Introduction: Paintball Guitar Case

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Mod an old guitar case into a custom paintball gear case.

Step 1: Overview & Supplies

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Hey everyone! This won't be a typical instructable; I had too much fun doing the project and completely forgot to document what I was doing along the way. Fortunately, there's really no special skills or knowledge needed to make your own custom paintball gear case.

Let's get started!

You'll need the following supplies:
- Guitar case
- One half yard of 4" high density foam
- All purpose spray adhesive
- 1 or 2 yards of fleece
- An electric knife
- An old newspaper
- A marker
- Scissors

The guitar case should be a hard shell case with a soft lining in it. The high density foam is custom fit and relies on friction to stay in place. If you don't already have a guitar case, check with a local Guitar Center and ask if they have an old case you can buy for cheap (or free if you or your buddy works there).

The high density foam can be purchased at a craft store like Michaels or Joanns. A half yard of 4" foam will run about $22.00 so make sure you grab the store flyer that comes out every Sunday (they almost always come with a 40% off coupon). This will put the price around $12.00.

Step 2: Measuring & Cutting

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Grab your case, newspaper, marker, scissors, and electric knife for this step.

Take one sheet of newspaper and lay it inside the body of the guitar case. Trace the edges of the case on the newspaper and cut it out. Lay your template on the high density foam and trace the shape to the foam.

Use your electric knife to cut the guitar shape out of the foam. Make sure that the shape you cut out will fit snugly in the case or you'll just be wasting foam.

Once you have the foam in the case, take some time and experiment with the layout of your gear. When you've decided where everything will go, trace out the shapes of your equipment and start cutting.

Step 3: Installing the Fleece

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After everything is cut and all your gear is in place, it's time to apply the fleece.

Start by removing everything from the foam and removing the foam from the case. Lay the fleece across the foam and cut the fleece to the same shape as the foam making sure to leave about 2" of excess all the way around.

Take the spray adhesive and apply a liberal amount to the foam. Quickly put the fleece in place and adjust as necessary (pull taut and remove wrinkles).

Cut the fleece to allow access to the holes in the foam.

Install the foam in the case and push the excess fleece in down around the edges of the case.

Step 4: All Done!

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Once everything is dry, put your gear in place and admire your handiwork. Here are a few side notes that you may helpful:
-To keep my gun from shifting, I cut out a long rectangle piece from the leftover foam. The piece statically clings to the furry lining of the case.
- Use leftover foam to make the pieces that will hold your tank in place.
- The built-in compartment is a great place to put your small paintball tools and equipment.
- This is not the sturdiest of materials. After some hard use, you will start to notice some edges of fleece separating from the foam.

That's it! If anybody out there gives this a try, I would really like to see your results.


Justin Evans made it! (author)2015-09-13

I was inspired by your instructable and made a custom case of my own. Let me know what you think:

imark77 (author)2015-06-26

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet ( at least a word search didn't find it ), and is mostly the reason I clicked on the article.

there is an Anime called Gunslinger Girl

the main difference is A. real weapons B. a violin case, but the exact same concept.

with all that said, I think this is an awesome case idea!and I'm not in to paintball!

Aron313 (author)2012-03-05

OHHH NOOOOO what happened to that guitar case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

receiver545 (author)2008-05-01

now how would i be able to put this gun in a case like that, when i have 2 20oz tanks to put in there! lol i have the same case too! l

mg0930mg (author)receiver5452009-08-23

What gun is that, too dark to see...

senseisean (author)mg0930mg2010-10-29

Looks like a Tippmann A-5 with response trigger and Flatline Barrel.
He also has the stock barrel in there as well.

mg0930mg (author)senseisean2010-10-30

*facepalm* not the guitar case.

deobomb (author)mg0930mg2011-08-05

its an A-5 with a Flatline barrel M-4 style stock built in grip with a stove pipe hopper made to not jam and a response trigger witch means only semi auto
the scope seems to be a red dot but i cant see it all haw ever these can be found at they have really good deals on all there guns

guitarmonk15 (author)deobomb2011-08-06

wait, which marker are you talking about, the one that is in the comments, or the one in the Instructable's Author's pictures?

deobomb (author)guitarmonk152011-08-29

the one in the comments

mg0930mg (author)deobomb2011-08-06

Yes, two years later, I have since figured that out...

mg0930mg (author)senseisean2010-10-30

Although I would guess, a tippmann 98 custom, some kind of stock, flatline, and a scope...

Ward_Nox (author)2011-08-06

for the full la mariachi effect you should make a hinged inner lid that looks like a normal gutiar

bounty1012 (author)2009-01-02

LOL Wire the handle to the trigger and cut a hole in the tip that would be so funny walking through a paintball battle field and your "killing" everyone with a guitar case.

lonerayven (author)bounty10122009-01-07

Like the film "Desperado" starring Antonio Banderas.

Ward_Nox (author)lonerayven2011-08-06

actually Desperado was the second of three movies by Robert Rodreges staring Bandaras as that character the first was La Mariachi he and his companions used weapons either stored in or disguised as a gutiar case (except the one guy who rigged a base chello case to be an RC car/bomb

bruno13069 (author)lonerayven2011-08-06

I was thinking of that when I saw the first pics.

Wesley666 (author)2011-08-06

Are guitar cases long enough to hold a long gun? I would like to make one for my Hex Barrel Remington Pump .22.

akinich (author)2009-01-02

where do you get these guns

gfahey1 (author)akinich2011-06-05

You can get them at any paintball discounter or sporting goods store

Paintballer98 (author)2011-03-17

I am so happy I dont have to spend money on a case built for this.

GreenDay (author)2007-11-03

This is awesome. Gotta love the A-5 too. How do you like the flatline and RT trigger?

field (author)GreenDay2007-12-07

I love the flatline. It's great for suppressive fire.

nerfer192 (author)field2008-01-05

whats a flatline?

GreenDay (author)nerfer1922008-01-05

A tippmann barrel that puts backspin on the ball so that it doesn't lob. The tippmann site explains it pretty well if you're interested.

nerfer192 (author)GreenDay2008-01-06

so kind of like an airsofts hop-up?

GreenDay (author)nerfer1922008-01-06

Exact same technology on a larger scale.

nerfer192 (author)GreenDay2008-01-06

thanks i get it now.

evanwehrer (author)nerfer1922008-08-16

Apex barrel is better

Flatline = more ball breaks. I'd rather just get close enough.

dexterd (author)zippydaspinhead2010-12-12

I have a Tippman X-7 with a flatline barrel.
I know that flatlines do usually cause more breakage, but I can count the number of ball breaks I've had in my numerous years of experience on my hands.
Although, admittedly, that might just be the super-heavy paint the park I frequent uses.

zippydaspinhead (author)dexterd2010-12-13

I have never used the flatline cause I don't need to. I find that I can sneak close enough so it doesn't matter what barrel i use. However i can see the apeal and might try one, but i don't see it being something ill use on a regular basis

receiver545 (author)nerfer1922008-01-19

yea but the flatline barrel is bent , and the hop up is alot different.

lnwlfbsktbll (author)2010-10-10

Nice case. I did a similar thing using a couple old Dewalt power tool cases. Only thing I don't like about mine is I'm afraid somebody might steal it thinking its some tools. Nice instructable.

Splash Wounds (author)2009-12-27

This is so.......freaking....sweet...... I Must make it...Awsome instructible..

m4573rk3yb04rd (author)2009-09-18

i would advise using extra room for extra paintballs

fireman115 (author)2009-07-24

Poor Pooor Guitar Case

belac45 (author)2009-04-14

this is an awesome idea I'm going to give it a try

triplehigh (author)2009-03-09! man I've been looking to get a case, but now...this is genius! thanks for posting.

oblatsky (author)2009-01-04

use normal gun case ven travling by aero plane

waverider894 (author)2008-11-21

Would this work for an ego?

beauwalker23 (author)2008-10-09

haha sweet. I'd do this if i found a cheap guitar case (anyone know where to find one?) and i guess it would help if i had a paintball gun...

lemonie (author)2007-05-20

Can you modify this to shoot while in the case? Gangster style, or didn't a couple of guns in guitar cases appear in Desperado? That would be cool L

field (author)lemonie2007-05-20

Agreed. Shooting the gun while in the case would be cool. That's just a little above my skill level. And yes, Desperado was the inspiration for this project.

baneat (author)field2008-08-24

I think it's called an MP5K and you can get a suitcase to put it in and fire it from there.

PKTraceur (author)baneat2008-08-27

i beleive the MP5K was used used as a sub-rifle for the military

baneat (author)PKTraceur2008-09-22

I believe so too. It definitely has a James bond style suitcase for it to go in with a trigger on the handle though.

T3h_Muffinator (author)lemonie2007-05-20

I watched Desperado in my spanish class about two months ago!

Yes, there were guns in guitar cases ;)

Nice Instructable Animal, I can imagine the look on people's faces when you walk into a paintball shop/field with a guitar case =D

Basta (author)2008-07-02

Awesome. Nice deadly-looking colors, it reminds me of El Mariachi from Once Upon a Time in Mexico (great movie, must see). I suppose this could work with anything that could fit inside a guitar case--I'll have to give it a try when I find and good old case. 5 stars and favorite!

bustedit (author)2008-05-06

Yep, that's definitely hot. As an A5 owner w flatline & RT I give it 2 thumbs up!!

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