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Do I need to go to a luthier?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Feb 3, 2013.


  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

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    Hi all, I have noticed the scratch marks at the base (see pictures) caused I belive by the steel plate that my DB rests on (eg as it sits on the stand) - is it serious enough to warrant fixing now? I have also noticed (and hopefully picture is clear) that the glue around the base seems to be changing in color, not sure of the reason?
    To avoid problem 1, I used some antiskid strips from my local hardware store but I think they are causing the lacquer to come off as well (sigh!) as you may also notice?

    Appreciate your advice

    Thank you
     
  2. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

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    Lose the stand! The scratch is just that. Have it touched up if it bothers you.
     
  3. homersbassfarm

    homersbassfarm Banned

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    touch up the scratch- change the stand so it won't make contact- touch up stain is sold at Wal-mart and Lowes just to mention a couple of places.

    glue- usually gets darker over time from the dirt accumulation and body oil if you touch it-If its hide glue, you could probably clean it with steam(easy does it) or a heated(not too much) instrument cleaner that you can get at International violin or Kolstein music.
     
  4. tyb507

    tyb507

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    Don't go near your seams with steam, if you want to avoid a trip to the luthier!

    Is the glue only turning white in that spot? Is the seam still solidly closed? Is the white glue soft? I wouldn't worry about it if the seam is still glued, but show it to your luthier next time you have your bass in for something else.

    Just a thought, are you putting a soaked/dripping dampit in the f-hole above where the glue is discolored? Perhaps water is dripping and softening some white glue somebody once closed the seam with.
     
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  6. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

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    Thanks all - might just keep an eye on it for now, adjust the stand and take DB to luthier if conditions worsen..
     
  7. homersbassfarm

    homersbassfarm Banned

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    "do you need a luthier"

    let's all say it together --- YES!

    congrats --- you have forum yeses
     
  8. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

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    +1, otherwise no need for a visit to a luthier.
     
  9. swan6797

    swan6797

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    The scratch can be touched up by your luthier and the "changing color" looks like an open seam. Go to a luthier. They will fix it properly
     
  10. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    Absolutely, go and visit your luthier. Take him/her an espresso or a six pack (depending) and ask them to check it out.

    You'll have put your mind at ease about your bass and improved your relationship with your luthier all at once! ;)
     
  11. swan6797

    swan6797

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    +1
     

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