|Hardshell Case noun \ˈhärdˈshel ˈkās\
01:29A Hardshell Case is the standard case for a fine musical instrument. As the name implies, it is rigid and strong and is typically made of laminated wood with heavy luggage latches and a strong handle. Other case shell materials may include thermoplastic or rigid foam-based shells.
A Hardshell Case offers more protection than a gig bag, and nearly as much protection as a Flight Case. Hardshell Cases are available to fit specific instrument bodies and designs, for example, a case made for a Dreadnought Guitar will not fit and is not the best choice for a Classical Guitar. A case made for a violin will not fit a viola. As such, a hardshell case offers a much better, snug fit for the instrument for which it is designed.
The lining of Hardshell Cases sometimes offers a step up in luxury, depending on the case brand. Many case brands will offer cases at several price points, with more expensive cases having better hardware, nicer plush interiors, and better padding and fit.
With regards to Guitar Family instruments, one feature to look for in a Hardshell Case is dual supports for the guitar neck, which offers much better protection against breakage than a single neck support can offer.
Many hardshell cases will also be available with arched shell tops, which adds considerable strength to a case, over cases which have only a flat shell top.
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