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Belt buckle rash prevention?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Beav, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Ok, my new bass and my belt buckle just can't seem to get along (unfortunetly for my bass) :(. I've been looking for solutions to my problem and I'm thinking this is what I need. If I can put this where my belt buckle seems to want to scratch my bass will this help my problem?
  2. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
  3. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I wear my belt with the buckle off to the left side to prevent belt rash. Looks a bit weird, but I am not going to win any fashion contests anyway ;)
    Dadagoboi likes this.
  4. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That's the way to go!
  5. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Duct Tape says Red Green:bag:
    Put it on when you want and take it off when you don"t.
  6. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    Err, just move the buckle to the side when playing ;)

    Or, where a shirt out over it.
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    1.) Pull out your shirt over your belt.
    2.) Play your bass higher :p
    3.) Put something on the back of your bass than can be removed without marks
    4.) Take the stupid belt off and wear Hosenträgers :smug:
    5.) Wear some "Kiss the cook"-style thingies :D
  8. Thats exactly what my uncle Benny does... he doesn't play bass much anymore, but he still wears his belt that way. :smug:
  9. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh


    I pull mine to the left but my bass is still LOADED with em.
    that pad thing is rediculous that straps to the bass.
    you just need to put a wristband around your buckle while you play then strategicly remove it.
    Or get a cool one with that picture of brian B in jail on it!:D
  10. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    I've never had a problem with this. Maybe it's because all my t-shirts cover it, but I'd guess it's because my fat gut pushes my bass off of it. :smug:
  11. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics

  12. This thing attaches to your belt and covers the buckle.

    Or you could just get fatter. It worked for me! Not a scratch on any of my instruments.
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  13. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I'm 5'7" and 220 lbs, I don't want to get much fatter :D
  14. I'm 6'5", 330lbs. I CAN'T get much fatter!! I was 220lbs at 15!:D
  15. I wear my belt the other direction - the tail goes to the right. It puts the pointy part of the buckle on the left, away from the bass. Works great. I had to re-break-in my belts to curve the other way, but now it's great.
  16. pedalnote


    Jul 19, 2002
    San Francisco
    Thought I might as well write here, seeing as the thread is almost dead. Arghh!!! Purchased a new American Jazz Bass with a real nice sunburst finish last year, and the first night I gigged with it I didn't notice that the buckle on my nifty stud belt --over which I had put two pieces of black duct tape, thank you -- had a little sharp spot that poked through the tape during the exuberant second set and scratched the snot out of the back of my brand new bass. The experts say what: refinish, our just hang onto it for the next 20 years until the rash can be marketed as making it an "experienced" bass?

    Thanks for any opinions.
  17. Use a rope like the guys in Braveheart! :D
  18. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Or you could use the Flea method and play naked. Check local laws first ;)
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  19. Arx


    Jan 22, 2008
    suspenders. ;)

    Seriously though, I'd cover whatever's doing the damage. If you just put on a scratch guard, you know you're going to swing the bass around and find a way to chew it up anyways.

    Maybe a d-ring belt? No buckle.

  20. Jarno


    Jan 27, 2005
    You could also try to find a "mechanics belt", these don't have buckles.
    I came across these one day, but I haven't been able to find them in the Netherlands. If someone has an idea about where to find them, please let me know.

    Best regards,