#2
Should be fine. What does a Gibson HS case cost in comparison? Of course the better the fit the better the protection.
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#6
You have to watch some of the aftermarket cases. I bought one from MF that was supposed to fit my LP. Unfortunately it doesnt fit either one. My standard model epi wont even fit its to long and my LP100 flops around inside. I have an original epi LP hardcase and it fits just right. So spend the extra and get the epi case they must have gone up mine was 45$ from MF.
#7
One nice thing about Epi Elitists is they came with a really nice hardshell case included.
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