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Old 07-16-2019, 07:53 AM
JazzyJ JazzyJ is offline
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Default How to cut guitar case to fit preamp?

Hi all,

I've bought a 'Tanglewood' Travel guitar and a SKB 1SKB300 Hard Case (advertised to fit Baby Taylor/Martin LX).

The Tanglewood would be a 'snug fit' (if it were not for the preamp controls) as it is with Taylor/Martin guitars, according to my research as is shown in the photos on the SKB website. (my point being that a Baby Taylor or Martin LX would have the same issue if a preamp with controls was installed)

I have a preamp in the Tanglewood with a volume and tone knob that protrude from the guitar so that it won't fit in the case (without 'squashing' the knobs). Thus I need to cut a piece out to make room for the preamp so that the guitar will fit.

Has anyone had any experince with this particular case or how to go about this in general. Essentially I don't want to 'destroy' the lining in the process....

Any insight would be appreciated.

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Old 07-16-2019, 10:11 AM
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Some time ago with a similar problem I was able to compress (crush) the structural foam to make room for a side mount preamp in this type of case. It worked fine and probably looked a lot better than cutting a piece out.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:23 AM
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Some time ago with a similar problem I was able to compress (crush) the structural foam to make room for a side mount preamp in this type of case. It worked fine and probably looked a lot better than cutting a piece out.
How dod you 'crush/compress' the foam? With a clamp or something like that?
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:39 AM
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I recall compressing it a little bit at a time with the handle side of a large screwdriver.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:42 PM
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I would use a standard C-clamp to crush the foam a bit, making room for the control buttons. Some padding would be appropriate on the outside surface to avoid marring the case's exterior.
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