Paintball Guitar Case




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

Step 1: Overview & Supplies

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

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

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!

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.



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70 Discussions


3 years ago on Introduction

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!


7 years ago on Introduction

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


11 years ago on Introduction

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

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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


7 years ago on Introduction

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


10 years ago on Introduction

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.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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


8 years ago on Step 4

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


11 years ago on Introduction

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