If you are visiting this site then you already know that I am blessed with the good fortune to represent the finest Luthiers in the world. My clients have continuously expressed an interest obtaining the very best protective cases for the superb instruments in which they have invested, and this led me to a two year long quest for the best case in the world. None of the cases on the market currently seem to possess the combination of strength and light weight that my clients were seeking. They might be strong but heavy, or light but not strong enough, and so on. One day I received a newer Greg Smallman guitar and it was housed in a clearly superior case. The more I learned about this case, the more I became convinced that Greg had found what I had been looking for-the best case in the World. The Karura light weight guitar case.
The more I discovered, the more impressed I became. Other cases use fiberglass which is relatively weak, and quite heavy by comparison. Or, they use a simple arrangement of lower priced/lower strength impregnated carbon/Kevlar mat which has a relatively lower crush resistance. In contrast, Karura cases use the same sophisticated high-tech carbon fiber construction that is used in the competitive yachting and aeronautical industries. The Karura construction is expensive, but it pays off by yielding a very strong system.
The Karura construction consists of 100% high strength carbon fiber cloth (not a weaker Kevlar blend!) covered with Gelcoat, a patented structural foam core, and an additional layer of high strength carbon fiber cloth all infused with a durable impact resistant resin. Karura uses the vacuum infusion process to reduce the emissions and thus produce perfectly formed components every time. The result of this effort is the strongest light weight guitar/flight case that you will find in my opinion.
Cases can be ordered in standard or custom fit configurations. A highly accurate custom fit is achieved by utilizing Karura’s extensive measurement form in combination with a body tracing. All cases are entirely hand made to deliver a perfect fit. The interior cradles the guitar on patented ultra foam cushion beds, surrounding the guitar so it literally floats in this protective zone which insulates it from temperature extremes- while absorbing even violent shocks or drops. Interlocking Rubber gaskets, hinges and lockable catches create a virtually impenetrable seal between the two halves of the case. While not even very heavy fully metallic cases used by touring musicians can guarantee no damage will ever occur to an instrument, when it comes to a light-weight case like the Karura, no other case in its class provides more protection from damaging crush forces.
I highly recommend a case cover, although not required, that adds protection for the case finish as well as additional thermal and impact protection for the instrument inside.
Do you homework as I did, and I am confident that you will reach the same conclusion: These are simply the best light-weight carbon fiber cases in the world. Please use the navigation buttons at the top of this page to read about finish/color options and for easy to follow instruction about how to place an order. Any questions? Feel free to contact me...