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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
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Good protection (12)
  • Stylish (9)
  • Easy to carry (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (10)
    • Travel (6)
    • Concerts (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Top Notch Luggage Style 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...Read complete review

    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.

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    Meh.

    Very disappointed with interior of case. Expected something more plush for the price. Short velour padding, which seems like it was shimmed in as an afterthought. Strong sharp incense odor that doesn't go...Read complete review

    Very disappointed with interior of case. Expected something more plush for the price. Short velour padding, which seems like it was shimmed in as an afterthought. Strong sharp incense odor that doesn't go away, even after left open for two weeks. Black covering on outer shell already pealing at seams. Otherwise solid. Like padded handle and ample interior storage area. Brass hardware is cool and seems solid. But really: Meh!

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    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.

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      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for...

      By Shell

      from Salyersville, KY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Carry
      • Good Protection
      • Sturdy
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

        I ordered this case for my Martin D35. It's a really good fit. I don't have to worry about my guitar in this case. Its a snug fit, so there is no moving around. Has a nice deep Storage box. I would recommend this to anyone.

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        4.0

        Nice Case!

        By Shelvis.

        from Ripley OK.

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        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Sturdy
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Everyday

          Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

          This case seems to be very sturdy and well made. Fits my martin HD-28 very well. I especially like the six latch top. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is this type of case will scuff more than the molded plastic.

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          1.0

          TKL quality has gone DOWNHILL

          By poorly made case by Gibson

          from Nashville, TN.

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                Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                These cases used to be top notch. TKL manufacturing quality has gone DOWNHILL. The binding around the case doesn't even snug around the corners and the foam inside is poorly glued. I would not buy these Martin/TKL cases.

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                5.0

                Very Sturdy Case

                By Martin Frog

                from Republic , Michigan

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                Pros

                • Good Protection
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                    Bought this case for my Martin Shenandoah which is for all intents a D35. The original case for this guitar was damaged by mold and had to be disposed of. The fit is a bit tight and it takes some pressure to put the guitar in or remove it. Maybe after time it will fit better. For now it has a safe home for transport but it never leaves the studio anyway.

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy enough to carry guitar safely!

                    By cmorey

                    from Granbury, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Carry
                    • Excellent case
                    • Good Protection
                    • Sturdy
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • For Om Style Guitar

                      Comments about Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                      Geib style case fits the Martin D45 dreadnought perfectly.

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                      5.0

                      Best friend for your Martin!

                      By Jimmyjuju

                      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.

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                      5.0

                      Painfully long overdue

                      By puff

                      from Michigan

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                      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!

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                        5.0

                        Worth It

                        By Capo Queen

                        from CA

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                        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.

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                          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.

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