• Crossrock Case Company Announces New Fiberglass Mandolin Case

    Crossrock Fiberglass Mandolin Case

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, CALIF. — Crossrock Case Company has announced the availability of two new fiberglass mandolin cases: one designed for both A and F style, and another specific to F style mandolins, both availalbe in four different colors.

    At the time of this news Crossrock has indicated the price could still vary but should be in the neighborhood of $289 for the Universal style while the F style should be $299. As with most of their products, a presale discount of 12% will apply. It's anticipated pre-sales will commence within the next week as soon as their website is updated with the new information.

    Of note, based on feedback from customers, both cases have been designed to fit mandolins with a Tone-Gard.

    Dimensions Share by Both Cases

    • Item specs: 74cm x 35cm x 14cm (29.15 x 13.75" x 5.5")
    • Package dimensions: 38cm x 18cm x 86cm (15" x 7.1" x 34")
    • Net weight: 2.55kg (5.62lb)
    • Shipping weight: 3.5kg (7.7lb)

    Model Number CRF2020MAF - A and F Style

    • Overall length: 71.5cm (28.15")
    • Body length: 38cm (14.95")
    • Width at bridge: 26.5cm (10.45")
    • Max width: 28cm (11")
    • Depth at lower bout: 7cm (2.75")
    • Depth at bridge (max depth): 12cm (4.725")
    • Width at head: 12cm - 13cm (4.725" - 5.12")
    • Accessory compartment size: 9cm x 6cm x 3cm (3.55" x 2.36" x 1.18")

    *The universal style case fits A style mandolin better. For F style, the extra padding strip is necessary.

    Model Number CRF2020MF - F Style

    • Overall length: 71.5cm (28.15")
    • Body length: 35cm (13.8")
    • Width at bridge: 26cm (10.25")
    • Depth at lower bout: 7cm (2.75")
    • Depth at bridge (max depth): 12cm (4.725")
    • Width at head: 12cm - 13cm (4.725" - 5.12")
    • Accessory compartment size: 9cm x 7cm x 3cm (3.55" x 2.75" x 1.18")

    *The F style case fits a Gibson F5 perfectly, for any smaller F style mandolins, the extra padding strip is necessary.

    Crossrock Fiberglass Mandolin Case

    The Improvements

    The module: redesigned to make it much curved. The more curved design makes the case stronger and more stable, as well as better fitting the mandolin. The curved design provides more room for the mandolin bridge and string area. The new mold also increases the space for the head, ensuring that different mandolin head shapes can fit.

    The Hinge: The new fiberglass mandolin case is applied with the new designed Crossrock molded alloy hinge which is stronger and thicker than ever. It is anti-rust and long lasting.

    The Inside: improved from the material to design. There are two versions of the new module case. 1) The universal model fits A style and F style with the help of the removable padding strip. 2) The F model fits F style mandolin specifically. Especially perfectly fits Gibson F-5.

    The Lining: improved from the crushed red velvet to the level 4 dye fixation lining material in dark green.

    TSA lock and backpack straps: like always, the new case also comes with the alloy TSA lock and backpack straps for musician's trip.

    Net weight: should be a little bit heavior than the CRF1020 version since the whole shell is "fatter" than the old one.

    Feedback from our customers indicated the upper lid can be difficult to be lifted. In response, a small metal puller on the side wall of the upper lid, near the position of the handle will be added, so that musicians will be able to open the case easier. This improvement should be finished by September. The first batch of the case will not include this.

    Additional Information


    TSA Lock
    TSA Lock

    Hinge detail
    Hinge Detail
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Paul Statman's Avatar
      Paul Statman -
      Looks great!
    1. Don Grieser's Avatar
      Don Grieser -
      If they really fixed the headstock issue, it should be a winner.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Here are the product pages on their site that have been prepared for launch but are not yet available for pre-ordering. Our contact tells us that starts Monday with the discount, so as of posting this today and through the weekend they'll show Out of Stock which is temporary:

      Fiberglass Mandolin Case – F style fits Gibson F5
      Fiberglass Mandolin Case – A style, Compatible to F
    1. keith.rogers's Avatar
      keith.rogers -
      Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
      If they really fixed the headstock issue, it should be a winner.
      It (headstock area for trad. F5 shape) still looks small-ish in the pictures, especially compared to the more oval-shaped solutions from the higher-priced cases from Calton, Hoffee, and Northfield. Id like a better fit picture.
    1. Cheryl Watson's Avatar
      Cheryl Watson -
      I read online that these cases are made in China. Much online information is not correct, so I am asking here. Can anyone confirm?
    1. MikeEdgerton's Avatar
      MikeEdgerton -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Watson View Post
      I read online that these cases are made in China. Much online information is not correct, so I am asking here. Can anyone confirm?
      I can confirm that the Crossrock guitar case that I've had for a few years has a tag on it that says "Designed in America and Manufactured in China" so there's a pretty good chance these are too. They do have a Contact Us page that you can ask them questions on via e-mail.

      https://crossrockcase.com
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      FYI - those pages are now showing in inventory and available for ordering with their standard 12% discount on a new product:

      Fiberglass Mandolin Case – F style fits Gibson F5
      Fiberglass Mandolin Case – A style, Compatible to F
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Requisite promotion video:

    1. keith.rogers's Avatar
      keith.rogers -
      I see the same [odd/worrying-look, to me] angle of the mandolin in the case that has the top A-string tuner embedded into the padding on the down-side of the case. This was present in the larger, combo case which had a ribbon of extra padding to keep the standard F-style snug in the body. Of course, it's a fiberglass case at a good price, and if you don't drop or bang it around, I am sure there will be loads of happy customers. I just don't understand why they didn't make the room for the headstock a little bigger. (Wah-wah, first-world problem, I know)
    1. Glassweb's Avatar
      Glassweb -
      Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
      I see the same [odd/worrying-look, to me] angle of the mandolin in the case that has the top A-string tuner embedded into the padding on the down-side of the case. This was present in the larger, combo case which had a ribbon of extra padding to keep the standard F-style snug in the body. Of course, it's a fiberglass case at a good price, and if you don't drop or bang it around, I am sure there will be loads of happy customers. I just don't understand why they didn't make the room for the headstock a little bigger. (Wah-wah, first-world problem, I know)
      They do this to keep the size, weight and cost down. Try carrying one of these compared to a new Calton case... it's way more compact and much, much lighter. As protective? No. But it has a look and features that the Calton and Hoffee cases don't have at about one quarter the price of a Calton. All of a sudden the new case offerings from Northfield are starting to look like the middle-ground way to go.

      But I'll probably go with one of these new Crossrock cases once they get the bugs ironed out...
    1. Don Grieser's Avatar
      Don Grieser -
      Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
      I see the same [odd/worrying-look, to me] angle of the mandolin in the case that has the top A-string tuner embedded into the padding on the down-side of the case. This was present in the larger, combo case which had a ribbon of extra padding to keep the standard F-style snug in the body. Of course, it's a fiberglass case at a good price, and if you don't drop or bang it around, I am sure there will be loads of happy customers. I just don't understand why they didn't make the room for the headstock a little bigger. (Wah-wah, first-world problem, I know)
      The new cases have a green interior. It looks like they used the old case in the video. Why? Maybe they don't have one yet.
    1. Chuck Leyda's Avatar
      Chuck Leyda -
      Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
      The new cases have a green interior. It looks like they used the old case in the video. Why? Maybe they don't have one yet.
      Yeah that's the old case.

      There have been several iterations of their mandolin case. There have been several promotional videos made. They do not always match. You need to be careful to see which case you are getting!

      That said, I think these are the best mid range case available (with a nod to Hiscox if they become more available again). The Tura is more than double the price and I don't see what advantages they offer over the Crossrock.

      If you're not gate checking your mando, it's hard to beat a Crossrock.
    1. keith.rogers's Avatar
      keith.rogers -
      Thanks for the clarification(s)!

      I look forward to some in-hand reviews and pics here! Also curious if anyone with a Tone-Gard on their F-style can report on fit.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
      Thanks for the clarification(s)!

      I look forward to some in-hand reviews and pics here! Also curious if anyone with a Tone-Gard on their F-style can report on fit.
      From the article text:

      Of note, based on feedback from customers, both cases have been designed to fit mandolins with a Tone-Gard.
    1. Zmando85's Avatar
      Zmando85 -
      If the new design specifically made for F models ends up being an accurate fit with proper headstock room, I'll be really happy and swap my older model for it. I have the current version, and it fits my F style so-so with the extra removable padding, but not as tightly as I'd like. What I LOVE is the extra grab handle near the headstock of the case. It allows you to rest the case on the ground vertically when waiting for a bus, subway, in-line at the airport...giving your arms a break from the weight while still securely holding onto it. It's so unexpectedly useful. I wish my Calton had that grab handle too.
    1. Glassweb's Avatar
      Glassweb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zmando85 View Post
      If the new design specifically made for F models ends up being an accurate fit with proper headstock room, I'll be really happy and swap my older model for it. I have the current version, and it fits my F style so-so with the extra removable padding, but not as tightly as I'd like. What I LOVE is the extra grab handle near the headstock of the case. It allows you to rest the case on the ground vertically when waiting for a bus, subway, in-line at the airport...giving your arms a break from the weight while still securely holding onto it. It's so unexpectedly useful. I wish my Calton had that grab handle too.
      So there you go... features that the "big'uns" don't have. Carry strap, backpack straps, TSA lock, lighter weight, smaller profile and at a fraction of the price of a Calton, Hoffee or MainStage. That works for me!

      Now if they could only make some "groovier" color combos that would undoubtedly seal the deal for the mandolin multitudes...
    1. liestman's Avatar
      liestman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
      Requisite promotion video:

      That's a three year old video, folks. Not the new cases.
    1. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
      Mandolin Cafe -
      Quote Originally Posted by liestman View Post
      That's a three year old video, folks. Not the new cases.
      You are correct. We're not in the habit of vetting promotional videos on product pages. That's apparently a new task on the checklist for the future because that is indeed an old video.
    1. Eric Platt's Avatar
      Eric Platt -
      They look tempting, but am thinking it might not fit an old oval hole Gibson.
    1. Don Grieser's Avatar
      Don Grieser -
      I have an older Crossrock and my Pomeroy oval does not fit in a way I would be comfortable with at the headstock even with the body pushed all the way toward the headstock direction of the case.