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SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars

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The SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type guitars is a distinctively shaped case designed to fit "pointy style" guitars such as...Click To Read More About This Product

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The SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type guitars is a distinctively shaped case designed to fit "pointy style" guitars such as F-birds (including models with "banjo" style tuners), Exp's, Jackson Kelly, Jackson Warrior models, and more. This unique SKB case features a plush black lining over a molded EPS foam interior to cradle your guitar and provide neck support with a convenient accessory compartment.

The exterior is constructed of a nearly indestructible molded ABS polymer that has been engineered to provide the ultimate protection during transport with TSA recognized and accepted SKB trigger release latching system which allows the user to lock the case and still have it inspected by airline security personnel.

Additional features include a nearly indestructible injection molded rubber over-molded cushioned carrying handle with injection-molded feet and a bumper protected valance.

FEATURES
Distinctively shaped hardcase protection
Fiberglass reinforced nylon trigger release latching system
TSA-recognized and accepted lock
Bumper protected valance
Plush foam interior
Convenient accessory compartment

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Weight: 7.3 lb. (3.3112 kg)
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SKBHardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (8)
  • Good protection (8)
  • Easy to carry (7)
  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Travel (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Everyday (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

nice case

This is a very nice case. It's built to take whatever abuse you have. I bought it over the Epiphone case because most of the guitars I own are either Firebirds or similar...Read complete review

This is a very nice case. It's built to take whatever abuse you have. I bought it over the Epiphone case because most of the guitars I own are either Firebirds or similar guitars. It fits my Gibson neck-thru Firebird V and the Epiphone set-neck Firebird Studio with a Bigsby B5 wonderfully. I also have a bolt-on neck Epiphone Firebird (Slasher) and a bolt-on Explorer copy (an old Hondo) that do not fit as the neck joint does not sit right in the case. I also have a set-neck Gibson RD Standard that does not fit due to the lower horn shape (although it looks similar to a Firebird). The case could be modified to fit these guitars. So overall, the case is GREAT for Gibson Firebird/Explorer (just like it says) and that's about it.

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Poor fit got a Firebird

This case doesn't fit a Firebird. The body section is too deep, thus if the neck is supported then there is a 1" space between the body and the case.... You...Read complete review

This case doesn't fit a Firebird. The body section is too deep, thus if the neck is supported then there is a 1" space between the body and the case.... You would need to buy 1" foam to cut and lay in the case, then put the Firebird on the foam to get support on the body and neck...... Poor poor design.....

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For my Charvel Desolation Star

By Tim

from KY

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Pros

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

Cons

  • No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Everyday
  • Practicing
  • Travel

Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

Made for a Explore, made for the Charvel star.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor fit got a Firebird

By Lanesuzza

from Phoenix

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      This case doesn't fit a Firebird. The body section is too deep, thus if the neck is supported then there is a 1" space between the body and the case.... You would need to buy 1" foam to cut and lay in the case, then put the Firebird on the foam to get support on the body and neck...... Poor poor design.....

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great case, but not for me...

      By SoonToBeCaseMaker

      from Indiana

      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      This case is top of the line. But, CAUTION: THIS CASE DOES NOT FIT A MOCKINGBIRD. I thought I would give it a try, and it is really close, but the neck portion of the cradle is too long for the BC Rich Mockingbird, and consequently the lid won

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      nice case

      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      This is a very nice case. It's built to take whatever abuse you have. I bought it over the Epiphone case because most of the guitars I own are either Firebirds or similar guitars. It fits my Gibson neck-thru Firebird V and the Epiphone set-neck Firebird Studio with a Bigsby B5 wonderfully. I also have a bolt-on neck Epiphone Firebird (Slasher) and a bolt-on Explorer copy (an old Hondo) that do not fit as the neck joint does not sit right in the case. I also have a set-neck Gibson RD Standard that does not fit due to the lower horn shape (although it looks similar to a Firebird). The case could be modified to fit these guitars. So overall, the case is GREAT for Gibson Firebird/Explorer (just like it says) and that's about it.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not A Good Guitar Case

      By anp man

      from california

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      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      For what I paid for this case I taught that it would be a best case for my Firebird guitar. Boy was I wrong the SKB case is made in China AND IS TOTAL GARBAGE. The guitar does not fit in the case very good, and there is a 3/32 gap when you close the case. And also cheap locking hardware, no quailty at all. This is the worst case that you can by for your guitar, Your better off with a gigbag.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best Explorer case. Period.

      By Blkjakk

      from TN

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      Comments about Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      Extremely well made case that fits my 2016 Gibson explorer perfectly. Very plush interior with plenty of storage and a deep cutaway for the headstock. The cases's exterior is tough and the latches are tight and high-quality. There's no rattling anywhere on this case. I believe it's the best hardcase available for the Explorer.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my SKB Explorer-Firebird Type Case

      By guitarboy

      from Southern California

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Carry
      • Good Protection
      • Great Neck Protection
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • A Little Funky Looking
      • Bulky
      • Only The Looks

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • No More Worries
      • Travel

      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      Love this case! Great neck protection (much better than Gibson or Epiphone) for my Firebird.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If You Want Protection!

      By BmanCV-60

      from Hanover, MD

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      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      I originally ordered the Epiphone case along with my Firebird Studio, and my heart sank when I saw the box damaged. So was the case, I decided I needed better quality; the SKB delivers in spades! This thing is a TANK; the pictures don't give you any idea how big it really is, but its one of a few made for Firebirds and I have no doubt it will do the job. The quality is excellent, they didn't go cheap anywhere. You get what you pay for definitely applies here!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Case data

      By Oinkus

      from Yorktown VA

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      Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

      It is a fine case overall but it doesn't fit my epiphone prophecy futura that I bought it for. With some mutilation guitar is accepted. Would say this case is much better suited to a Firebird then the Explorer types and would suggest building a differnet case for each guitar instead of a " one size fits some " case.

       
      5.0

      Gold standard design

      By Buffalo_BiL

      from New Buffalo, MI

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      Pros

      • Ape proof
      • Easy To Use
      • Light weight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Air travel
        • Local travel
        • Storage

        Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

        Perfect fit for Epiphone Explorer, and designed to fit other guitars too. Maybe BC Rich Mockingbird?
        Only 12 1/2 Lb, tough plastic shell. I prefer this to the Epiphone rectangular Explorer case because it weighs 4 Lb less and is not so bulky. A rectangular case does have much more storage space and stacks efficiently.

         
        5.0

        Well worth the money

        By Tom

        from L.I. N.Y.

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        Pros

        • Good Protection
        • Sturdy
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

          I bought this case for a 2016 explorer to replace the gig bag. I am very happy with it. It is solid and protects the guitar well. Great case for Explorer. Some people complain that you can't stand it up on end. I just lean it against the wall, which you would do with most cases anyway and it stays as good as any case. I wouldn't think twice about buying another one.

           
          4.0

          Firebird hardshell protection

          By Crisco

          from Alabama

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          Pros

          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Protection
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

            The difference from the neck support to the body support could be improved, tighter fit.

             
            3.0

            Fits 'OK'

            By R

            from seattle, wa

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            Pros

            • Easy To Carry
            • Good Protection
            • Sturdy
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

              Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

              This case is supposed to carry a 'Z' type guitar like a Gibson Explorer, or as I was told an Ibanez Destroyer II. My destroyer does not quite fit into it perfectly. It does not fit properly at the base of the neck. The weight of the guitar hinges on one spot at the bottom of the neck and none of the neck of the guitar is supported in that section of the case as it should - there is about a 1/2-1" gap between the neck and the case. It won't lay flat in the case. Basically, it doesn't fit properly as it did in the original case I got it in.

               
              5.0

              Fits my Explorer like a glove.

              By Barry H.

              from Oswego, NY

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              Pros

              • Easy To Carry
              • Good Protection
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Everyday
                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                Fits and protects my Gibson Explorer T perfectly.

                 
                4.0

                Not my first choice, but it does protect my Firebird

                By drmmrr

                from Federal Way, Washington

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                    Although this case is big, ugly, and sort of a universal case for explorer type guitars, it does hold my Gibson Firebird V snugly at the waist, rear strap button area, and peghead, with good neck support. So it's kinda hard to find a place to store this case because of its shape, but it does protect my baby very well! I do wish they made a case specific to the Gibson reverse Firebird, that's the only reason it doesn't rate 5 stars for me, it looks like a poor fit but it holds the guitar quite nicely!

                     
                    2.0

                    Gibson only?

                    By huntrxyz

                    from honolulu

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                    Pros

                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                        I read all the reviews and should've heeded them. I'd return it but when you live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, shipping costs wil kill you! So instead of returning the case, I opted to "modify" it by cutting out sone foam from the neck/body joint area but still had a hard time fitting the guitar in. It seems that the neck channel is cut really shallow. I used to own a 70s era Gibson Explorer, and with it's thick neck, I doubt it would've fit in this case. It got me wondering if the newer Explorers have thinner necks....Anyways, I own several SKB cases and this was the first time I've encountered any problems. I'm a fan of SKB cases and it saddens me to have to give any kind of negative reviews on their products

                         
                        5.0

                        Fits my Hamer Standard like a glove

                        By JBOU812

                        from Missouri

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                            Just a few tweaks on the internal foam and my guitar has a safe new home...

                             
                            4.0

                            Great case for your expensive guitars

                            By Abomb

                            from Beaver falls, Pa

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional
                            • Good Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                              This is my second SKB explorer case- the first one I modified a bit to fit my Ibanez Xiphos . This one is for my Gibson Explorer. I love the quality of the case itself, just watch the oversize latches, as they can get damaged with heavy use.

                               
                              4.0

                              protects these guitars

                              By fingerlakes joe

                              from fingerlakes NY

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                              Pros

                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                                I 1st ordered two roadrunner cases,as I've used alot of them previously.The assoc. said they would work for firebird and explorer.( about 3"-4" too short ) I cant believe Gibson sends them out without a case,and can't order one either.After sending the two roadrunners back I ordered one SKB,and one Epiphone. Either will work,but the pricer one SKB is a better case.It does have a funny shape,but protects it well.I had a foot broke off,but it was in the bag,and for the price should have sent back,but crazy glued it.I use the cases to keep the dustoff so I'm OK with it.Nice case!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Now this is a case!

                                By Axman

                                from Central Texas

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Carry
                                • Good Protection
                                • Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • Doesn't stand on end.

                                Best Uses

                                • Concerts
                                • Travel

                                Comments about SKB Hardshell Guitar Case for Gibson Explorer/Firebird-Type Guitars:

                                Great case for the $$! Fits either my Firebird or Explorer just fine (though I needed one for the Explorer). Only downside is that it doesn't stand up sideways (on end) in the "guitar closet", but lying down works just great. I'd buy another if I needed one!

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