My first guitar, 45 years ago, came in a cheap cardboard case. That case did not have a lock, as I recall (that case went in the trash years ago). However, the 30 or so guitars I've owned since then each came in at least a decent hard case, and each case had a lock.
This morning I was refilling the Planet Waves humidifiers for my three guitars, each with a TKL case. It occurred to me that in all these years I have never, not even once, locked a guitar case.
I mean, what would the purpose be? To prevent a burglar from breaking into my house, removing my guitar from its unlocked case, and running off with it leaving the case behind? That makes no sense.
Or I should lock my guitar in its case while taking a break during a gig to prevent somebody from stealing it? Nope, makes no sense.
So tell me, has anybody ever used that little lock (that would take 5 seconds to defeat with a screwdriver)?
Three of my 5 grandkids live within 4 blocks from my house. They come by here at least once per week. Never once has any one of them damaged any of my guitars which, until last year, were all out on stands. The worst they ever did was drop a pick in the soundhole of the acoustic. I suppose my son and his wife are raising good kids.
Now, my granddaughter from out of town accidentally broke a string on a small acoustic I have. She went into a bedroom and cried herself to sleep, even though I told her it was all right. She was messing with the tuning keys and over-tightened one and the string broke.
But I suppose that shows you what kind of grandkids I have and their reverence for musical instruments. No Pete Townshends in my bunch!
I have locking hard cases for three of my instruments, but have never even tried to lock them to see if the key actually works. I don't see the point either.
Kids of all ages (including us) are *drawn* to guitars and musical instruments in general.
No kid--including myself--can walk past a piano without tapping at least one key. It's The Law, and I don't want to go to jail.
Some people don't keep their cases locked, and in certain cases [har! SNORT] it means some players became players because someone else's guitar was not secured. Stevie Vaughan is one of those players you may have heard of.
Last Edit: Mar 2, 2020 10:47:21 GMT -5 by Peegoo 🏁
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Nope, I've never locked mine, either, for the reasons you mentioned, Ragtop. I have four grandkids, and when they're around, I make sure the guitars aren't easily accessible. We do play a game where they get to drop picks into the soundhole of one of my acoustics, but it's a cheap old Fender all laminate job that I'm not worried about getting damaged.
P.S. This talk of locking cases reminds me of a true story - may have even happened on the old, FDP.
A younger player received their new guitar & case in the mail, and they posted online that they couldn't figure out how to open the case...it was the old-style, square Fender case with the round knobs that you slide over to releash the pop-up latches! They had never encountered a case like this, and couldn't get it open to see their new guitar! Until someone on the forum explained to them how those little latches work!
Cracked me up. Generational lack of information/experience.
I used to be married. The person I was married to used to throw out comments like she'll sell my guitars while I'm at work if the money starts running low.
It might have been a deterrent.
(In the end though, she divorced ME (go figure) and ultimately even though I didn't lose the guitars in the divorce agreement, I did end up having to sell everything eventually to fund things like food, a bed, etc.)