The offer for the soft guitar cases did a lot of progress lately. Gone are the days of ugly cases which do not really protect our beloved instruments. We now have a wide range of cases including ones manufactured by Mono (monocreators.com) and Gator (gatorcases.com). Here's below is a comparison between two similar models for electric guitar: The models reviewed:
  • Gator G-PG Electric
  • Mono Sleeve
Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout Note that I bought the Mono case for my personal needs and the Gator belongs to Simon Ghnassia who owns the splendid Esquire built by luthier Didier Duboscq you can see in a photo below.
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Long live the shoulder straps!

The two cases are equipped with large comfortable and adjustable straps to walk with our instruments without excessive fatigue and without sawing our shoulders. Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout We can see in this picture of the profiles of the two cases that the Gator is quite thicker, hence a better protection. It holds by itself alone on the side whereas I am obliged to keep the Mono on balance with the tip of my shoe you can see on the photo. Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout

The Mono Sleeve case

The Sleeve has one pocket with a zipper and covered with a flap which is certainly very stylish but not really practical to use. Indeed, closing it with metal buckle is not very convenient. This pocket has a good volume and hosts without problem some pedals, jacks, tuner, metronome, etc. Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout The insertion or extraction of the guitar is done by the top of the case. One can note the special padding to hold the neck in the middle of the case: Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout The strong points:
  • Design
  • The finesse
  • Backpack straps
  • Build quality
The weak point:
  • The flap metal buckle, pretty but not really practical

The Gator G-PG case

The G-PG opens fully in half as you can see (which is not the case for the Mono). The handle is properly seated in the center of the case and the bottom strap button on the guitar is protected (as on the Mono where such protection exists but also thinner). Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout Pockets, pockets and more pockets! The G-PG is full of them, very well done Gator: Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout There's even a pocket with a rain protection you can use to cover the case: Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout The big pocket is spacious to put all your gear easily: Gator vs Mono - Electric guitar soft case shootout The strong points:
  • Excellent protection of the guitar
  • Many pockets!
  • Backpack straps
  • Quality really excellent workmanship
The weak point:
  • Not very stylish

Conclusion

From a price perspective, we are here with two models in the same price range of about 120 to 130 €. It is not cheap but in both cases it is a very good instrument protection. It is not on this point that a winner will emerge. On the manufacturing quality side, again, this is good stuff from both sides. With perhaps a slight advantage on the Gator side. The inside of the case looks so cozy that would almost want to sleep in! The choice will be done on features. You want lots of pockets and maximum protection? Take the Gator. Looking for a sleeker design and slightly lighter? Take the Mono. Being a big fan of the guitar in mobility (see article describing my mobile configuration), I can only encourage you to equip yourself with a quality soft case and to leave the bulky and heavy hard case in your cupboards or cellars to enjoy your beautiful six-string friend anywhere without breaking your back while protecting your instrument. You will find your happiness among Gator or Mono or in other brands offering similar products. Until the next gear review, continue to play the guitar! Pierre. [/s2If]

Gator vs Mono – Electric guitar soft case shootout