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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Locking latches

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

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 21 reviews)

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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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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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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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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not as good as the pictures and advertising show.

By 12Stringer

from NW Missouri

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

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent case...but not exceptional

By Absaroka Strummer

from Wyoming

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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.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pretty in Pink ? YES !

    By Dr.LaRrY ♫

    from Winston~Salem ~ N.C.

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

    I just got mine used at a local music store but it's never been used. It's built like a tank and I could stand on it without damage I'm sure. It's irridescent pink but for the price it could have been...well...pink ? I still like it because Gator makes some quality items !
    This is stitched up with thick thread and has high quality latches, they took the time to clean out the little fuzzies left behind during manufacturing too. I gave this the highest rating across the board for many reasons. It'll last you a lifetime, keep your prized work of art instrument safe from bumps & weather, easy to open & carry, and it looks GREAT ! DO NOT waste time & money on gigbags, most are junk, made with crappy materials and slapped together. You pay good money for a quality guitar, why skimp on what protects it ? Just get one, you won't be disappointed ! Especially if you accidently drop your guitar !

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    PROVEN RUGGEDNESS ON WAY HERE!

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Springs, CO

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Everyday
      • Practicing
      • Travel

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

      SOMETHING POKED MY CASE PACKAGE AND PUNCHED THROUGH TO THE CASE WHEN SHIPPED TO ME (MY GUESS FROM YEARS AS A FEDEX DRIVER IS THAT IT WAS A POINTY AUTO PART FROM ANOTHER BOX PACKED TOO LIGHTLY). DESPITE BEING STRUCK HARD, IT BARELY EVEN BLEMISHED OR SCRAPED THE TOLEX COVERING, SO I JUST KEPT IT INSTEAD OF SENDING IT BACK. MORAL OF THE STORY: IF IT HAD BEEN MY YAMAHA LL-16 12-STRING, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SAFE FROM A MAJOR HIT! I'M SOLD! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM A CASE??? STORAGE ROOM? PLEASE, JUST CARRY AN EXTRA GEAR PACK!

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      new hardshell case

      By lefty-5hiEg

      from currently in Oklahoma

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

      Just got this case from UPS an hour ago. It looks and seems great. It is solid made and my guitar fit in it like a glove. I am proud to have a nice case to keep my 12 string Alvarez in. It smells good too. ha. I will keep purchasing musical merchandise from this site.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice case.

      By Stevo-dM1BQ

      from Springfield, IL

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

      I purchased this case for my Dean Exotica FM 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar. The case fits perfectly and is very well made. Great value for the money.

       
      5.0

      It fits my guitar very well

      By Zo

      from Hudson Valley, NY

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I've read a few reviews that some people were not happy with the quality. I am not sure what kind of case they purchased but i think this case is very good quality. it fits my D'angelico Premier Gramercy Acoustic-Electric Guitar. I didn't want to spend the 110 on the D'angelico case, so i researched this case. i was also afraid that it wouldn't fit. So i spoke with a salesman and he assured me that it will fit. i took his word and he was correct. the price was great and it fits accessories i need. if you read some reviews, some say theres no room for anything, what are they trying to use it for, as luggage. i just need it to protect my guitar, not load it up with a whole bunch of junk.
          I like this case and i am happy i purchased it.

           
          5.0

          Fit my Taylor 150e 12 string acoustic guitar perfect

          By Shane

          from undisclosed

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          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 Steve The Gearhead

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          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

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            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.

               
              5.0

              Nice case

              By Paul

              from Houston TX

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              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 Hollywood, FL

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                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

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                    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

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                      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.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Case

                        By Polish Princess

                        from Brockton, MA

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                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

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

                            I found this case to be well made and it feels sturdy. There's heavy stitching along the top and the it clips up smoothly and snug to the bottom. The cover doesn't need to be re-adjusted when you close it...you just clip it up. The inside is thickly padded and fits my Epiphone 12 nicely. I found plenty of room for the accessories that i carry. I've packed 3 boxes of strings, a capo, tuner, and a box of picks inside. (I don't really need to take polish along with me but I could probably also fit a couple of granola bars in there too. ) I looked around before buying and I bought this gator because it was the best case for my money. It holds my 12 string very nicely, it's sturdy, and the hardware is good quality. I'm very happy with my Gator 12. I'd buy another Gator for my Epi Dot.

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice for the price

                            By Michael Night

                            from Toledo OH

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                            Pros

                            • Good Protection
                            • Sturdy

                            Cons

                            • Snug

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Travel

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

                            The case is very Snug but very nice case. Well worth the price.

                             
                            5.0

                            Delivered at its best!

                            By alrozz

                            from Columbus, Georgia

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

                            When my gjuitsar arrived. It was in the case ready to go. I as impressed. A good gjuitar case for the price.

                             
                            5.0

                            Are you kidding?

                            By Gary Kaylor

                            from Arizona

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

                            Snug yet yeilding fit, lots of room for extras without making it a Cadallic trunk.
                            Gator RULES!
                            Leave your axe to the axe keeper.....Gator!
                            For the money or even much more, Gator can't be outdone!

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