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This SKB Deluxe Guitar case fits dreadnought and 12-string guitars and features a contoured arched lid that will fit knobs on electric models. Design...Click To Read More About This Product

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Universal case with TSA approved latches

This SKB Deluxe Guitar case fits dreadnought and 12-string guitars and features a contoured arched lid that will fit knobs on electric models. Designed with fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latches with a TSA recognized and accepted locking latch and a comfortable, cushioned rubber over-molded handle. Molded-in bumpers provide valance protection. SKB universal case protects your guitar with a deluxe heavy-duty plush interior.

FEATURES
New fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system.      
TSA recognized and accepted locks
Bumper protected valance
Indestructible cushioned rubber over-molded handle
Full length neck support
Rigid EPS foam interiors to keep guitar from slipping
Injection molded feet
Accessories compartment

Dimensions:
Overall body length: 43"
Body Length: 21.25"
Body Depth: 5.5"
Body Lower bout: 16.5"
Body Upper bout: 12"
Weight: 9 lbs

Keep your guitar safe from the usual suspects and airport security inspectors as well.

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SKBDeluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case
 
4.3

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Easy to carry (5)
  • Good protection (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (5)
  • Travel (5)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Nice Case

If I were at a level where "other people" were handling my gear - throwing it into trucks and stuff - of course I would have an anvil flight case for...Read complete review

If I were at a level where "other people" were handling my gear - throwing it into trucks and stuff - of course I would have an anvil flight case for everything. But - I think this is a pretty nice case for the "rest of us". I really don't have any problem with it - good SKB construction.

I read other reviews where people were dis-satisfied with the latches - and they are some kind of plastic (although I bet it's a good kind of plastic)- and they do sort of "stick out" - and it would be nice if they were somehow "recessed" - but - that would affect certainly the size of the case - the weight of the case (heavier) - and also the cost of the case - I suppose.

I AM going to try to remember to close my case when the guitar is not in it - and keep the latches "latched" so they don't get banged and bust off - so I guess that's a good "head's up" from someone.

I also have a SKB case for my mixer - and it uses those same latches - I've had it for a few years now - and never had an issue - but the mixer case (while the latches are not actually recessed) - does have some "contours" that would serve to protect the latches somewhat.

I don't know. When I'm loading the van for a "gig" - I have to load probably 40 different pieces of gear - all the powered speakers - the mixer - guitars - drums - bags and bags of cords - lights blah blah blah - it does become a bit of a chore. I try to be as gentle as possible - but stuff does end up just sort of getting chunked in there (everything in it's place - of course). I'm not worried about it - this case will be great - and will give adequate protection - I am sure.

My last case was NOT a SKB - but it WAS made from similiar materials - and it lasted like 20 years. Good enough. I would say this case is better constructed than that case was.

I looked at custom flight cases - but they were like "expensive". My accountant said "um - I don't think so". This case will be fine.

My guitar is a Yamaha LL6 - (just a regular dreadnaught body) - and it "fits" the case fine!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Case... Weak Plastic Latches

This is a great case all around. You can tell that great thought has been put into this case at every detail except for one thing... the latches. They look great and...Read complete review

This is a great case all around. You can tell that great thought has been put into this case at every detail except for one thing... the latches. They look great and are smooth, BUT be careful you don't leave it open and accidentally hit the end of it! Because it is so long (1.5-2 inches) and it's plastic, any impact on the end of an open latch (even slight) will cause it to break off the case. I did that with minimal impact and it cracked. The latches are made to be replaced, but you'll have to bend the foam back to gain access to the screws and the case will never be quite the same again. I wish I would have saved the money and bought the economy model. Since I keep my guitar in its case when I'm not playing it, I open and close the latches A LOT so the latches are important. Everything else about the case is so well thought out except for these plastic latches that don't seem built to last. If this case had smaller metal latches, it would be the "perfect case."

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Nice Case

By Steve Robert

from Muncie, IN

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Carry
  • Good Protection
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Everyday
    • Practicing
    • Travel

    Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

    If I were at a level where "other people" were handling my gear - throwing it into trucks and stuff - of course I would have an anvil flight case for everything. But - I think this is a pretty nice case for the "rest of us". I really don't have any problem with it - good SKB construction.

    I read other reviews where people were dis-satisfied with the latches - and they are some kind of plastic (although I bet it's a good kind of plastic)- and they do sort of "stick out" - and it would be nice if they were somehow "recessed" - but - that would affect certainly the size of the case - the weight of the case (heavier) - and also the cost of the case - I suppose.

    I AM going to try to remember to close my case when the guitar is not in it - and keep the latches "latched" so they don't get banged and bust off - so I guess that's a good "head's up" from someone.

    I also have a SKB case for my mixer - and it uses those same latches - I've had it for a few years now - and never had an issue - but the mixer case (while the latches are not actually recessed) - does have some "contours" that would serve to protect the latches somewhat.

    I don't know. When I'm loading the van for a "gig" - I have to load probably 40 different pieces of gear - all the powered speakers - the mixer - guitars - drums - bags and bags of cords - lights blah blah blah - it does become a bit of a chore. I try to be as gentle as possible - but stuff does end up just sort of getting chunked in there (everything in it's place - of course). I'm not worried about it - this case will be great - and will give adequate protection - I am sure.

    My last case was NOT a SKB - but it WAS made from similiar materials - and it lasted like 20 years. Good enough. I would say this case is better constructed than that case was.

    I looked at custom flight cases - but they were like "expensive". My accountant said "um - I don't think so". This case will be fine.

    My guitar is a Yamaha LL6 - (just a regular dreadnaught body) - and it "fits" the case fine!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Model number should be in description

    By crawford69

    from McRae, Arkansas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

        I would give the case five stars if not for this one reason. This case was purchased as a gift that was specifically requested by the person it is being given to. It was requested because of the quality of the brand. I was searching for a case that would fit a specific guitar. The description on the Musician's Friend website made it VERY difficult to know if this was the exact case I was looking for. The description did NOT give the model number, and the measurements were a little different than the ones on the SKB website. After chatting with two different customer service representatives and going through the case finder, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase the case. When the case was delivered, what did I find on the box? The model number that I needed to know but no one could tell me. The model number 1-SKB18 should definitely be on the Musician's Friend website.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SKB just earned my business forever.

        By loyaltoSKB

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Carry
        • Good Protection
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Everyday
          • Practicing
          • Travel

          Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

          I've bought this case back in 2006 and it's the only acoustic case I use. I transport my guitar in it to practice, to shows, even across the country multiple times. You could say I'm a credible source.

          Back in 2006, I was attracted by SKB's very confident lifetime warranty. What ultimately sold me was an SKB review I read in which a guy had his bass in an SKB on a trailer. While driving, the guitar fell onto the road and was run over. The case was destroyed, but the guitar was completely fine. Sure, that story seemed like a stretch, but it sold me. Since then, I bought two more SKB cases for other guitars.

          Fast forward to 2014 as I write this. I just took my acoustic on a weekend trip to the beach in my 8-year-old SKB case. I've known for 8 years this thing is a tank. Well, how about water damage? Long story short, I took my guitar to the beach, forgot about it, and the tide rose. My case, guitar inside, was floating in the salt water, the wake crashing over it. No doubt in my mind - my guitar was murdered. I brought it to shore, opened it, and to my shock, the only water that was inside the case were the drips from opening it.

          If 8 years and 3 SKB cases wasn't enough to convince me, I am certain now. I am so grateful I made this purchase, and will continue to do so. Do yourself a favor and never buy a case that isn't SKB.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Well worth the price Tag

          By Roby 24-7

          from LI, New York

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Protection
          • Sturdy
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Travel

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            As the Musical Director of "The Stone House Band" I purchased a vintage Fender 12 string to further diversify the sound of our band and I couldn't be more satisfied with the fit and protection this case provided to my investment. The amount of travel involved in just getting to rehearsals and possible exposure to risk of constant loading in and out of studios has been has been reduced to zero in my opinion as this case more than exceeded my expectations

            (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not Made in USA

            By Community User

            from Texas

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            not sure yet
            I just ordered this case for my son's Martin & it should be fine, although he has his guitar at college. I will see him this weekend & we will find out. It arrived in just 3 days with free shipping & seems to be sturdy. The bummer is that it is NOT made in USA ?! The online pics clearly show a USA label & although SKB is based in California, this case is made in China - bummer. American jobs at stake, c'mon people !!!! We will wait to see how it fits the Martin before deciding to keep it or not. Some other reviews say it tends to be a little too roomy. But the price was right & Musicians Friend is always good to order from.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Buy!

            By Rashad Alston

            from NC

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            This is a great case for a great price. Musician's Friend has the cheapest price for this case of anyone I saw on the web. The TSA locks are "amazing", I don't have to worry about some of the latches "accidentally" coming open. The case is large,sturdy, and strong, yet not too heavy. It fits my Martin 0001XEA (sp) perfectly! The interior is nice, soft, and is great on the acoustic guitar. If this case broke (which I don't see that ever happening) I would definitely replace it. Musician's Friend had it shipped within 24 hours and it even came a day earlier than expected. If you're thinking about getting this case, don't think, just BUY IT! You won't regret it. -happy playing

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Great Case... Weak Plastic Latches

            By bnr

            from Los Angeles, CA

            See all my reviews

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            This is a great case all around. You can tell that great thought has been put into this case at every detail except for one thing... the latches. They look great and are smooth, BUT be careful you don't leave it open and accidentally hit the end of it! Because it is so long (1.5-2 inches) and it's plastic, any impact on the end of an open latch (even slight) will cause it to break off the case. I did that with minimal impact and it cracked. The latches are made to be replaced, but you'll have to bend the foam back to gain access to the screws and the case will never be quite the same again. I wish I would have saved the money and bought the economy model. Since I keep my guitar in its case when I'm not playing it, I open and close the latches A LOT so the latches are important. Everything else about the case is so well thought out except for these plastic latches that don't seem built to last. If this case had smaller metal latches, it would be the "perfect case."

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            oversized

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            i just got my skb case was supprised !! none of my guitars will fit in the case ,it is to big for the guitars there is at best one inch space around every guitar i have tried to get to fit in it

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm getting another one

            By TyGirl

            from Alaska

            See all my reviews

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            I recieved this case as a Christmas gift a few years ago. Two weeks after I got it, an 18-year-old in my youth group jumped over a couch and landed on it. I've had people fall on it and smash it into things, and airlines throw it around, and it still doesn't have any dents in it. I love how durable it is without being too heavy. I definitly recommend it for anyone who wants to protect their instrument with the best.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This Case Gets it Done

            By SixStringSlinger-S_hIx

            from Midwest

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            I just returned from a trip to Padre Island were i played a beach wedding...four plane rides and no damage whatsoever, not even a scratch... granted since i traveled american airlines, they have a policy that allows musical instruments as your carry-on. two of the flights i was able to put my guitar in the captains closet, but the other two smaller planes i had to gate check it. i was nervouse because it still gets thrown around but the case and guitar made it like a champ, plus i got some looks from other travelers becuase this case looks professional all the way. great case and a great price

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Case!

            By Ben Ferguson

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            If you are looking for a 'go anywhere, do anything' guitar case then this is the one for you. Totally satisfied with the quality of this thing. Guitar fits great. I love the latches. I'll feel totally comfortable riding back and forth to gigs or even handing my guitar over at the airport. Highly recommend!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Returning this case

            By JupiterJones

            from Florida

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            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            The case is fine except that the lid is warped or misshaped so that there is a quarter-inch gap between the lid and body along the bottom edge. I can see right into the case when it is latched closed. I'm sending it back.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Fabulous Case For any Guitar!

            By Heaperz

            from Reno, Nevada

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Travel

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            The SKB case is the overall best guitar case
            availabe on the market.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A step above the economy case

            By J blues

            from FL

            See all my reviews

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            I own 4 SKB cases now, 2 economy and 2 deluxe for different types of guitars and they are heads above the other brands of cases I own. I always look at SKB's first then others but usually end up back at SKB's.
            Good case for that extra level of protection and for piece of mind that your guitar will be the same when you take it out as when you put it in.
            TSA locks, heavier gauge handle and plastic shell, same plush green interior
            SKB - 'nuff said
            A little pricey but for higher end guitars or road warriors its worth it. I have looked around and could not find a better price for this same case at this time.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great case!

            By characterzer0

            from Fort Wayne Indiana

            See all my reviews

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            This is a very well made case. Plenty of room inside and keeps the guitar very safe. My only complaint, and only reason for giving it less than a 5.0 is that the lock is very cheap. It comes with two keys, but only one of them worked with my lock. With the working key, it was still very difficult to lock/unlock. Still, this is a very little factor and I honestly doubt I will ever have a need to lock the case. I would recommend this case to anyone.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Case

            By Jason Lester

            from Amarillo, TX

            See all my reviews

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            I have several guitar cases, but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. The latches are wonderful and the inside is just great. I travel weekly and needed a more durable case than what my marin, seagull, and taylor came with. I highly recommend this case for anyone who travels with their guitars a lot.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER

            By Keith-ST8oL

            from West Coast Florida

            Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

            I had a bad experience with another case manufacturer and began to seriously look at SKB. I had gone for price and got stung by the other guy. I called the company and was connected with the National Sales Manager who talked to me and answered all my questions.Add this type of customer service to a great product and you have a great deal that won't leave you hanging.This case is great, the customer service is great. Very highly recommended.

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Cases!

            By Steve

            from New Mexico

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Solid Handle
            • TSA Locks

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                I've owned a ton of cases over the years, and there is one case company that has proven that they are the best cases in the business. SKB knows how to build solid cases. I have two of these cases, two different i-series cases, and several others by SKB. I've also owned several cases from their competition, and have flown extensively overseas with both... my SKB cases are still going strong, the others... well, they are long gone with the garbage man. SKB customer service is first rate.

                Secondly, I personally saw an SKB case that had been through a house fire. The outside was bubbled and messed up, but upon opening the case, the guitar didn't even smell like smoke. Great stuff, SKB!

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Case!

                By Steve

                from New Mexico

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                    No one makes better instrument cases than SKB. I have one of their i-series cases for travel, but I would have no problem taking this case as a checked bag on a plane. Great latches, TSA locks, heavy duty construction. Just great!

                    Also like the green interior. Looks very nice. Would recommend this case, for sure. Worth the extra money.

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect just perfect

                    By Elvis

                    from Tennessee

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about SKB Deluxe Universal Dreadnought Guitar Case:

                      This case is great in every way. Much better than I expected.

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