Liteflite guitar case build quality

Unique “Liteflite” Construction

The criteria for the design called for the construction of the very best lightweight cases possible, encompassing the use of the finest modern materials. The result is a range of cases manufactured using a unique composite double moulded construction which gives unparalleled protection for your instrument from a lightweight case with a low/medium retail price range.

Plastic

The construction consists of a moulded, high impact resistant A.B.S. plastic outer shell. This is bonded directly to an inner moulding manufactured from a unique blend of ‘High Tech’ cellular foam. The inner moulding is feather light and, being semi-rigid, is designed to soak up impact shocks from the outside world. The UNIQUE bonding of the inner moulding to the outer shell gives unbeatable, total structural rigidity. This is UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER CASE IN THE WORLD in our price range.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, (A.B.S.) due to its unique balance of properties, produces mouldings which have strength, toughness and rigidity over a wide temperature range. These characteristics make it the first choice for applications throughout manufacturing businesses worldwide. Uses vary from computer housings to motor car bumpers and of course, Hiscox Cases!

Fabric and Padding

A crushed velvet type fabric competes the interior, we use different grades depending on each case type. Bonded directly onto the shaped foam moulding is the fabric, giving a neatly tailored luxurious feel, which is perfectly fitted every time. Extra cushioning is provided by upholstered pads in the PRO and Artist ranges and are factory fitted in key areas. To customise the body, we can provide loose pads therefore providing a closer fit for a particular instrument.

Strength

The aluminium valance is unique to Hiscox Cases. It’s design increases the rigidity of the case and ensures a positive location of lid to base when the two halves are closed. The valance extends deep inside the case behind the plastic shell, into which all the hardware (handles, catches, hinges etc.) is riveted. This is unlike any other case on the market. This method of fixing greatly reduces the possibility of fittings working loose. With their incredible structural rigidity, all Hiscox ‘Liteflite’ cases exhibit enormous crush strength – as a result even our standard case range have has been tested to over 500kg (five fully grown people).

Excellent Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation test results. Hiscox Liteflite Pro II case versus a plywood case and other moulded case with polystyrene inner moulding.

Hot Test

All three cases were at 16°C before being placed in the oven. The oven temperature started at 24°C, rising to 70 °C after one hour. A thermal probe was placed inside the closed cases, and the temperature inside the case was checked at intervals up to one hour.

Time taken to reach 35°C internally

      • Plywood case = 20 minutes
      • Other moulded case = 27 minutes
      • Hiscox Liteflite case = 45 minutes

Cold Test

All three cases were at 16°C internally before being placed in the freezer set to -20°C. A thermal probe was placed inside the closed cases, as with the hot test.

Time taken for interior of cases to drop to 0°C

      • Plywood case = 14 minutes
      • Other moulded case = 25 minutes
      • Hiscox Liteflite case = 42 minutes
Conclusion

Both the hot and cold tests clearly show the noteworthy temperature insulation properties of the Hiscox Liteflite structure.
As a result, the Hiscox structure exhibits superior thermal insulation properties when compared to plywood and other moulded cases despite being lighter in weight.
Case weights as tested:

      • Plywood case = 4.5kg
      • Other moulded case = 4.7kg
      • Hiscox Liteflite case = 4.0kg

Why Buy a Hard Case?

Quite simply – protection! Sadly, this is often a neglected aspect of buying a musical instrument. It doesn’t matter how much the instrument cost financially if it is valuable to you, therefore it is worth protecting (travelling with a stringed instrument).

Gig bags are great for keeping the dust and the kid’s sticky fingers off your prized possession, and maybe even the wind and rain. But what happens when you get forced against a lamppost in the street or you’re trying to squeeze through a crowded doorway. Knocks, bumps and breakage suddenly become a very real, and potentially costly danger.

A good quality hard case will significantly reduce the risk of instrument damage and may even be limited to the case itself. There are hard cases and there are hard cases and, as with most things in life, you only get what you pay for. There are many cheap cases available but check the quality, the guarantee (if any) and the after sales support and repair service.

What makes a Good Instrument Case?

Adapted from an article by Alan Marshall, GUITAR October 1999

The first requirement for most people is to ensure that the case can be lifted without the aid of a fork lift truck. If it’s so heavy that you are reluctant, or unable, to carry it up a couple of flights of stairs. You may be less than inclined to use it – which sort of defeats the object.

Secondly, the case must fit the instrument properly. Now, this might be a problem with some unusual instruments, but it is vitally important that you get the best possible fit. Try dropping an egg in an egg box (put an elastic band around it to stop the lid falling open) from about 3 feet onto a hard floor, and there is a very good chance that it will survive long enough for you to get it into the frying pan. Try the same again, but with the egg in a strong but loose-fitting box, and you will find that it is ready for scrambling, once you have picked out the shattered shell.

The same applies to instruments, especially acoustic ones. The instrument should fit the case snugly; not so tight that it’s hard to push into place, but with no room for it to move around.

Thirdly, the case must be rigid and strong enough to resist any hazards that it will encounter during normal day-to-day use. If you are travelling with your instrument, particularly on the road with a van load of PA gear, amps and a drum kit, or even going abroad by plane, then to ensure that your instrument will survive into old age it’s very important that you invest in a quality hard case or flight case.