Despite being quite expensive, guitar cases are necessary especially if you are a musician always on the road traveling to gigs. With years of frequent use, the greatest tendency for wear and tear is the handles falling off since these are the least secure components of the case. If you love doing easy home repairs yourself, or you are on a budget, this guide is for you. You can get your guitar case handle replaced in no time.
Home repairs can be quite a challenge if you’re not sure what you’re doing, and often you will be stuck with the results for a long time until you can afford a replacement. We want to make things easier for you. Follow this step-by-step guide to replace your guitar case handle in no time and return it to solid working condition.
The handle is the easiest and most commonly needed repair of a guitar case. One of the most frequently faced problems for guitar players is when the handle breaks or snaps off from the case entirely. In this article, we will show you the temporary quick fix for a broken handle as well as the more permanent fix that may need more extra steps to accomplish.
Quick and Temporary Fix –
1. You will need duct tape. Use approximately 3 to 4 feet of duct tape and wrap it like a cocoon. Your hand and wrist will be doing a “reeling a fishing pole” motion. This will be the guitar handle that you will be grabbing to carry the guitar case.
2. Bend the makeshift handle into a crescent moon shape.
3. Put the end of the duct-tape handle on the case where the original handle previously existed.
4. Use a pair of scissors to cut pieces of duct tape, approximately 4 inches long, to secure the edges of the handle, firmly attaching it onto the guitar case.
5. Pick up the handle and secure it firmly with more duct tape until it stays connected with the guitar case.
Permanent Solution –
1. Empty the case and gently remove all the broken pieces of the handle still attached to the case.
2. Use a wire cutter to remove the original rivet by snapping it into two equal parts.
3. You will need to buy a new handle and slide it into the original place of the old handle. You can get a new guitar case handle from our store, so be sure to check out our diverse inventory for your options.
4. Remove the split rivets, making sure the flat ends are on the inside of the handle.
5. Make sure to bend the ends of the rivets to a 90-degree angle as much as possible so it will hold the handle in place securely.
If you are able to follow these steps correctly, your guitar case will be ready for another 20 years of heavy use, especially if you love touring and attending music festivals and gigs. If you aren’t sure how to do it properly, don’t risk further damage.
Just make sure to contact us so we can give you useful tips on how to replace the guitar handle correctly. You can also check out luggage shops, music or retail stores, or repair shops that will be willing to do the job for you for a small fee.
But don’t look too far for the perfect guitar case handle replacement. Just check out our online inventory for affordable options. We have more than 3,000 items growing steadily to supply retail stores with quality hard-to-find parts. If you are looking for a particular type of guitar case handle, feel free to contact us for more information and assistance.