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What are the different parts of a guitar case?

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Some different parts of a traditional wood guitar case include latches, hinges, handles, latch assemblies, wood frame, the covering and lining material. Cloth guitar cases, usually called gig bags, are made with fabric inside and out, and they usually close via a zipper.

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The main skeleton of a wood-based guitar case is constructed of thick veneer. This can be four or five layers of either 1/16- or 1/20-inch thick veneer. Popular materials include poplar and maple. For those constructing cases from scratch, heavy veneer is difficult to find in retail. It may also be called laminating veneer and is used by furniture manufacturers. Another possibility is using bending veneer, which is 1/8-inch thick, three-ply and easier to find.

Traditional wood cases use split rivets to attach handles, latches and hinges. The rivets tend to be stronger than simple screws. The length of the rivet depends on the thickness of the wood being used. Felt is typically used for the interior of a case. The exterior of the case is often made of a vinyl material with the trade name Tolex. The name Tolex was trademarked in 1945; however, it is now a generic name for any similar material, and only Fender and Rickenbacker tend to use actual Tolex.

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