With the acquisition of my new Schecter 8 string, I realized that I would need to get a new gig bag to go with it. After some searching – I found the Gator Viper Gig bag. The bag lists at $149 and usually sells for $100 but Amazon had it listed for $37-$39 (as of this writing J&R music is selling it for $39.99 shipped via amazon).
I picked one up and just had Santa get me another one for Christmas.
Here’s the bag:
First and foremost – This is a rugged bag. It’s almost more like a case than a gig bag. I was surprised that it was heavier than I though it would be when I picked it up. The zippers are larger than the ones used on other bags I have. They’re luggage quality and seem durable. The ad copy mentions that the bag is dual lined for protection and I believe that. I would have no worries about this bag protecting the guitar in any kind of rain/snow/ condition.
If you look at the back of the bag:
you might notice that the two straps are padded for comfort. There’s an optional sternum strap for stability as well. The bag also features back cushions:
which help distribute the weight. If you want to carry it by hand – the handle is reinforced.
If you look at the headstock interior (quilted foam):
In addition to the heavy padding around the back and sides – you also get a neck rest. The additional string guard on the head stock and the bridge:
is a nice touch as well.
The interior has what the company calls a “Universal ergo-fit design for most Strat- and LP-style guitars” – my non traditional shaped FNH Guitar fits in there fine. The Schecter with a 26.5″ scale fits in the bag as well.
The bag has two compartments ( It’s hard to see in this photo – but there is a separate zippered section by the headstock which could easily hold picks, string, capos, etc.)
In addition to the front zippered section, the front pocket is spacious. I can easily fit these full size headphones in the case with no issue.
For $30 more you can get a model with a separate laptop compartment. I like the idea a lot – but it adds additional weight to the front of the bag.
The Sum Up
The short of it is – this is one of the best deals out there. Given that a garbage gig bag will probably set you back $20-$30 it’s impressive what you’re getting in this bag for a few dollars more.