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SKB SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case

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The rotationally molded SKB-18RW dreadnought guitar case features countersunk hardware, gasketed heavy-duty valance, built-in wheels, and a molded-in...Click To Read More About This Product

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Fly your guitar in total safety!

The rotationally molded SKB-18RW dreadnought guitar case features countersunk hardware, gasketed heavy-duty valance, built-in wheels, and a molded-in handle.

This ATA guitar case includes a special SKB guarantee:
Any airline-related damage to an acoustic guitar being shipped in an SKB-18RW case will be covered for up to $1,500.00 by SKB Corporation in Orange, CA. The acoustic guitar model must be a proper fit for the SKB-18RW case. SKB repair claims will be processed after initial airline damage reports have been filed and a qualified guitar repair technician submits a written repair estimate. Repair claims will be issued only to original case owner.

SKB is a premier supplier of instrument and gear cases. SKB builds their products with military-spec, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene and premium hardware. All SKB hardshell cases are unconditionally guaranteed forever. That means if you break this ATA case, they will repair or replace it at no cost to you.

  • Rotationally molded hardshell guitar case
  • Countersunk hardware
  • Gasketed, heavy-duty valance
  • Built-in wheels
  • Molded-in handle
  • Special guarantee against damage in flight
  • Guaranteed forever

Click or call to order today and you'll be ready to take to the air in complete confidence the next time you need to check your instrument.


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SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


My Guitar was damaged using this case

By DamagedAxe

from Oakland, CA

Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

This product does not live up to expectations. After 1 flight I found that my guitar was damaged within an SKB 18RW case. SKB has yet to respond to my claim. I have provided them with all the required documentation. Bottom line - this case may NOT protect your guitar and if it doesn't the company is not responsive as they claim.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

I have used this case to fly back and forth from college in WI (I live in WA) The wheels are very nice, especially when walking in the airport. Mine doesn?t close quite straight and on the most recent trip my guitar was damaged. The top braces were cracked and broken. If you are looking for flight case protection, consider something made of a more rigid material such as fiberglass or carbon fiber. Also, this thing weighs a ton! In most cases the convenience of using the wheels is not worth the extra weight, unless you are walking in a large flat indoor place. In most cases I wish I had a less expensive, but lighter, case, or a more protective flight case.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Case - Limited size

By Djb-Ye0L3

from Essex Jct., VT

Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

SKB did a nice job with this case, latches are recessed and rugged, fit and finish is tight. Recessed handles and quality wheels are a big plus. The only drawback I see is the sizing. My Tacoma DM14C is too deep and my Taylor 314 is an uncomfortably tight fit. Neither of these two guitars are particularly large dreds so I am disappointed, I suspect only my S6 Seagull will comfortably travel in it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


twice around the world and it works

By JB-a-2s2

from Boston, MA

Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

I have to disagree with the previous reviews of this product. I have used this case extensively to travel with my Breedlove AC25/SR PLUS and this case has served me very well. It has survived US Customs inspections - they usually manage to break things, but my guitar was totally intact and unharmed. Amazing!It has survived the Chinese customs system too!I saw the baggage handlers drop this baby and still it held up!So I guess, I got lucky. I have been a loyal SKB customer for well over a decade using different products from them and I can't see myself switching companies any time soon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Performs as advertised

By bluesdaddy

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

Exactly as advertised on MF and SKB websites. Very sturdy, much moreso than my nice Taylor factory case. Fits my 410CE like a glove. LOTS of glances and comments in the airport. Wheels are GREAT. Read the airline's website RE musical instruments. Most permit these as carry-on items up to 71" overall deminsions (18RW is well below this). Once you're through security you can detune a full step then LOCK all 5 locks. You'll have to gate-check on RJs and full flights however I think that's a lower risk situation compared to checking at the counter AND they don't charge an extra bag fee to gate check.

When you send through X-ray, be sure to put the case on it's face; otherwise the wheels will just roll on the conveyor belt and it will not enter the X-ray unit.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The weight and the latches are a downside that can be worked around if you need the hard shell and the wheels

By MS2012

from southern California

Comments about SKB-18RW ATA Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Case:

If I could talk to a VP of design at SKB, I would say that they'd have a sweet little case going if they would resolve the latch and weight issues. But if they could only resove for one of these issues, latches win, hands down. For sure, those need to be fixed.

It's true (as another reviewer has pointed out) that the case is quite snug. I use it for my 6-string Guild, which fits perfectly. I have a 12-string guitar I don't play as often "out-and-about" anymore because I have not been able to find a case with wheels for it. My 12-string is a dred, but the neck is a bit longer than my 6-string, so it won't fit in this particular hardshell case. I would love to see a 12-string guitar case with wheels. Then I could play it more often outside of my home.

When I first got this case, I didn't think my 6-string Guild fit in it because it was so snug. What I've found over time, though, is that the padding eventually conformed well enough to better-accommodate my guitar's shape. I just had to be very patient and gentle for the first several months of regular use when putting my guitar into the case, or removing it. I can totally see how someone would be frustrated, initially, though. In fact, a friend of mine bought this case a year or two after I did because he liked mine; but he immediately returned it because he found it to be too snug for his 6-string Guild.

Another of my friends bought one of these for her daughter who was going away to college, because she loved the idea of being able to wheel (instead of lug) the guitar through the airport. She found pretty quickly that her daughter didn't want anything to do with it because it was so much more heavy than other hardshell cases that are out on the market. So that case ended up being returned as well.

The difference between both of those stories and mine is that I really do have to have wheels. I'm not willing to give up playing guitar outside of my home, so I have to have a way to carry "lighter load" most of the time. The irony is that I had to buy a heavier case to attempt achieving that (although I didn't realize it was heavier until it arrived). So, part of my work-around is to wheel it everywhere possible without lifting, including on rough and inclined surfaces, and even up some kinds of staircase designs (I don't like doing this, but have been forced to sometimes).

If other competition in the form of wheeled designs exist, I'd look hard at them, assuming SKB decided not to solve for latches and extra weight. But short of that (i.e., of having more competition), I really don't have a lot of choice, in my own circumstance. As a result, I have had to figure out ways to work around these issues and make it work as much as possible anyway, regardless of any additional inconvenience I may have to experience.

I am determined that cancer, and its aftermath, may not win.
I bought the SKB-18RW acoustic guitar case in 2005 because it was the only one I could find on the market at that time that had wheels. I needed wheels because of some cancer surgery I had which, even to this day, forbids me to lift excessive loads because of what heavy lifting does to one's lymphatic system. The irony is that the case itself, overall, really is heavier than most harshell cases I've had. But if your circumstance is like mine where you have to decide whether or not physical limitations are going to let you give up playing the guitar outside of your home, then the wheels are a God-send. I've had to negotiate the issue of greater weight by finding other means of access to buildings, stages, platforms, floors, etc. -- including by just asking for help if I have to lift it for any length of distance beyond just putting it into, and taking it out of, the car. I am just not willing to let the effects of cancer-treatment steal my guitar-playing outside of the home (which I still do several times a week).

Very simply, I needed a hardshell case with wheels, and this was literally the only case I could find at the time. So, I bought this case for the hardshell and the wheels, period. I discovered the other issues after purchase and regular use.

A big issue is the security of the latches. The wheels have proven very durable and reliable for me. The latches and handles are recessed, which are a big plus and sell for me. But the case just doesn't have the secure latching that I would expect for a hardshell case -- especially one that costs as much as this one, when compared with others.

I've read another review that described a better experience with the latches than what I've had. Personally, I've only ever had this case on domestic flights. In my own experience, I've seen the baggage handlers drop my case while loading the plane. Fortunately, my guitar has not been harmed yet. But it has come through the baggage claim about 10-12 times with the wide-end unlatched by two latches. There are four latches on the whole case. The other two latches (that hold the neck part of the case down) have been what kept the case from popping all the way open. And I've only ever checked it through as a fragile item (i.e., with the strollers, coolers, golf clubs, etc.).

I work around this issue now by asking to remain present while the TSA agent finishes inspection, then personally locking the latches after TSA's inspection is complete and (in the presence of the TSA agent) jiggling each latch, myself, to make sure it is completely closed, then duct-taping the wide-end closed. Experience has taught me that "locking the latches only" doesn't make much difference -- the two latches on the wide end still manage to pop open during flight unless I just duct-tape that end at least one full revolution before flight.

My other option is to not have a case with wheels -- and I need wheels in my circumstance.

If I were an entrepreneur in manufacturing, and reading this review, I'd come up with a case with wheels to compete with this one. I'd buy it if it was durable (for airline flight) and the latch issue were solved.
I've had this case just about 7 years and haven't had a problem with the plastic hard shell. The latches are recessed, which is good, but they don't stay latched when the case is handled roughly, as in baddage chek during flight. I have to duct-tape the case to keep it closed. This will really mess wiht the plastic finish over time, if you do not immediately remove the duct tape after flight.

The wheels, the hard shell, and the recessed latches and handle, and the built-in pulling handle (for wheeling) at the top where the headstock is -- these are big sells for me. The weight is a problem, and I wish it was not. But I've figured out ways to work around it most of the time. Sometimes, you just have to be willing to eat a little humble pie and ask for help (unless you're you're lucky enough to have your own roadies). It would be nice to not have to work around the weight, though. But, if I had to choose between solving for the the extra weight or the latches, latches win, every time. If the latches were more secure and reliable, I'd leave the duct tape at home. As it is, I've had to leave the duct tape in the airport, before, in order to continue with my flight.
The very real, scary issue I've experienced with latches coming undone so easily leads me to say that this case is way, way, way, WAY overpriced, even when prices are reduced throughsome vendors. For this (or any) kind of money, I expect an instrument case to stay closed when the latches are fastened.

If the latches didn't come unfastened so easily, then you'd have a good deal for the price, even with the extra weight, because it's proven to be a pretty durable case otherwise. If the latches were not an issue, I'd rate this case a 9 out of 10. But they don't stay put under loads (in my experience), so out comes the duct tape. If SKB solved for both the latches and the weight, I'd give the case a 10 out of 10. As it is, I'm giving the case a 7 out of 10 overall, because it's lasted much longer through air travel than other hardshell cases I've had, and because it has wheels, which my circumstances require me to have -- unless, of course, I'm willing to give up playing my guitar outside of my home. I bought it for the hard shell and wheels. After I bout it, I learned about the issues of latches, snug fit, and extra weight. As a result, I've learned to live with duct tape and asking for help.

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