The ACCESS Story

1979

THE BEGINNING

The beginning of our story is a familiar one. A couple of professional musicians meet while horse-trading equipment and instruments and strike up a friendship. Soon, we found that our knowledge, talent and enthusiasm meet a need in the local music scene, and our friendship expanded into business ventures.

1986

THAT FIRST BAG

One of our first goals – find a better way to transport the plethora of gear we needed to and from music gigs, something better than the current makeshift choices… duffle-bags, overstuffed guitar cases, even plastic grocery bags in a pinch.

And who better to design a musician’s carry-all than a couple of old pros?  We dumped out the contents of own guitar cases and took inventory.  Everything in that pile was vital.  Everything in that pile needed a spot in the new carry-all.  And everything in that pile needed to be easily accessible in the finished product.

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The PFX1 Musician’s Carry-All featured a custom-configurable, triple-tier, multi-entry design built with high-quality construction courtesy of our Music Express resources. It was so well-engineered that in 30 years, the only major design change to “The Ultimate Roadie Bag” has been the addition of a pocket for your iPad. And yes, we’re still building it. And yes, it is still available!

Music Gear Bag: Personal FX1 Musician's Carry-All

1994

MUSIC EXPRESS

The PFX1 was just the first of the music industry accessories we manufactured.  By 1994, we founded Music Express, an OEM/ODM design and manufacturing group serving the music products industry.  Music Express has evolved into a leading global supplier to many of the music and pro audio industry’s premier brands. We design and manufacture bags, cases and carrier systems for keyboards, pro audio and woodwinds & brass, stands & support hardware, wire & cable, miscellaneous guitar accessories and turnkey stringed instrument and drum product lines.

1994

A CASE OR BAG FOR EVERY GUITAR

And guitar bags and cases?  Absolutely.   Having established ourselves as knowledgeable and reputable manufacturers with highly innovative and skilled designers, heavy-hitters in the guitar industry sought us out to design and build their guitar cases and gig bags for years… Fender, Gibson, Taylor, Breedlove, Larrivee and Yamaha – just to name a few.  And we became (we’ve become?) one of the biggest suppliers of guitar bags and cases in the industry.

Music Express OEM Bags and Cases

Music Express OEM Bags and Cases

2003

THE MASK COMES OFF

In 2003, we finally succumbed to a growing desire to apply some of our carefully-engineered, cutting-edge innovations to our own brand. After producing hundreds of thousands of guitar bags and cases for a long list of blue chip brands, we established ACCESS Bags and Cases.
ACCESS Products Group Logo

2004

HARDCELL IS A GAME CHANGER

ACCESS is first to use high-density closed cell foam in gig bags.  Our HardCell™ version out performs more commonly used open-cell ‘sponge’ foams by every measure: shock absorption, thermal insulation and resistance to impact, puncture and moisture.

2004

ACCESS PIONEERS THE HARD BAG

ACCESS pioneers the Hybrid Bag (HB) concept, incorporating solid polymer panels between layers of foam, combining the superior shock absorption of heavily padded bags with the solid hard shell protection of cases.


The Original Hard Bag

2010

THE UPSTART UPRISING

Upstart Mini Strat Gig Bag Back View

Following  a lot of urging from their dealers, ACCESS subverts their Very GoodBetterBest product line to introduce UpStart: an entry-level bag – but one with a with backbone.  UpStart utilizes our rigid HardCell™ high-density foam allowing it to literally stand up to the status quo of flimsy, limp beginner guitar bags.

2015

CUSTOM BUILDER SERIES

Stage Five Guitar and Bass Cases ACCESS Stage Five Guitar and Bass Cases

ACCESS introduces Stage Five Custom Builder cases, featuring custom modular interiors to accommodate the smaller production quantities of boutique guitar builders.

2017

STILL GROWING

ACCESS Bags and Cases expands its global presence with new distribution in Japan.

2018

THE LONG AWAITED STAGE FIVE BAG

The ACCESS Custom Builders Series includes an elite level gig bag with the same tooled inserts as its sister product, the Stage Five Case.  It’s set to make its debut early 2018.

ACCESS Stage Five Gig Bag