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Guitar leaves mark in case?

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Hey guys. I can see the outline of my guitar in the case due to pressure. Is this normal or is that pressure causing damage?

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It's fine. Tight fit means no movement inside the case---guitar is safer.

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Thank you. My concern was the top was pressing down on the bigsby and might distort the bigsby or neck somehow with the pressure.

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Pushing on the handle may help a bit by loosening the strings.

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Swing the Bigsby handle down toward the tailpiece.

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Swing the Bigsby handle down toward the tailpiece.

– wabash slim

Yeah, I've done that since I got the guitar, and it still does this. Unlike most of my cases, when I lay the guitar in the case doesn't close. It remains open like a half inch or so.

Does anyone/everyone else out there have these marks in their cases?

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I've owned my 6122 since '74. Those dents were in the felt when I bought it, and they're still there as of last night.

No worries, although I agree about swinging the Bigsby handle down.

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I've owned my 6122 since '74. Those dents were in the felt when I bought it, and they're still there as of last night.

No worries, although I agree about swinging the Bigsby handle down.

– Kevin Frye

Thanks for that, Kevin.

Does yours have a Bigsby? If so, when you have the guitar in the case, does the case remain slightly open (half inch or so?).

I took the guitar out today and the case closes fully on its own due to gravity. I put the guitar back in, and the case is then a half inch or so open. It is clearly the Bigsby causing this since it's the highest point. So the case must be pushing down on the Bigsby spring when it's locked shut. I notice when I manually push down on the Bigsby in the case, it seems to put pressure on the Bigsby piece and the neck.

It's great that yours has been fine for so long. I'm a bit concerned, so what you say helps. Seems the neck can "banana"/ski jump from that type of pressure over long periods of time. Maybe Joe Carducci will read this and chime in. It would be nice to hear something official from Gretsch about this. The case doesn't seem to have enough room to clear the Bigsby.

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They pretty well all do that is this your first guitar?

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They pretty well all do that is this your first guitar?

– Toxophilite

No, but it is my first Gretsch with this type of case. My fender case doesn't do that at all, nor do my acoustics.

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Swing the trem arm toward the butt of the body when placing it in the case. The imprint of the guitar on the case lid is normal.

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Well, gmascis, there you go. Wish granted.

Thankx, Joe! Any cake left??

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FYI: I was reading some reviews of the case tonight, because each time I pack it up I'm amazed how high the case sits and must be compressed to close it.

This review states the way the neck rests in the case and the pressure of the case cause bowing:

http://www.musiciansfriend....

I've had two bowed necks now. I wonder if the case is causing these issues. The author claims there are a lot of reviews online confirming this. I'll have to read up on that in the morning. On amazon someone complained that the case compressed the guitar too much.

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It does look like your case has more pressure than I've seen before. Usually, the strings and Bigsby joint show up on the lid, but yours had impressions of the frets and even the pickups.

That it's an arched case makes that more baffling.

I don't know if it causes bowing, but it does look like it's excessive compression, IMO.

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It does look like your case has more pressure than I've seen before. Usually, the strings and Bigsby joint show up on the lid, but yours had impressions of the frets and even the pickups.

That it's an arched case makes that more baffling.

I don't know if it causes bowing, but it does look like it's excessive compression, IMO.

– NJBob

I agree. Closing the latches you can feel it compressing and swashing down on the Bigsby (arm is in the correct position of course).

What do you think I should do?

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I agree. Closing the latches you can feel it compressing and swashing down on the Bigsby (arm is in the correct position of course).

What do you think I should do?

– gmascis

First, take the dirty magazines out from under the guitar.

Second, take your guitar and case to a G dealer, and see if your case is more shallow than another arch-top one. If you find the 'identical' case, fits better then swap it out. If it's same-same, then look for a foam case.

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My experience with Gretsch cases is that there's plenty of room. In fact, I usually leave the strap on and lay it on top of the neck.

The markings on the lid are pretty natural. The markings just tell you where the guitar touches as it rattles around the case.

I suggest that you roll some aluminum foil up like a joint. Make it pretty soft (organic material optional) so that it squishes very easily. Put one over the nut, one over the case neck saddle, and one over the bridge.

After you close and open the case, The aluminum joints should tell you the case clearance.

Lee


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