My 1984 Taylor 815C, purchased new directly from Taylor Guitars, had made it through hundreds of bar gigs. It survived being strapped to the back of a mule while crossing a lagoon in Mexico, while I waded along behind and watched the water approaching within two inches of the case.
On a 1995 Sunday afternoon in the high desert of southwest Texas, however, it could not ride out the turbulence of a severely inebriated woman. In its leather gig bag, it leaned against a sofa, following a jam session. Behind me came the woman, holding a drink, shouting unintelligible inanities. She stumbled, she wavered, but gravity had its way and the way was directly onto my Taylor. I heard the neck snap as she fell across it and could not bear to unzip the case and survey the damage until returning home. End game: Taylor installed a new neck and it still plays beautifully. The lesson: use hard cases, especially around those unable to manage their… ah, their beverages.
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