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Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case  Black 

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The Gator GWE-Dread-12 Hardshell Archtop Guitar Case protects a dreadnought 12-string guitar from the rigors of the road. Features rugged 5-ply cross...Read More

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A road ready hardshell case for a price that won't break the bank.

The Gator GWE-Dread-12 Hardshell Archtop Guitar Case protects a dreadnought 12-string guitar from the rigors of the road. Features rugged 5-ply cross-grain plywood construction with Tolex PVC covering, attractive contrast stitching, comfortable matching handle, metal feet on the bottom and side, plush padded interior with accessory compartment, and locking latches for security.

FEATURES
  • Fits dreadnought 12-string guitars
  • 5-ply cross-grain plywood construction with Tolex PVC covering
  • Leather-like caps with white stitching
  • Ergonomic matching handle
  • Bottom & side metal feet
  • Plush padded interior with accessory compartment

A well-built, great-looking case for a great low price. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case

  • Body Lower Bout Width: 16.5"
    Body Middle Bout Width: 11.75"
    Body Upper Bout Width: 12"
    Body Total Length: 22.25"
    Headstock Width: 4.5"
    Headstock Length: 10"
    Total Length: 43"
    Bottom Body Height: 5.5"
    Top Body Height: 3"
    Headstock Start Height: 5.5"
    Headstock End Height: 5.5"
    Exterior: 44" x 17.5" x 7"
    Weight: 9 lbs.
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GatorGWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (11)
  • Good protection (10)
  • Easy to carry (5)
  • Stylish (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (6)
  • Travel (5)
  • Concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Decent case...but not exceptional

This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end...Read complete review

This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end of the case is plenty long enough to fit the extra length head stocks commonly seen on 12 string guitars.

Concert sized 12 strings...which are common...have a little bit too much wiggle room and you'll need to pad the sides a little if you want a to keep your concert from moving around inside the case.

A Dreadnaught body would fit just about right, which is what Gator says.

The interior of the case is soft and covered with
a furry fabric--but it's not especially padded, so you'll want to have a good snug fit or your guitar will bang around some in the case.

The interior "cubby hole" is a bit smaller than I would have liked. You can store a couple sets of strings, a neck wrench and a capo in it...but I'm pretty sure most guitar straps wouldn't fit. In addition, the hinge on the cubby hole cover is just flimsy fabric so don't expect a lot of strength if you try to jam extra do-dads in to the cubby.

On the plus side the gator case appears to be strong and very sturdy. You could probably step on the thing and it would hold up and not crush your guitar. But the snap locks are of marginal quality and don't line up perfectly...at least on my case. They work fine if you wiggle the top a bit to the side to get them to line up. This isn't a big deal....but it would be nice if they lined up just right each time you closed the case.

Perhaps I'm being a bit picky, but the cases that came with my Breedlove Guitars for instance are twice the quality of this Gator case...however, also more than twice the cost if you tried to buy them separately.

So what's the bottom line? Well, this Gator case is a decent case and a good value for it's cost. Just don't think it will compare to the factory case that comes with your better quality Breedlove, Martin or Taylor, because it won't. But for the money it's not a bad buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as the pictures and advertising show.

Obviously, I do not rate this case very highly.
As noted, it lacks storage capacity for accessories except for the minimum. So if you buy this case for your instrument, count on...Read complete review

Obviously, I do not rate this case very highly.
As noted, it lacks storage capacity for accessories except for the minimum. So if you buy this case for your instrument, count on having to carry a separate case for things like a tuner, spare picks, music, guitar polish, string cleaner.
In addition, the quality of construction is very poor. Due to excessive humidity here in the midwest, the plies are beginning to separate and warp. Showing the materials used by gator to manufacture this case are not high quality. I had a hardshell (plywood construction) case from another manufacturer for another guitar that never wore out in the 10 years I owned it. I've had this one for less than four months and it's falling apart already.
Gator will not honor the warranty--they claim that because the case is falling apart due to the extreme humidity we have experienced this spring in the midwest and it is not a manufacturing defect.
So I have to buy a new case to replace one that was purchased new less than six months ago.
You can bet a year's income I will never be purchasing another product made by gator.
It lacks storage space for accessories. by the time you put a capo and a spare set of strings in the little compartment--it's full.
The quality is poor. The product description claims that it is constructed from 5-ply plywood. That is not true. The construction is 3-ply to reduce the weight and the core wood is something called "luan," which, according to woodworking manuals, is a very cheap grade of mahogany grown in the Philippines which has about as much durability as balsa wood. Unless epoxied and sealed, the plies can separate and warp.
Given the lack of features and poor quality of construction, this is a terrible value for the money.

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5.0

Fit my Taylor 150e 12 string acoustic guitar perfect

By Shane

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

Fit my Taylor 150e 12 string acoustic guitar perfect

 
4.0

More Protection For Less

By Steevo

from Los Angeles, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

    Overall great value and quality. I would only like a little tighter fit, but it's otherwise very good.

     
    5.0

    Great hard shell case at a great price!

    By T² Guitars

    from Birmingham Alabama

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Protection
    • Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Travel

      Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

      My 12 String Dreadnought fit in this case perfectly. The interior has plenty of padding, a soft velvet like material. I found the interior storage compartment to be average sized and what I have come to expect in a high quality case. Time will tell the durability of the exterior, but out of the box, it appears to be of good quality and workmanship. The latches work and fit well. I an very pleased with my purchase. At the sale price I paid it was more than a bargain, it was a steal!

       
      5.0

      Experience with product

      By Bariman

      from New Orleans La

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • It Is A Little Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

      I bought this for my Epiphone 12 string and it fits it to the tee.

      The moment I placed my acoustic in it fit like it was custom made for it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Decent case...but not exceptional

      By flyguy

      from Cody, WY

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      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • Not Especially Well Made

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

        This Gator Case has some good qualities. It's a good size to fit nearly all 12 string guitars...with the possible exception that a Jumbo sized body would not fit. The upper end of the case is plenty long enough to fit the extra length head stocks commonly seen on 12 string guitars.

        Concert sized 12 strings...which are common...have a little bit too much wiggle room and you'll need to pad the sides a little if you want a to keep your concert from moving around inside the case.

        A Dreadnaught body would fit just about right, which is what Gator says.

        The interior of the case is soft and covered with
        a furry fabric--but it's not especially padded, so you'll want to have a good snug fit or your guitar will bang around some in the case.

        The interior "cubby hole" is a bit smaller than I would have liked. You can store a couple sets of strings, a neck wrench and a capo in it...but I'm pretty sure most guitar straps wouldn't fit. In addition, the hinge on the cubby hole cover is just flimsy fabric so don't expect a lot of strength if you try to jam extra do-dads in to the cubby.

        On the plus side the gator case appears to be strong and very sturdy. You could probably step on the thing and it would hold up and not crush your guitar. But the snap locks are of marginal quality and don't line up perfectly...at least on my case. They work fine if you wiggle the top a bit to the side to get them to line up. This isn't a big deal....but it would be nice if they lined up just right each time you closed the case.

        Perhaps I'm being a bit picky, but the cases that came with my Breedlove Guitars for instance are twice the quality of this Gator case...however, also more than twice the cost if you tried to buy them separately.

        So what's the bottom line? Well, this Gator case is a decent case and a good value for it's cost. Just don't think it will compare to the factory case that comes with your better quality Breedlove, Martin or Taylor, because it won't. But for the money it's not a bad buy.

         
        5.0

        Nice case

        By Paul

        from Houston TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Sturdy
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

          Nice case, sturdy, fits my dreadnought seagull 12 string well enough.

           
          4.0

          It is a good case for the money

          By Rob

          from undisclosed

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

          It is a good case for my Michael Kelly Series 50 12 String Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Not a "perfect" fit, but it does the job, and there is only a little bit of slop, and plenty of lining to cushion the guitar.

           
          4.0

          works for me

          By ujd213

          from bakersfield, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Protection
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

              bought this case as a gift for a friend. i like GATOR products. the case is pretty sturdy and i think it will be good protection for her Martin 12 string. nice semi-plush interior and the latches feel strong and secure.
              that said, i wouldn't imagine that it could take much 'on the road' abuse. but, for storing at home, or going around town, not bad at all.

               
              5.0

              Great case!

              By Frosty

              from Clovis, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Carry
              • Good Protection
              • Sturdy
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Everyday
                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

                Bought this for my old 12-string. Getting ready to use it more often, and needed some protection. I had an old gig bag, and it was to short for the guitar...very snug! Needed to get something that fits, and this was perfect!

                 
                4.0

                Good Quality Case

                By Golf'n'guitars

                from Decatur, Alabama

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Carry
                • Good Protection
                • Solid Build
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Gator GWE-DREAD 12 Hardshell Dreadnougtht /12 Guitar Case:

                  Great case for the money. My new Martin 12-string is a little sloppy in it but a cleaning cloth tightens it up. I'm happy with it.

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