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Old 01-14-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Completely waterproof gig bag?!

My new band lives a fair 45 minutes drive from me and I don't drive, I ride. And I'm going to have to ride to the rehearsals with my guitar on my back. It seems crazy but I've been doing it for years.

I've never done it in the rain but it might be a bit unavoidable now. I may eventually leave one of my guitars with one of the members but for now I'll take it when I ride there.

I need a soft case that has backstraps that can handle rain and stuff and not **** up my guitars. Also, some protection would be good.

So people, do you experiences with cases in heavy rain that have passed the test with dry, flying colours? Tell me about them!

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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I like the mono gigbags, but they are pricey. You won't get completely waterproof from a gig bag, or anything with zippers.

You could just wrap your case in a plastic bag or something, or wrap your guitar in a plastic bag before you put it in the gig bag/case.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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I dont think they make a waterproof gig bag. Most good ones are water resistant. You can always put a bag overtop of the H2O resistant bag if it is not too bad.

Now SKB do make a waterproof case, but it is a case so no good on a motorcycle.

Is there room where you can strap down the case on the back? I have seen a few guys in my area do this .
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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So ideally, well the only option I have is for me to have the guitar on my back like a backpack. I guess I can wrap the guitar in a few waterproof bags. That might be a good idea.

As for the bag, SBK or mono you say?

The worst thing in the world would for me to get off my bike and find out my guitars got water pouring out of the jack

Some might say that maybe I shouldn't ride with it, but I know that with the right bag and maybe some towels and waterproof bags, it should be perfectly fine.
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i guess a duct taped garbage bag over a good backpack bag would work, but here;s something they sell to guys taking their guitar on a river trip.

http://www.riverconnection.com/jack...ybag-p-427.html
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:09 AM   #6
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That looks okay, although it doesn't look very sturdy.

I wouldn't just have a backpack with some bags over it lol. I want a gig bag, with straps so I can carry it on my back, with proper waterproofing and sturdyness.

The SBK doesn't mention waterproofing on their product page.
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i meant a backpack gig bag with water resistant zippers,
and then over that, duct tape the plastic bag/ tarp material.

i think the only SKB waterproof product is the hard case with clamp closers.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #8
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Here's an idea - buy a car.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:04 AM   #9
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You could use a gig bag then put a backpacking pack cover over it. You might have some trouble finding one big enough for a guitar, but it wouldn't be impossible.

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Here's an idea - buy a car.

You only say that because you've never ridden a motorcycle. You just wouldn't understand.
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For those that didn't get the joke, I was full time biker for most of my life.
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For those that didn't get the joke, I was full time biker for most of my life.


Hey!

A cage? Not till I have kids. What do you ride? I've got a R6. I think I must look ridiculous overtaking cars on the motorway ducked down under the screen with a guitar pointed horizontally forward, but I love it

I'll get my girlfriend to take a picture next time I'm on the bike with the guitar
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I had to give bikes away after breaking my left arm. I had to make a choice between bikes and guitar, guitar won.

My last bike was an FZ750. The grandaddy of your bike.

When I had no car I used to get the singer to pick up my shit in his van.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:29 PM   #13
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That sucks man

I've got some slipped disks that I'm waiting for surgery on, riding aggravates it, I may have to ride a different bike because mines a low position bike. If I had to choose? Man, that would be hard.

There's something about riding that I can't get anywhere else. It would probably lose but I'd grieve.
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Back to your question, I'm thinking you really have no better option than a trash bag over the top... Even my backpacking pack cover idea would cause problems because it's not made to be going 60 mph down the highway in a storm.

I know it's not a great looking solution, but I think that's really the best you're gonna do... That or, you know, just get a car.
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I do miss it but it was crippling me. Life is a series of events that takes away shit that you love. You either learn to roll with the punches or die.
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Back to your question, I'm thinking you really have no better option than a trash bag over the top... Even my backpacking pack cover idea would cause problems because it's not made to be going 60 mph down the highway in a storm.

I know it's not a great looking solution, but I think that's really the best you're gonna do... That or, you know, just get a car.


I've got a good gig bag but it's not a specific waterproof one. I think I'll wrap the guitar in thick towels, and wrap that in waterproof bags and wrap that in a towel then put that in the gig bag and then just have that. Nothings getting through that. And even if it does, it will only be a bit of damp.

60mph? Lol, I want to actually get there before Xmas

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It does seem that way. I pray my fingers don't give up on me lol.
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I've got a good gig bag but it's not a specific waterproof one. I think I'll wrap the guitar in thick towels, and wrap that in waterproof bags and wrap that in a towel then put that in the gig bag and then just have that. Nothings getting through that. And even if it does, it will only be a bit of damp.



Spray the gig bag you've got with Camp Dry....a LOT of Camp Dry.

No soft case is going to be totally 'waterproof', but a good one that's had a liberal application of water repellent will protect from anything short of immersion.

I've actually got a waterproof duffle (allegedly good for immersion to 300 ft...) that's large enough to put a standard gig bag w/guitar inside, and it's got backpack straps, but it was around $200 IIRC.
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I do miss it but it was crippling me. Life is a series of events that takes away shit that you love. You either learn to roll with the punches or die.

Pretty sure you die either way.

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Riding a bike is tantamount to immersion. The water is being blasted in at high speed.


I know, and I suspect if one silicones a good grade of gig bag properly that it would hold up to even immersion for quite some time, but as I haven't tested that theory I'm loathe to claim it.

I do use the silicone water repellents on my tents and I've never had a water problem, even in the nastiest storm, wind and downpour, so that's something but still...

I'm thinking a duffle like I mentioned above might be his best solution.
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