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Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case

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The Martin 12C545 guitar case fits 14-fret dreadnought guitars. It features a deep textured exterior, 5-ply laminated wood shell, plush crushed velve...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Martin 12C545 guitar case fits 14-fret dreadnought guitars. It features a deep textured exterior, 5-ply laminated wood shell, plush crushed velvet interior in Cabernet color, padded/stitched leather handle, antique white stitching, brass plated hardware, and key lock.


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Martin12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case
 
4.5

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (25)
  • Good protection (24)
  • Stylish (19)
  • Easy to carry (6)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (19)
  • Travel (9)
  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The 545E Case Advantage

I bought this for my D-41 because it is has more room than the Martin 640 case that came with the guitar. It actually has room for strap, capo, tuner, spare...Read complete review

I bought this for my D-41 because it is has more room than the Martin 640 case that came with the guitar. It actually has room for strap, capo, tuner, spare strings, etc.. This particular aftermarket 545 case didn't have the same quality controls that the ones had that came with my Custom Shop D-28 and my D-45V; however, it is still a great case. Musician's Friend delivered faster than I thought possible, too. Great job y'all. Thanks!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would never knowingly buy a case made by the TKL company.

I didn't know this case was made by the TKL company. I had a TKL case that came with my Wildwood banjo, and I couldn't wait to get rid of it (the...Read complete review

I didn't know this case was made by the TKL company. I had a TKL case that came with my Wildwood banjo, and I couldn't wait to get rid of it (the case). The handle broke a couple weeks after I got it, and the padding inside feels cheap. Also, the compartment (on both the banjo and guitar cases) opens the wrong way - if it opens the proper way (like a case I had for my Gold Star banjo) you can rest the instrument on the compartment lid while you get your stuff out. This guitar case is of very poor quality - same as the TKL that came with my banjo - this one even worse because besides the cheap padding, the shell itself was not strong - I could push down on it. I returned it immediately. I'll also say that I was not happy that I had to pay the ninety d0llar shipping fee to send it back to Musician's Friend - the customer should not have to pay return shipping because an item is of poor quality.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best friend for your Martin!

By Jimmy J

from Way Up North

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Pros

  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy

Cons

  • Key Can Be Fussy

Best Uses

  • Everyday
  • Travel

Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

I have known all along that this case is an upgrade from the thermoplastic case supplied with Martin standard series guitars. But I was too lazy/cheap to order it, seeing as the one that came with my D-28 was serving the purpose. Horror stories abound, from friends that have had their precious Martins scarred and bit, when the standard "bear-trap" case (you know the one, with a metal edge surrounding it top and bottom) decided to suddenly close on their guitar. Well, forewarned is forearmed, so I figured that this would never happen to me, because I am careful! Just the other day at a crowded music jam, I was putting my prized D-28 away, and in a heartbeat I now have a hideous deep scratch across my guitar. No amount of crying or polishing would make it go away. So when I got home, I ordered new premium cases for my Martins. Sure, my guitars are bound to get more unavoidable dings and marks from using and enjoying them, but they are much happier now in their new Geib-style cases. These cases are much more rugged than the thermoplastic ones, and no where near as slippery. The interior fit is snug, and they have better quality latches. They are heavier, and the interior storage compartment is slightly more compact. This is a top quality case, and a premium guitar deserves protection. You won't be sorry.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch Luggage Style Case

By Glenn Lanford

from Barnesville, GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Travel

    Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

    The exterior tolex is flawless. The latches, hinges and feet are heavy duty. The "pleather" handle is tough and comfortable. The beautiful cabernet interior is plush and fits my D-28 like a glove. The archtop is particularly cool and gives it strength. The wood used is very sturdy and does not give. This case is a tad heavy, but I suppose that's a good thing. This case is the finest luggage style case I have ever owned.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worthy of the Martin moniker

    By jima9426

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Pros

    • Good Protection
    • Sturdy
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

      First I'm going to confess that this was a vanity purchase. I have several Martins, each with a Martin case, except a D-45 I inherited from my late father. He had kept it in a TKL 8815. I simply thought the D-45 deserved a Martin case of its own, but didn't expect this 545 case to be anything more than a high-end TKL with a Martin badge. And boy was I wrong. This case is superior in three significant ways.

      The first is fit and finish. The D-45 fits in this case as if the case were designed around the guitar. It seemed too snug at first, but after a couple weeks the guitar began to sink into the case, so to speak. Also the lid on this case forms a seal like a Tupperware container.

      The second is quality. From what I understand, this 545 case is 5-ply, but it has the sturdiness of a 7-ply case. And it seems to be holding humidity better than the TKL case did. It took less than 10 days to "season" it (in the middle of the winter) and the Boveda packs seem to be holding their moisture content longer than they did in the TLK case.

      The third is appointments. Everything—from the stitching, the cover, the hardware, the padded handle, the accessories compartment, the interior lining, to the dual neck support—feels superior to the TLK case. When I first opened it, I honestly thought this case is appointed like a high-end coffin.

      Now I must admit that from time to time I'm prone to hyperbole. But in this case, I'm not overstating my impression of this case. In fact, I wouldn't be overstating it by saying I'm almost as careful not to mar or scuff this case as I am the guitar it holds. I waited a few months for the "newness" factor to fade, and I'm still as impressed with this case as the day I first nestled my father's old D-45 inside it.

      So if you think your prized Martin deserves a case commensurate with your esteem for it, then buy this case. Your vanity won't suffer even if your wallet does.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The 545E Case Advantage

      By JT

      from Evans, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Sturdy
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Travel

        Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

        I bought this for my D-41 because it is has more room than the Martin 640 case that came with the guitar. It actually has room for strap, capo, tuner, spare strings, etc.. This particular aftermarket 545 case didn't have the same quality controls that the ones had that came with my Custom Shop D-28 and my D-45V; however, it is still a great case. Musician's Friend delivered faster than I thought possible, too. Great job y'all. Thanks!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Painfully long overdue

        By puff

        from Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Sturdy
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Everyday
          • Practicing
          • Travel

          Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

          I'm truly embarrassed that it took me so many years to realize that this is the case that should have been provided with my Martin D76 (Bicentennial Edition - basically a D35). My 'vintage' baby now resides in a case that it has long needed and deserved. Oh well, better late than never. Very nice case, good price and excellent service from Musician's Friend. Thank you!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very High Quality Case

          By Kingery

          from Springfield, MO

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          Pros

          • Good Protection
          • Heavy-duty Latches
          • Snug Fit
          • Sturdy
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Everyday
            • Travel

            Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            This is the best case I have, and a few Martin owners I play with have commented about how much nicer it is than their standard Martin cases. Side-by-side, there's no comparison. The contrast stitching, burgangy interior, and Geib-style top are absolutely beautiful. The case is heavy, but I didn't list that as a cob because I expect that from a high-quality acoustic guitar case. I feel like a could lay this thing flat on the floor with my Martin inside, and stand on top of it without any fears that I might fall through--it's that sturdy. The hinges are very high quality, much heavier than those on more standard hard cases, and they always match up when closing the case, which always annoys me about cheaper cases. I humidify my guitar, and this case traps in the humidity from my humidifier very well, keeping the inside of the case around 45-50% easily. The fit on my Martin dreadnought is snug, just like you need it to be, and my Hohner HG-930 Arbor Series dread fits well, too. I would recommend this to dread players who want to protect their investment in style. Beautiful high-quality case that gets the job done.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            HD28 Geib Style Case

            By Budha

            from Tennessee

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Sturdy
            • This Is A Martin 545 Case

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Travel

            Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            Martin 545 Geib style case by TKL at a great price. I bought this for my HD28. Replaced the Martin thermoplastic case with this case. I am very pleased with the quality and price

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A case for the Precious

            By Stzomah

            from South Jersey

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            Pros

            • Plush
            • Tank

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Extreme Protection

              Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

              If you own a Martin and still have it in the thermoplastic case, shame on you! I don't know about you but owning a Martin guitar is a life achievement and I would want the best case for "The Precious". This case has 6 clasps and built like a plywood tank. It has an arched top to provide great top crush protection. The plush padding is snug so it takes a little push to seat the body inside! No aluminum surround to CLAW the precious when the lid flops closed like the plastic case. The case must weigh about 30 pounds and has a high quality padded handle. This is the 500 series TKL Gieb (sounds like tribe) classic case of lore! It is one high quality original Martin equipment case. At MF this case is about half the price as elsewhere! Wait till they have a sale and man, it's a steal! If you like the plastic (bear trap) case, keep an eye on eBay, mine will be for sale soon!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Martin 12C545 case

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

              I own a few of these cases and the quality is excellent. A big consideration for me is that they are made right here in the U.S.A.!!!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fits D45 Nicely

              By Arkansas Picker

              from Sherwood, Ar.

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              Pros

              • Good Protection
              • Sturdy
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                  Better than the thermo-plastic IMO...however
                  Velour lining is not very plush for the price.
                  Also, the interior smells like a PLA DOH factory that has no ventilation. In other words, it smells strong and horrible.
                  After 10 days of leaving it open in a room with an ozone generator, it's starting to diminish most of the offensive smell. Without the OZONE, IT made the whole den area of my house reek!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By constant learner

                  from New York

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Good Protection
                  • Sturdy
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                      Wow this case is such an upgrade. I have a 2000 Martin D28 which came with a hard shell case that had 3 latches (never had a tight close). The glue started seeping out from under the felt so it was time for an upgrade. This thing is solid. My D28 fits snugly and perfectly. I love the six latches it has and their placement. It closes firmly and has a great seal so the humidity stays at the right level. I love how plush it is on the inside and roomy top to bottom.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Case, Perfect fit

                      By Klusie

                      from Winter Haven, FL

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                      Pros

                      • Fits Dred Martin Perfect
                      • Good Protection
                      • Great Padded Handle
                      • Sturdy
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday
                        • For Anything Everything

                        Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                        I purchased this case as a replacement for the case that came with my Martin SPD-16R. The new case fits the guitar very well (much better than the origional) and the quality is exceptional. The burgandy color plush interior has very good padding. The 6 latches are nicely plated. Close the lid and the latches line up, close each latch and the over-center latch action is just right resulting in the lid seal to the body that will retain humidity from my humidifier. The fit and finish of this case is exceptional. Overall this case is far superior to the original.
                        Musician's Friend has a great price on this case and, the service and "follow through" is truly the BEST...I had contact with three Musician's Friends Reps and each was very helpful and knowledgeable and thanks to them I made the right choice....

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Super quality case/excellent service

                        By MartinGuy

                        from Nashville TN

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Handle
                        • Easy To Carry
                        • Fits My Martin Perfectly
                        • Good Protection
                        • Retro Style
                        • Sturdy
                        • Sturdy Protection
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday

                          Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                          Living here in Nashville, one would expect this case to be readily available at some music store. Such was not the case (no pun intended). After checking with these various stores on the cost of ordering one in, I found all of the prices to be very inflated. I decided to check Musician's Friend on-line, and not only found this particular case that I was looking for, but also found their price to be the best, hands-down. The free shipping was an added treat. My case arrived in less than 3 days at my doorstep. I'm very happy with Musician's Friend's service, and highly recommend this product for your dreadnaught Martin.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great...except

                          By Jepster53

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Protection
                          • Great Fit For My Hd28
                          • Sturdy
                          • Stylish
                          • This Case Is Good Looking

                          Cons

                          • What's With The Smell

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                          I like so much about this case. It's better looking than the molded plastic case that came with my Martin. The fit is fantastic. I can fit my strap, picks, capo, and polishing cloth in the case. I can put the guitar in with the tuner attached. What's with the smell. Like a cheap dashboard air freshener. I've had it sitting in the sun. Tried sprays. Nothing works. I love the smell of a Martin, and this odor is ruining it, clinging to everything. Why doesn't the manufacturer take care of this...it's so unprofessional.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Worth It

                          By Capo Queen

                          from CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Good Protection
                          • Sturdy
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Everyday
                            • Practicing
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                            I bought this case for my Martin D-41. It is so much better than the 640 Martin case it came with. My only complaint about Martin is that their high-end guitars do not come with cases that are commensurate with the quality of the guitar. This is the case my D-41 needed. It's sturdy, it seals well so it will better protect it from the environment, and it looks great too. I'm very happy with it.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Case

                            By XRJVAN

                            from Pleasant Hill, CA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Protection
                            • Sturdy
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday

                              Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                              I purchased this case as a replacement for the case that came with my Martin D-16RGT. The new case fits the guitar very well and the quality is exceptional. The Cabernet color plush interior has very good padding. The 6 latches are brass plated and the hinges have a cloth cover on the inside preventing scratches. There is a key lock on the center latch and there is a Martin badge near the handle. Overall this case is far superior to the original D-16 case.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Martin Geib Case

                              By bluemoonofky

                              from Kentucky

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                              Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                              Best guitar case I have ever owned
                              Bought to replace an older Martin case with green crushed velvet interior. I had bought a 12 fret D18VS and the case it came with had seen better days
                              Made in the USA
                              Less expensive than other vendors

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Case

                              By Jim Miller

                              from Hooksett, NH

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                                  The case that came with my Martin D 41 was an adequate case, however, I consider the guitar to be a superior instrument. This case better represents the professional and artistic quality of the guitar far beyond the thermoplastic that I originally had.

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  I would never knowingly buy a case made by the TKL company.

                                  By Lee

                                  from Carson City, Nevada

                                  About Me Professional Musician

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Quality

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                                      I didn't know this case was made by the TKL company. I had a TKL case that came with my Wildwood banjo, and I couldn't wait to get rid of it (the case). The handle broke a couple weeks after I got it, and the padding inside feels cheap. Also, the compartment (on both the banjo and guitar cases) opens the wrong way - if it opens the proper way (like a case I had for my Gold Star banjo) you can rest the instrument on the compartment lid while you get your stuff out. This guitar case is of very poor quality - same as the TKL that came with my banjo - this one even worse because besides the cheap padding, the shell itself was not strong - I could push down on it. I returned it immediately. I'll also say that I was not happy that I had to pay the ninety d0llar shipping fee to send it back to Musician's Friend - the customer should not have to pay return shipping because an item is of poor quality.

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Recommend With One Reservation

                                      By DAVID

                                      from Pennsylvania

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Functional
                                      • Good Quality
                                      • Great Fit For My Martin D 35

                                      Cons

                                      • Strong Industrial Odor

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Protection For Your Instrument

                                      Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                                      The case construction met expectations. Prior to ordering, I read the reviews, both pro and con. The post concerning the odor are true. Not sure where it's coming from–– but it's there. For this reason, I rate this item 4 out-of 5 stars. I would recommend this case due to it's great construction–– just be prepared to air it out.

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