Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case Review

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Hello and welcome to my review of the Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hardshell Case.

This review will look at a number of factors and determine what I think of the case as well as show you what others think of it.

Amongst other things, the review will take the following into account:

  • Protection/Fit
  • Durability
  • Weight/Compactness
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Functionality

Table of Contents

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Overall Rating

  • Case: Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought Hard Case
  • Price: MSRP $109 (USD)
  • Fits: Dreadnought acoustic guitars (particularly Epiphones)
  • Rating Score: 84.3/100

PROS

  • Strong Protection/High Quality
  • Durable
  • Stylish (in eye of beholder)

CONS

  • Heavy/bulky
  • Latches not the tightest
  • Lid falls easily back down when open

Specs

Dimensions (internal)

in INCHESin MILLIMETERS
Overall Length:45.5″1155mm
Lower Bout (width):16″406mm
Upper Bout (width):12.25″311mm
Body Depth:5″127mm

Outer case dimensions

in INCHESin MILLIMETERS
Overall Length:51″1295mm
Lower Bout (width):21″533mm
Body Depth:7″178mm

Weight

This case weighs 13 lbs (5.9 kg)

Best Uses

This case will be the best fit for the guitars it’s made for – that is Epiphone Dreadnoughts (see list below). that’s not to say that it won’t fit other dreadnoughts – but be sure to measure up and make sure your guitar will fit before you buy.

This is a nice quality constructed hard case – so it’s suitable for travelling with the guitar via van, car etc. But it’s not a flight case so if you want to fly with your guitar I would suggest getting a flight case.

Also it’s a nice seal so it’s good for storing your case in at home for humidity control.

Not the best if you are going to walk with the case a lot. it’s one of the heavier cases I have seen (13lbs) – so it will get heavy quickly when carrying. So definitely not suitable for kids. If you walk a lot then I’d suggest getting a lighter case than this.

Details

Check out the details below for a number of different factors.

Protection/Fit

This is a strong case and quality made so the protection is really good.

But that of course depends on fit – if your guitar can move around in there then it won’t be good for protection.

This guitar is reported to fit Epiphone Dreadnought acoustic guitars well. If you are going to be putting in a non-Epiphone dreadnought then definitely do some measurements first and make sure it will fit.

Note that this is definitely one of the longer cases (I think because Epiphone wants it to be able to fit all of their dreadnoughts, including 12 strings) – so you might have some space above the headstock in there. You could add your own padding in there for a snugger fit if there is that space in there.

Epiphone says that this case is suitable for the:

  • AJ-500M (Adv. Jumbo)
  • AJ-500M (Adv. Jumbo)
  • AJ-500R (Adv. Jumbo)
  • DR-500M (Dreadnought)
  • DR-500M (Dreadnought)
  • DR-500R (Dreadnought)
  • AJ-500ME (Adv. Jumbo)
  • DR-500ME (Dreadnought)
  • DR-500MCE (Dreadnought)
  • AJ-500RE (Adv. Jumbo)
  • DR-100 (Dreadought)
  • AJ-100 (Adv. Jumbo)
  • DR-212 (Dreadnought 12-string)
  • DR-220S (Dreadnought)
  • AJ-220S
  • HUMMINGBIRD (Dreadnought)
  • DOVE (Dreadnought)
  • AJ-100CE (Adv. Jumbo)
  • AJ-220SCE
  • Inspired by “1964” Texan Acoustic/Electric
  • “John Lennon” EJ-160E (Adj. Jumbo)
  • Dave Navarro “Jane” Acoustic/Electric
  • DR-90T Acoustic Player Pack
  • AJ-220ST Solid Top Acoustic Player Pack

If you have an Epiphone acoustic that’s not on this list, then check out what case Epiphone recommends for your guitar.

Durability

Reports are pre-dominantly positive in terms of the robustness and durability of this case.

Ease of Carry

it’s got a nice solid handle. But the best handle in the world won’t make up for the weight. If you’re only carrying the case from building to car to building then it won’t be an issue – but if you want to be walking a lot with this case then it is going to get very heavy very quickly.

Compact

This case is quite bulky and quite heavy. Not the most compact and certainly not the lightest option going around.

Hardware

The hardware is good quality and heavy duty. Should provide a good seal. Although there were some reports of the latches being a little bit loose and some recommending that you always lock the lockable latch.

Also there was one review that said that the lid of the case falls easily when open – so watch your fingers! And watch that your guitar is properly in the case.

Reviews

100% of the 43 people who reviewed this case on musiciansfriend.com said they would recommend this case. Note that a vast majority of these reviewers said they used the case for an Epiphone Dreadnought Guitar.

It has received 4.7/5 stars on Amazon.com (from 87 reviews) and 4.7/5 stars on MusiciansFriend.com (from 43 reviews).

Storage Space

There is adequate storage space in the compartment under the neck for tuners, picks, strings, straps etc.

Storage compartment is 4″ (102 mm) wide at the narrow end and tapers to 4.75″ wide (121 mm). It’s 7.75″ (197 mm) long and 4.5″ (114 mm) deep.

Style

Style is always subjective but I like the look of the brown leather seams, and brown handle and gold hardware. Some others agree that the case looks good, whilst some think that it looks cheap. Always in the eye of the beholder!

Score Breakdown and Final Verdict

Check out the table below for the breakdown of the score I give for the Epiphone EDREAD case.

Out of 100Overall Contribution to Score
Protection/Fit9022.5
Durability9514.3
Ease of Carry609.0
Compact707.0
Hardware808.0
Recommended10015.0
Storage space854.3
Style854.3
TOTAL SCORE84.3/100

Note: Things like protection get more contribution to the final score, and things like style get less – this is a reflection of what I believe is more or less important in a guitar case

Overall the Epiphone EDREAD case seems to be a solid, durable case that offers good protection and fit (for Epiphone dreadnoughts).

It is heavy and bulky so less suitable for walking with but great for vehicle travel and for storing your guitar at home.

Value-for-Money

This case is a bit more expensive than the average case, but not by much. It offers the protection of more expensive cases though.

If you have one of the Epiphone guitars listed in the “protection/fit” heading above, then I would definitely recommend getting this case if the heaviness/bulkiness isn’t an issue for you. For other guitars you could consider this case but there other options too.

Where to Buy/more info

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Check out the links below for more info on this case plus a bunch of user reviews so you can see what others thought of this case.

Thanks for reading and I hope this review has helped you to decide whether or not the Epiphone EDREAD Dreadnought case is for you.

If you want to check out some other hard case reviews on Six String Acoustic, check out Acoustic Guitar Hard Case Reviews.

By Nate Pallesen

Nate is just your average (above average) guitar player. He's no Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page - wait this site is about acoustic guitars (sorry) He's no Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, or Michael Hedges, wait? who!? He's no Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton or Ben Harper - more familiar? Anyway you get the point :-)

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