I know that I promised to scale back on the gear reviews – but because it’s the holidays, and because some people will procrastinate on shopping – I’ll try to get a few more of these out before Christmas.
This will be a very short review – because the majority of features on this gig bag are the same as the Standard Viper gig bag and have already been well documented in my earlier review. At the end of that review – I posited that perhaps the laptop addition would be convenient – but I wasn’t sure how necessary it was.
Santa came a little early this year – and while I had just asked for the standard case, I gave him the website for this listing which had the grey version of the laptop bag for $47.99 with free shipping (or if you’re really desperate – you can get the same version of the case – but Red – for 52 dollars more. In other words – yes – getting the red version of the bag is more expensive than buying TWO of the grey bags.). While this is nominally more expensive than the Amazon listing I cited in the previous review, here’s the short of it:
If you use a laptop guitar rig like I do – this is the case for you.
There are two big differences between the bags that make me say that you should spend the extra cash on the laptop bag if you can.
1. Storage. The storage compartments in the bag have probably twice the space of the standard bag. If you use analog pedals – there are 2 pedal compartments built in. Here I have my Apogee and my hard drive in them. I was able to fit my entire laptop rig in the gig bag (minus the shortboard). Which is a big deal for me because that makes the rig much more portable for touring.
2. The weather sleeve. In addition to all of the protection that already comes with the bag, behind the headstock is a zippered compartment holding an elastic rain coat for the gig bag. This is huge for me – because even though I liked the idea of a laptop compartment – I was still a little worried about potential water damage. Not now.
Even at $30 more than the standard bag (as originally priced on Amazon) this would still be a great deal. At the $47.99 price – it’s an absolute no brainer.
Part 2 of the chord scale lesson is coming up as is a post about the installed Bare Knuckle Cold Sweat 8 string pickup (spolier alert – it’s pretty sweet!)
See you next time.