About

A Brief History

Sparking from basic necessity, Mental Case founder Jim Frech recalls a common need for any musician, local or touring; a need to protect your band’s lifeline … its gear. In the midst of the 1980s rock-n-roll movement, finding a road case was much more difficult than simply hopping on your smart phone or computer. Finding a superior – or custom case – just didn’t exist. After an extensive touring career, including the opening spot on the 1984 Van Halen tour, Jim took it upon himself to design and create a case that could withstand the abuses of the road while keeping his gear intact. Established in 1985 in Norwich, NY, Mental Case now resides in two locations. Administrative offices and research and development are located in Myrtle Beach, SC, while a complete showroom and manufacturing facility has found a home in the heart of Music City USA, Nashville, TN.

Our Mission

Located in a historic, newly renovated, 12,000 square foot factory, we prefer to keep things organic at Mental Case, Inc. Supporting the local economy and reducing its environmental footprint are all on the agenda for MCI, which prides itself on being made for musicians – by musicians – right here in the USA.
And while Mental Case has made its mark in the music industry, our capability as craftsmen does not stop there. MCI now produces cases utilized in several fields, including the sporting and medical industries; theater and stage production; and professional lighting. MCI employees deal directly with artists and technicians helping them design and bring to life any ideas they might have. When you deal with Mental Case, you get much more than a superior product; you gain a lifelong community of highly trained musicians, craftsmen and like-minded companies.

On the Road With:

  • 38 Special
  • 3rd Power Amps
  • A Day to Remember
  • Adelitas Way
  • Aerosmith
  • Alice Cooper
  • Ampeg
  • Amy Grant
  • Asia
  • Baroness
  • Beach Boys
  • Bellamy Brothers
  • Best-Tronics
  • Better Off
  • Better than Ezra
  • Big and Rich
  • Black Label Society
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Brett Michaels
  • Chase Rice
  • Cheap Trick
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Cinderella
  • Crocs
  • Dean Markley Strings
  • Def Leppard
  • Disney
  • Dokken
  • Empty Hearts
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Fuel
  • Garth Brooks
  • Gaslight Anthem
  • Gibson Guitars
  • Guitar Center
  • Harvard University
  • Heart
  • Hinder
  • House of Blues
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Jack Black
  • Jack White
  • Jason Isbell
  • Joe Nicols
  • John Corabi
  • Journey
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Lamb of God
  • Larabar
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Matchbox 20
  • Megadeth
  • Memphis Mayfire
  • Michael Anthony
  • Moody Blues
  • Morrissey
  • Motley Crue
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Neon Trees
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • OK GO
  • Paramore
  • Paul McCartney
  • Peavey
  • Pierce the Veil
  • Poison
  • Production Glue
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Ratt
  • Reba McEntire
  • Rick Nielson
  • Rikki Rocket
  • Ringo Starr
  • Ripley's Aquarium
  • Rob Thomas
  • Rockett Drum Works
  • Romantics
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Seether
  • Shinedown
  • Sleeping with Sirens
  • Sound Moves
  • Staind
  • Steve Bailey
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Band Perry
  • The Cult
  • The Ember Days
  • The Killers
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • The Wonder Years
  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Three Days Grace
  • Tour Supply
  • Toby Keith
  • US Club Soccer
  • Vans
  • Van Halen
  • Victor Wooten
  • Wally Palmer
  • Warped Tour
  • White Lion
  • Yes