I know many guitarists spend a lot of time and hard earned money hunting out the perfect amp to complete their rig. So, it is with little wonder that most guitarists take pride in their equipment and want to look after not only the inner workings, but also the cosmetic appearance of their amps. So, the rigours of live performance, carting the amp in and out of cars and vans, onto stages, up loading docks and around rehearsal rooms can very quickly take its toll on your pride and joy. This can be even worse if you leave your amp in the unwieldy hands of roadies or stage crews, who can often treat you, gear like they were baggage handlers at an airport. So, this is where you need to consider protection for your amp, this is where you need to consider Gator.
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The G-Tour series of cases is built to be road ready and ensure all you equipment is properly taken care of when in transit. I have a couple of their keyboard cases myself and know just how much of a beating they can take without any wear and tear appearing on my precious instruments. So, an item like the Gator Transport 212 is the perfect accompaniment for many guitarists who want to look after their larger combo amps. It fits a range of 2x12 combos and speaker cabinet sizes, with light weight wooden walls covered in in the same tough nylon material you find on your normal luggage bags. The hard mould ensures you amp stays put in a central position and the internal padded walls made up of 20mm foam covered in tricot add for extra protection. It also has reinforced sides if you want to prop your amp on top and use it as a stand and has supporting rails to prevent the amp from vibrating off the stage during performance.
Now, this particular case is great because it is super light weight, looks exactly like any other luggage bag which some people will love and all the while remaining tough. The addition of castors and the retractable travel handle makes moving the fully loaded unit around fairly easy and the bonus here is the front storage sleeve for extra bits and pieces like leads, brilliant! They’ve also gone one step further providing heavy duty wrap around zips ensuring there is no way your amp can break free and will handle even the roughest of touring and cargo conditions. It also includes extra heavy duty sliders on each side if the amp gets dragged through an airport conveyor belt and extra handles on each side of the case for ease of movement if you need a little help from your band mates.
In all, it may seem like an unwanted extra expense and may add a few minutes to your set up and pack down time when going to and from gigs, but really, what is more important? A little extra pocket change or an amp that looks good and works every time? I think most of you will agree the Gator Transporter 212 is an invaluable piece of touring equipment that will keep your rig running smoothly time and time again.
BY ROB GEE
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