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Bass body protectors?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Pacman, Apr 26, 2004.


  1. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Anybody remember those neoprene (I think) covers for guitars and basses that covered the back and sides of the body so that they wouldn't get scratched?

    It seems that I'm going to be playing my electrics again quite a bit more than I have been, and since my uniforms have all sorts of "scratchy" things on them, I'd like to have some protection for my basses. If anybody knows where I can find these things, I'd much appreciate it.
     
  2. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Um, can't help you find them, but why bother? It's having a ugly piece of whatever covering the backside so you wouldn't have scratches affecting the looks :p
     
  3. You're talking about the nylon things that go over the body of the guitar that were advertised in the back of the guitar magazines in the late 80's as "Axe Jackets." I remember them, I don't know where to find them anymore, but I remember a guy having a yellow one with black squigglies on it covering his pink HM series Strat. :p
     
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    My most beloved pre-CBS Fender Precis had the matching backside cover.........a great idea that was forgotten. Too bad that my most cherished Fender Precis "died" in a plane crash :crying:

    Since then, I have only two reco's that are pretty obvious;

    1. If you wear a belt, wear it sideways so that the buckle is on the side of one of your hips

    2. No shirts with buttons of any kind
     
  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    ...Niether of which are possible, of course, since I'm wearing a uniform...


    *SIGH* oh, well......
     
  6. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    Take an old shirt and the cut so it fits the shape of the bass, tape on and rock out.
     
  7. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    This stuff will do what your asking: Guitar Armour

    I use it in a critical spot.
    Works great.
     
  8. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I think Pacman needs something that looks nice and professional - these men are in uniform and represnting the United States armed forces, I don't know if taping an old shirt over your instrument really cuts it in this situation. I'm pretty sure modifying the uniform or not wearing his medals are not viable options either.

    Pacman - Maybe you need a highly modified cheapo bass like an Essex or Squire. You could drop some nice p/up's in and change the bridge, you could even put a high quality aftermarket neck on it. Build a real player around a body that you don't give a hoot about. Just a thought.

    Edit - the post directly above mine seems to be more on line with what Mr. P. is looking for.
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Thanks, blister! that looks like a cool idea...



    Matt, you've got it. Thanks for listening ;)
     
  10. grooveguru

    grooveguru

    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    I used to use Dr. Scholl's Moleskin. Self adhesive and soft. Can cut it into any shape you'd like plus it's available everywhere.
     
  11. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    In your shoes I might head to the model shop or
    industrial plastics supplier. I would be looking for
    thin sheet plexi or acrylic to make essentially a
    thin clear pick guard. I would then outline the bass,
    trim the material 1/8 inch in or so, depending on if your
    bass has a flat back. It wouldn't work for a sculpted
    back.

    There are semi permanent adhesives used in the
    drafting industry or drawing that are useful to hold
    materials on firmly, but not necessarily with a permanent
    adhesive gum or coat. Certain types of light rubber
    cements are easily removeable as well.

    The adhesive concept I would look for is almost like
    the 'post it note' strength.