The best of both worlds!
A couple of my guitar cases were damaged in a basement flood. So when I first started looking for replacements, I thought it was a great opportunity to upgrade to something a little nicer than the cheap, flimsy soft cases I was using before.
Like many people, I absolutely love my guitars and I wanted the best option I could afford. Soft cases + gig bags are affordable, light-weight, and often have pockets for things extra accessories. However, they don't always offer the best protection and some are poorly made. On the other hand, hard cases provide excellent protection, but they are very heavy and quite expensive.
My research brought me to Sweetwater (which, by the way, is one of the few online retailers to offer this product). And I have to say, it is the perfect solution. The fuzzy-lined molded-foam interior holds my Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue snugly and safely. The exterior backpack straps make it easy for me to trek to and from practices and gigs. The extra pockets carry all the necessary accessories like cables, strings, strap, etc. And the overall quality is top-notch. It feels built to last a long time.
Simply put... the SKB-SC56 has hard case protection with gig bag portability! (I am so impressed with this case that I plan to get the SKB-SC30 model for my electro-acoustic Takamine.) For me, the price is well worth the cost to protect my beloved instruments. Stop reading this and get one already! You will not be disappointed :)