically invisible. The EDREAD has a more comfortable padded handle versus the molded plastic one used on the 345.

On the inside, the EDREAD has a little more padding than the 345. The EDREAD is 1/2 in. wider in the lower bout than the 345 and 1&1/2 in. longer in length. Of course, this is because the Epiphone DR-100 guitar is slightly larger than say a Martin D-28, especially in the headstock area. These cases are made to fit, but I can also get my Epiphone into the Martin case without a problem.

The EDREAD case is a workhorse period. It's a little heavier than most of the cases out there, but then again, armored cars are not very light. And bear in mind, this not an ugly case by any stretch.
While I wouldn't strap the Epiphone EDREAD Case to my back while bull riding, it will function well in most any other environment.
For the protection it offers, the Epiphone EDREAD Case is a great buy.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Retired

By Stephen Hage

from Northwest

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Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

I am very pleased with my choice of this case. I bought an Epiphone for my first guitar, and was very pleased with quality for the price. This Epiphone hardcase is another example of the quality of the brand.
Very well designed, and sturdy. The accessories compartment has ample room for everything you might want to care with you.

I wasn't sure about whether it would fit my guitar, as they don't give a good online chart to show which hardshell guitar cases fit which accoustic guitars. I think they should provide this service. I had to take a chance based on a comment from a review, that this one will work for my Epiphone DR-100 accoustic guitar. It does fit.

My guitar fit snugly, like a glove. Being a beginner, I have to guess that is the way it is supposed to fit.
The case is well made inside and out, with no flaws in workmanship. The liner is a nice gray plush, that donsn't lint on my guitar. The lid aligns and fit the case body perfectly. I am pleased to see there are latches all around the case to keep the lid secure, and add support to the hinges. I'm sure it prevents warping of the case, and damage when shipping.
I recommend this case for guitar. It is a good quality case, and the price is very reasonable. I can't see how the higher priced case could have any better cases, for the extra bucks.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Built like a mac truck

By Andrew

from New York City

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Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

      I didn't realize how well made this case was until I ordered a Martin DRS1, which came with their 345 case.

      The Martin case has stitching that's coming apart and is horrible.

      The EDREAD is sturdy, has very nice stitching and design is rock solid.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great case

      By bcombess

      from Kentucky

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      Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

      I bought this for my Epiphone Hummingbird Pro, and I couldn't ask for a better case. Solid construction, comfortable feel when carrying. My hummingbird fits in it perfectly. Any dreadnought should fit nicely.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Beautiful and Versitale Case

      By Jazz Man 2-5-1

      from Mohawk Valley Region, NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Carry
      • Good Protection
      • Sturdy
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Everyday
        • Travel

        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        The Ibanez ArtCore AS73 series guitar case , specified for my new and beautiful Ibanez AS7312 12 string guitar was too short. The head stock did not fit.

        Royce at Musician's Friend helped me with the return, and found me this beautiful Epiphone EDREAD case, which fits very well (with the addition of a bath towel, under the guitar body in the bottom of the case to level the neck). Now my new 12 string guitar has 1,1/2 inches of clearance at the headstock in a real plush case with great latches and a leather handle, for nearly the same cost. The sides of the Ibanez AS7312 fit nearly perfectly, with no slop.

        Keeping the 12 string inside of this case in cold weather (with inside temperate swings of 5 degrees F) really helps keep the guitar in tune , with great protection and a large compartment for accessories.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        VERY Pleased!!!

        By The guy that lives in my house

        from USA

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        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        I give this case a 10 across the board. It's visually attractive...it's built like a tank....it's more than affordable. There is no reason that I can see not to buy this case. When I first took it out of it's box, it seemed huge to me...I thought that it would never fit my little masterbilt...but," it turns out it fits it perfectly..and it's really not any bigger then any of my other acoustic cases. It does have that horrid ""new case"" smell"," but that's nuthin' that an hour or so in the sunshine won't remedy. I'm more than happy with this case.
        This is a super nice case. I was pleasently surprised to find that the actual case differs slightly from the picture on the website. Instead of the standard ""all black"" tolex", it features a very nice brown trim around the edges and a brown leather-like handle. It's got a nice archtop, sturdy latches and very soft, plush interior that hugs the guitar pretty snug...I got this case for an Epiphone Masterbilt DR500P, and it fits it like a glove. It's got a roomy storage compartment and it's very sturdy and substantial feeling when you carry it around. It's a bit heavy, but that's just all the better to store the guitar in for protection.
        The quality seems top notch to me so far...mind you, I haven't taken my guitar on a world tour in this case or anything, but it seems to be well built. The latches close snugly, but not too tight...the tolex covering is very nice looking...not the pebbly textured type tolex thats usuallyl on cases, but a smooth, leather-like material. The brown trim and handle, and the charcoal grey, plush interior make this case very luxurious. Very nice.
        Value is great...when I saw this case, I couldn't believe what I had paid for it...it looks and feels like a case that would cost 2 or 3 times what Musicians Friend is selling it for. It's a steal of a deal and if you need a case for your Epi dread, don't pass this one up...If I were to just happen by this case in a music store, I'd expect it to be an expensive, top of the line case...but luckily enough for us starving musicians...it's VERY affordable.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great case!

        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        I recently purchased a black Epi Hummingbird from Musician's Friend. When it was delivered, I was so happy with it that I was ashamed to let it "live" in my gig bag, so I bought this case for it! Great case, perfect fit, good value! It hugs my little Blackbird and will protect it well.It's well-built and is just a real good-looking case too. Thanks again to Musician's Friend for having what I needed, when I wanted it and at the right price!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Case for My AJ-500M

        By Tim-u.0GX

        from Queensbury, NY

        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        This case is better than the photo. It has an archtop and 5 latches. The handle is leather-like and very comfortable. It seems to be sturdy enough for anything short of airline travel. The case fits my Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M like a glove. I bought this used for a nice savings from MF and it arrived in like new condition. I am very pleased with the purchase.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful Case!! Love It !!!

        By ferrignofan

        from Cookeville, TN

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        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        I bought this when I ordered my Epi Dove. It fits the guitar nice and snug,has plenty of plush lining and I like the gold Epiphone name and gold hardware. I just can't say enough good things about it. I also like that this company shipped my guitar in the case,well protected. THANKS!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My 1995 MIK PR-350 Loves it !

        By JeffO46

        from Woonsocket, R.I.

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        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        Just got it in today after ordering it on Saturday and it's a perfect fit, for my MIK 1995 ,Epiphone PR-350 . I couldn't be happier. Thanks Musician's Friend, well done !

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fits the 1963 Epiphone FT79 (Texan) perfectly.

        By Michael

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        I bought this case to protect my 1963 Epiphone FT79 (Texan). The guitar fits snugly in the case and I expect will do the job well. The latch hardware seems adequate. The reason I did not give this 5 stars is that the handle connection to the case was bent when I opened the box. Not enough reason to send it back but it was not perfect. Also the area provided for the headstock is apparently designed to fit other models (12 string, other manufacturers, etc.) and is larger than needed for my guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fits and protects my Hummingbird Pro

        By Rock n Roll

        from CA

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        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        Great interior and exterior. Fits my hummingbird pro. It is a little big. They make it were it can fit a longer guitar as well, but it fits, and keeps my guitar looking good.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great case!

        By Zachary

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

        A well made, very nice looking case. It fits my Epiphone Hummingbird Pro perfectly! Also there is plenty of room in the interior compartment for picks, tuners, etc.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice case

        By Nick

        from SPI Texas

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        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Solid

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Schleping

          Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

          Solid and attractive case - fits my EJ-160 like a glove. Smooth, not grainy, covering material - we'll see how it holds up, but my philosophy is a beat up case equals a pristine guitar, so I don't worry about it. Was an open returned item so there was some added value as well.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Satisfied with replacement case

          By Scotty G

          from Lima, OH

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            This was an exchange for an inferior guitar case. The service and understanding of the original case coming damaged was excellent. Totally happy. Thanks.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great value!

            By IanEric.com

            from Phoenix, AZ

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            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            What a gorgeous case. Bought along with an Epiphone Masterbilt DRM-500mce. The fit of the guitar is absolutely perfect (as it should be, I suppose). Barely snug, but not tight, and allows no movement of the guitar whatsoever. Very plush lining, and a nice, deep accessory compartment. Plus - just look at the thing. The brown/black contrast with gold hardware is really great to look at, and the padded handle is a nice upgrade as well.

            I am not sure about the vinyl covering in the long run for rough handling; it feels soft and a bit pliable, even though the case itself seems very sturdy. We will see how it holds up over the years being transported, but if you're concerned about a case getting scratched up (isn't that what it's for though?), perhaps a plastic case would be a better choice. I won't mind it getting dinged and scratched, so long as it doesn't start completely peeling away. Time will tell. Also, I don't think this is the case to hand over to airline baggage handlers. I wouldn't put any wood-based case in checked baggage anyway; I'd go with a poly case at the very least.

            Nonetheless, it's definitely a beautiful and strong case, and certainly a good value, considering branded cases can sell for twice this price and more. Getting a gorgeous Epiphone case for an Epiphone guitar for under a C-note is a no brainer.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth it!

            By RockwoodTN

            from Rockwood, TN

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            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Sturdy
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Travel

            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            You can buy a cheaper case, but it is worth a litte extra money to protect your guitar, while not looking cheap. I would buy this again.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Well made case

            By notslar

            from Kentucky

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            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Very strong case Plush

            Cons

            • Very heavy but good fit

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            I play in a country band and needed a case that I knew would protect my new Masterbilt DR-500-CME giotar. It is a prefect fit for a dreadnaught style guitar and very stong. Fairly expensive but worth every penny.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Review

            By Aven-3Nruz

            from KY

            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            Just received it today to go with my Ebony Epipone Hummingbird Acustoustic Guitar I bought earlier in the week. The lining though plush, and I loved the color, was misaligned and had a small bare spot where the body of the guitar goes. :( I also didn't care for the brown leather trim on the outside which in the picture above it is black. I just don't care much for brown. I guess it will do the trick though.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Whoa

            By Screwed

            from Hampton, VA

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            Comments about Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case:

            Well, I got this for free so I can't complain about the price. The case is solid, bout that simple. It's built to Gibson's standards so you know it's gonna take a beating. Epiphone is one of the best deals out there as far as guitar's. I am just as impressed with the quality of this case. For this price, you can't go wrong, keep your baby safe in style.

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