Well I thought I’d share with you the custom hard shell case I made for my 2009 custom built dragon themed Zendrum ZX - Z4 – the Draken
– the only
Zendrum in the world with mother-of-pearl in-lays (3 total). It also holds the record for the longest build: 173 days from start to Version 4.3 installed. But I digress….
I found a used mint condition Gator Deluxe ABS Stratocaster Electric Guitar Case at a local pawn shop for $20. These are available new at GC, MF, etc for $80 plus S/H.
Using the wife’s kitchen knives (long-blade) and a razor blade, I cut out the lower case section top box and guitar neck USP foam insert and fabric flush with the existing base foam. I left the front storage box intact for future use.
I then reinforced the front storage box center wall by gluing a piece of end of a 2” plastic from an old binder I had laying around the house. The ‘glue’ was silicon caulking.
After filling in the divots from my hacking job with silicon caulking, I relined the exposed foam cut area with a new piece of plush material I got from a sewing supply store. Here’s wear it got a bit tricky. I tested rubber cement, Elmer’s glue, wood glue and various other mind-altering adhesives; all of which failed to hold the fabric or leave a clean look. I finally settled on black silicon caulking. I could control the spread well, it gave me a lot of time to set the fabric, remains soft and flexible, and being black, it blended into the black plush fabric.
fits perfectly with the tail tip lying in the pre-existing foam notch (I tucked some extra fabric padding in this notch). When the case is closed, the upper foam sections snugly, but not too tight, sandwich the Zendrum to prevent movement. Part of the upper lid section has soft padding which lines up with most of the Zendrum surface. In the photo you can see the pad impressions in the fabric. With the Zendrum at a slight angle in the case, there is ample room for the strap to lie, including in my situation, the wireless MIDI and Power Box.
The remaining storage box which is spill proof with the case shut stores extra batteries, pens, tape, etc. The left side of the case holds the extra gear I need such as the other end of my Wireless MIDIJet Pro/Xfrm, my Merge Brick/Xfrm and 20’ MIDI Cable for back-up, and ¼” patch cables. There is still plenty of room for more stuff if I need.
As I had several extra custom decals left over, I used one of the 3D versions that is on the Draken for inside of the case. I carefully cut out the fabric around the decal, mounted the decal to a white plastic backing, and glued it in place. Using the same concept, I mounted a flat decay to the outside of the case.Total cost: $24.87
All 20 photos can be seen at:http://s122.photobucket.com/albums/o264/peabody58/Draken%20Case/
Thank you for looking! I hope some of you find this helpful.