Parlor Guitar Case & Gig Bag Roundup

The Best Parlor Guitar Cases and Gig Bags
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While parlor guitars are known for being reliable, they still require secure storage and protection. Unfortunately, there aren't that many good guitar cases for parlor guitars, especially since parlor guitar shapes and sizes tend to vary.

Here we present you with the best parlor guitar cases, updated for 2019, to help you find a good match for your beloved parlor guitar.

NB: If you have a guitar larger than a parlor, then click over to the Gearank guide: The Best Acoustic Guitar Cases & Gig Bags.

The Best Parlor Guitar Cases & Gig Bags

Gator Gwe-Acou 3/4 Hardshell

Gator Gwe-Acou 3/4 Hardshell

Type: Hard Shell | Price: $85

Simple and sturdy traditional looking hardshell wood case designed specifically for parlor guitars.

Detailed meta-review below

Godin TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case

Godin TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case

Type: Hybrid | Price: $109

Thermally regulated hybrid guitar case that uses high-impact resistant polypropylene material.

Detailed meta-review below

Gator 4G Series Gig Bag

Gator Mini Acoustic Gig Bag

Type: Gig Bag | Price: $40

Gig bag with backpack straps and reinforced carry handle which fits 1/2 to 3/4 sized guitars.

Detailed meta-review below

Mono M80 Parlor Hybrid Gigbag

Mono M80 Acoustic Parlor Hybrid Gig Bag

Type: Hybrid | Price: $200

A hybrid guitar case with laminated foam shell that's tough yet light and easy to carry around.

Detailed meta-review below

Gator Lightweight Case

Gator Lightweight Case Mini Grand Symphony

Type: Hybrid | Price: $90

Gator's hybrid case with nylon exterior and rigid polyfoam shell designed for the Taylor GS Mini and other similarly sized acoustics.

Detailed meta-review below

Martin 12BTG Case

Martin 12BTG Case

Type: Soft Case | Price: $50

A Martin branded gig-bag, designed for the Martin LX1E and other compact parlor guitars.

Detailed meta-review below

Taylor Baby Gig Bag

Taylor Baby Gig Bag

Type: Soft Case | Price: $40

Taylor's own gig-bag designed for use with their Baby series of compact acousitcs.

Detailed meta-review below

Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag

Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag

Type: Hybrid | Price: $50

A guitar case designed for 1/2 to 3/4 scale guitars, with thick foam padding and nylon exterior.

Detailed meta-review below

About the Different Types of Parlor Guitar Cases

Traditional hardshell wooden cases will always look good and never go out of fashion, they also provide solid protection for your instrument when traveling. On the other hand, hybrid "semi-hard" cases are modern alternatives that provide the same if not improved protection, without the heavy hard shell covering - making them more comfortable and lighter to carry at the cost of reducing outward ruggedness.

If you're going for a more traditional look to match the vintage appeal of parlor guitars, wooden hardshell cases would be your choice, but if you're looking for a comfortable and reliable way to transport your instrument regularly, you should consider hybrid cases, and if you mainly carry your guitar around by walking then a gig bag is your best option due to their light weight and backpack straps.

How to Measure Guitar Size When Buying a Case or Gig Bag

To ensure better guitar case compatibility, it is advisable to have the dimensions of your guitar ready before buying a guitar case. So get a measuring tape and carefully measure the dimensions of your guitar as described below.

Overall length, measured from headstock to the bottom of the lower bout, is a common guitar measurement, although you won't have many problems with it because most cases have extra length space.

The body is where the most important dimensions are and it has four main measurements that are relevant: the upper, middle and lower bouts in addition to the body length. You can measure the upper bout by running a measuring tape on the top of the guitar along the widest part of the curve. The same goes with the lower bout, only this time you measure the lower portion below the sound hole. The lower bout is usually wider, but it's not a rule set in stone. Do the same for the smaller middle bout which is usually near the soundhole.

Having these measurements handy will make it easier to check for size compatibility so you won't have to worry about ordering the wrong size.

The diagram below shows the key parts of your guitar to measure:

  1. Lower Bout
  2. Middle Bout
  3. Upper Bout
  4. Body Length
  5. Overall Length

Guitar measurements for buying a case or gig bag

Detailed Information About Each of These Parlor Guitar Cases:

 

Gator GWE-ACOU-3/4

La Patrie Std V1052

Gator continues to be one of the leading brands when it comes to instrument cases, and as such it is only natural for them to produce smaller hardcases for 3/4 size guitars and more importantly parlor guitars. And this particular case allows many parlor guitars to fit nicely including the Gretsch Jim Dandy, Art & Lutherie A&L AMI and other models that follow the smaller more traditional sizes.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 38"
  • Middle Bout: 9.75"
  • Upper Bout: 10.25"
  • Lower Bout: 13.75""

The Gator GWE-ACOU-3/4 is essentially a smaller version of their standard hardcase, featuring the same reliable design as its bigger counterparts. It is built using the same 3 ply wood construction with Tolex PVC covering that provides ample protection against the usual bumps, scratches and damaging elements when traveling. It also comes with contrast stitching to highlight the guitar cases shape and features an ergonomic matching handle. If you're looking for an affordable and traditional looking hardcase for your parlor guitar, check this one out.

Get the latest Gator GWE-ACOU-3/4 price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Godin TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case

Godin TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case

Godin is known for their modern and unconventional approach to guitar building, and this same drive for innovation has spilled over into the way they design and build their guitar cases. A great example of this is the TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case which features high-impact resistant Expanded Polypropylene - the same shock absorbent material used in car bumper cores and bicycle helmets. This ensures that the TRIC case provides more than enough protection against the usual bumps that musicians experience on the road.

On top of being virtually indestructible, the label TRIC stands for "Thermally Regulated Instrument Case". Each case is temperature tested from -35°C (-31°F) and up to +65°C (+150°F), to ensure that it case can withstand extreme conditions, while keeping your guitar sheltered and protected. Godin was able to accomplish all this while maintaining the case's lightweight and comfortably soft profile.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 39"
  • Body Length: 20"
  • Upper Bout: 9.5"
  • Lower Bout: 13."

Various parlor guitars from Larrivee, Seagull, Martin and many more have been tested to fit snugly inside this case. Although a bit bulky and not as affordable as the others in this list, this hybrid guitar case provides the best possible protection for your parlor guitar in my opinion.

Get the latest Godin TRIC Parlor Deluxe Case price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Gator 4G Series Gig Bag

Gator Mini Acoustic Gig Bag

Although gig bags are not suitable for throwing in the back of the van when you're going on tour, they are the perfect light-weight solution for carrying your precious guitar around on foot, catching public transport, or going for a drive in your car to gigs and rehearsals. They're also great for protecting your guitar's finish from dust when you're not using it.

Gator is one of the leading brands when it comes to gig bags and guitar cases, and they have designed their Gb-4b-Miniacu for flexibility by accommodating a wide range of small guitars from 1/2 to 3/4 size and by providing adjustable backpack style straps in addition to a regular handle which is reinforced.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 38"
  • Upper Bout: 11.5"
  • Lower Bout: 14.75."

The entire gig bag has 20mm of padding and the bottom, bridge and headstock areas are reinforced for added protection. It also has a mesh front pocket for storing your accessories such as tuners and spare strings and a small zipped pocket for you picks. Lastly, it's less than half the price of most hard shell cases.

Click here for the latestGator Mini Acoustic Gig Bag price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

MONO M80 Acoustic Parlor Hybrid Gig Bag

MONO M80 Acoustic Parlor Hybrid Gig Bag

Mono is one of the companies who blur the distinction between guitar case and gig bags. The M80 is a great example, looking and feeling very much like a gig bag, but protecting your instrument much like a guitar case. This is made possible by the lightweight laminate foam shell which provide good protection and support, without the weight and bulk of wooden cases. The lightweight design of the M80 case complements the naturally light and portable body of parlor guitars.

Another cool feature of this case is its molded rubber sole on the bottom part of the case, which protects the instrument on its most vulnerable point. To better protect the neck, this case is equipped with a special headlock neck suspension system that secures the neck without belting, which may damage the finish. It also has ample compartments for storing other gear.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 39"
  • Body Length: 21"
  • Upper Bout: 12"
  • Lower Bout: 14"

My only complaint about the Mono M80 is that it feels too soft, much like a gig bag, but it does not take away from its reliability.

Finally, the exterior is designed to be somewhat water-resistant, reducing your worry even further.

Click here for the latest Mono M80 Acoustic Parlor Hybrid Gig Bag price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Gator Lightweight Case for Taylor GS Mini

Gator Lightweight Case for Taylor GS Mini

The Taylor GS Mini is so popular, it warranted a dedicated guitar case from Gator. This case is similar to the other hybrid cases from Gator, only difference being that it is designed to match the specifications of the GS Mini.

As an owner of a Gator Hybrid case myself, I have nothing but good experience, mine is more than a decade old and everything is still holding up, even the zippers. And most reviews are singing pretty much the same song, where most are impressed with its durability.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 38.4"
  • Body Depth: 4.4"
  • Lower Bout: 14.5"

One thing to note is that this case is a bit on the heavy side, and bulky. While this case is meant specifically for the GS Mini, other similarly sized parlor guitars can benefit from this case, although they may not fit as snugly depending on the specifications.

If you are a Taylor GS Mini owner and want a reliable guitar case, then this is a no-brainer.

Click here for the latest Gator Lightweight Case for Taylor GS Mini price at Sweetwater.com

Martin 12BTG Case

Martin 12BTG Case

The Martin LX1E and its variants are undeniably popular, used even on stage by big name artists for many years now. As such it is only natural to expect a good matching guitar case, but Martin decided to instead produce a padded gigbag for it - which somewhat makes sense, because giving it a bulky hardcase will reduce its portability. On the other hand, a good gig bag complements the parlor guitar's portability and compact size.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 34"
  • Body Length: 15"
  • Body Depth: 4"
  • Lower Bout: 12"

While there are many gig bags available, they don't have the Martin brand on them, ensuring that the case is on par with the quality of their guitar products. This particular guitar case is designed so that LX1E, and other similarly sized guitars can fit snugly.

If you're looking for a good quality parlor guitar padded gig bag, then check out the Martin 12BTG.

Click here for the latest Martin 12BTG Case price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Taylor Baby Gig Bag

Taylor Baby Gig Bag

As the name implies, this guitar padded gig bag is meant for Taylor Baby guitars, all of which are smaller than standard guitar sizes. It comes in a distinct tan color that makes them easily stand out from among the many black gig bags on the market. More important than aesthetics is its build quality, and reviews are quite positive in these aspects.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 34.5"
  • Body Depth: 3"
  • Upper Bout: 9.5"
  • Lower Bout: 12"

While it is meant for Taylor Baby guitars, it can work with other similarly sized parlor acoustics that can fit into the internal dimensions provided above. This gig bag is padded, and quite well done at that, but don't expect it to offer the same solid protection as hard and hybrid cases.

Fans of the Taylor brand or not, this gig bag is well worth considering, especially if you have a Taylor Baby guitar

Click here for the latest Taylor Baby Gig Bag price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag - 1/2 and 3/4 Size

Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag - 1/2 and 3/4 Size

Cordoba continues to gain traction in the acoustic guitar market, so it's no surprise to see them in this list. This is a padded case that's designed to provide basic protection for acoustic guitars, only this one is meant for the Cordoba Iberria 3/4 scale guitar series, but it should also work well with similarly sized parlor guitars.

While it is a gig bag, it is still a far cry from cheap cloth gig bags, because this one features thick foam padding and is wrapped in water resistant nylon material.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Overall Length: 37.4"
  • Body Depth: 3.4"
  • Lower Bout: 12.36"

Many are impressed with its reliability, especially when considering its price. It also helps that it looks nice. Like other padded gig bags, this does not offer the same protection as hard or hybrid cases.

Whether you have a Cordoba guitar or not, this case is a good affordable option for those looking for a budget friendly good quality gig bag.

Click here for the latest Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag - 1/2 and 3/4 Size price and customer reviews at Sweetwater.com

Final Words

I trust that the information you found here is helpful, after all I've been playing and carrying guitars around for many years and I know how important a protective guitar case is. If you have any questions or want to suggest other parlor sized guitar cases, you can post them in the comments below.

      

Comments

Gator GWE Acou 3/4

Hi. Am I right thinking your pictures of the GWE Acou 3/4 and Superior CD 1513 Deluxe cases transposed?

Parlor guitar sturdy gig bag

Hallo, I have just bought a Blueridge BR341 and I'm looking for a fitting, reasonably priced but sturdy gig bag to carry it around (even on planes as hand luggage): any suggestions?

Deluxe Superior

Some sellers ship the Blueridge BR341 with a Deluxe Superior case, so seems to be the safest pick.

Case for Gretsch Jim Dandy

Hey, just wondering if you know whether the Jim Dandy fits in the TRIC case? Thank you!

It will fit but...

Looking at the specs of the Jim Dandy:
Body Length 18"
Body Width 13"
Body Depth 3.875"

It looks like it will fit into the parlor Tric case, but not snuggly. A simple workaround is to fill the extra spaces with cloth.

Case for Gretch Jim Dandy

If it was a 10 dollar difference between the two, which would you personally go with?

Thanks!

Case for Ibanez PN1

Which of these cases do you recommend for an Ibanez PN1?
Total L is 38", Body is 18.25" with upper bout of 8.5" and lower bout of just 12".

Bag/case for Ibanez PN1

I think the Gator GB-4G-MINIACOU fits perfect for the PN1.

Case for Ephiphone EL-00 Pro

I have been looking for a light weight molded hard case,can't find the right size. Total L 40.5''with upper bout of 11'' and lower bout 15.5'' body length 19.375'' and depth 3.75''.I have looked at the Ephiphone case but it's too heavy.

1997 Seagull Parlor Guitar

I have an older Seagull Parlor, from the late 90's.
Anyone know which case will fit this best?
Thank you!!

Good fit?

Hi there! Thanks so much for all this info. I'm trying to figure out if my Recording King, Dirty Thirtiess single 0 guitar would be a good fit for the TRIC case. What's your opinion on that?
Thanks in advance!!

Sorry for the late reply, I

Sorry for the late reply, I tried looking around for the specifications of its body size but there's not much information. I recommend getting the correct specifications from the manufacturer so you can compare it with the cases listed here. Hope you find what you need!

Republic Highway 61 resonator

hi there, any chance this guitar might fit this case, having a damn hard time trying to find a hard case for this guitar, my kids have given it a good blow from time to time, any help apprecited

I suggest getting the

Based on the specs that I saw from a retailer, it is smaller than most parlor guitars, but I suggest getting the measurements from the guitar manufacturer for accuracy. Then compare it with the internal measurements of the cases. It'll be hard to find one that fits snugly, but there are simple workarounds (like stuffing the spaces with cloth) - as long as it does fit into the case.

Republic 61

Gator parlor case fits great.

Case for squareneck parlor guitar

I have a 1930's vintage Oahu squareneck lap guitar. The body and neck are identical in size to a Gretsch Jim Dandy. My only worry is the extra thickness (height) of the square neck. Any idea whether the space between the neck support and the case top is too little to accommodate this squareneck? Thanks, Dane

Which hard case bag is

Which hard case bag is recommended for takamine GY93 parlor size guitar?

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