Take any Vertigo or M80 Guitar Case, add the Tick, and you've got a super slick, streamlined rig ready for world travel. The Tick firmly attaches in just the right location, protecting your guitar from excess weight over the bridge. The pockets on your Vertigo or M80 case remain accessible and the load stays balanced whether wearing or carrying.
With its integrated design, the Tick allows for quick access to your guitar or bass. No need to remove it overtime. (Although that is an option too). Then once your guitar is out, the Tick becomes your workstation. Unzip the front panel of the Tick and your cables, strings and tools are right there for pre-show tune-ups.
Your Tick, Your Rig
Mono is always trying to find the most elegant way to travel. This small case makes a big difference. Once you have the space, you'll find a brilliant way to use it. Create an onboard effects rig with a Pedaltrain Nano pedalboard.
The Tick attaches quickly and securely to any Tick-ready MONO guitar case. Military grade webbing straps grab onto powder coated steel D-rings creating a 3 point connection. All Vertigo and M80 guitar cases are now shipped Tick-ready.
- Waterproof Sharkskin shell with industrial rubber piping (PVC-free)
- Military grade webbing straps for D-ring attachment (MONO Tick-ready guitar case required)
- Steel rivet reinforced handle
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- it attaches to the M80 very solidly.
- the front flap opens by flipping down and it has a zippered mesh pocket and a velcro-secured flap over some pen holders. All oriented to be used when the bag's front flap is hanging down like that.
- it has a strap inside at the top for holding cables.
- the cable holder strap is too short. I don't think it's going to hold as many cables as I'll want it to. For a gig, I generally take 2 instrument cables (1 as a spare), 2 or 3 speaker cables (1 as a spare), and 2 or 3 short patch cables (for connecting my tuner pedal, wireless receiver, and DI box). Yes, I carry a cable plus a spare even when I'm planning to use wireless.
- the Tick needs some rings on the outside or lash points or something so that I can put stuff on the outside of the bag. At the moment, I would really like to be able to use a strap or two to hang my Ultimate GS100 guitar stand on the outside of it, since the Tick and the M80 pockets are all too small to hold a GS100.
- it's not big enough to hold my 500W Class D micro amp head. I didn't expect it to be, but I was kind of hoping.
All that said, it's a great little bag. It seems to have good padding in the front, back, and all around the sides. It's top notch quality, as all the Mono products are that I've seen. And the M80+Tick looks like it will now hold everything I need for a gig except my actual amp and cabinet ... well, and my GS100.
And a footnote: I already had 2 M80 bags (1 single, 1 dual). I just bought m 3rd M80 (another single) along with the Tick. Older M80s, like my two, do not have the D-rings to attach the Tick to. But, if you contact Mono, they will send you the D-rings, nylon webbing, and instructions for how to have the D-rings put on your old bag by a luggage or shoe repair place. Also, I debated between getting another M80 or getting a Vertigo to go with my new Tick. Looking at all the pictures, I realized that with the Vertigo, you would have to zip the Tick shut in order to take a bass out of the Vertigo. Otherwise, everything would fall out of the Tick when you open the Vertigo. On the other hand, you can take your bass out of the M80 without messing with the Tick, since the M80 opens to the side, instead of opening down. That convinced to get another M80 and not the Vertigo.
Finally, I gave the Tick 4 stars for features because it needs some D-rings or lash points (as mentioned above) to get 5 stars. And I gave it 3 stars for value because, well, after all it's $90 for a small, rectangular bag. That seems pretty steep. (Posted on 5/23/2014)