Busy summer - my SR5 is showing it!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Todd mason, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Todd mason

    Todd mason

    May 3, 2016
    I tend to sweat a lot when i play and the back of my beloved GrapeRay 5 is chipping and flaking! Pretty sure it's because of the bass resting against my body. I always wipe it off after each set and will often change shirts between sets but I'm not sure what i can do to fix the problem. Anyone else have this problem? Screenshot_20171011-174406.png
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  2. brianmharrison


    Oct 11, 2007
    Are you sure that isn't due to the belt buckle rash?
  3. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Stop wearing big belt buckles?
  4. Todd mason

    Todd mason

    May 3, 2016
    No I don't think so. I never tuck!
  5. Todd mason

    Todd mason

    May 3, 2016
    Plus some of the little pockets have'n broken the surface yet. Kind of like a blister.
  6. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    its hard to tell from the pic, but are those dents in the bass, or is the paint bubbling? If it's bubbling and flaky away, I would think that's something wrong with the paint. that's not normal to anything I've seen.
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  7. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I've had my SR5 for like a decade of pretty heavy use (including plenty of times when I was drenched in sweat by the time I was off the stage). I've never seen anything like that happen. That almost looks like it's defective.
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  8. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    That’s bad paint, delaminating from wood and sealer below.
  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Those are blisters folks.
    Not sure what you can do about it, besides sand & re-seal it.
  10. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I'd be contacting Ernie Ball about that if it is bubbling and flaking. That's not normal.
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    That makes a lot more sense that a human without a belt buckle doing that damage. Modern EBMMs finishes are nothing short of durable (and thick.)
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  12. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Are you Alien? LOL!!! Just a joke. Your sweat must be very acidic.
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  13. CryingBass

    CryingBass Just a Fool Whose Intentions are Good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Yep, upon closer look, those are blisters-up, not dents-in.
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  14. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I'd just run with it if it were me. I'm one of those "wear and tear is cool" kind of guys though.

    Edit: As long as playability isn't affected.
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  15. That's exactly what the finish would look like if someone took a heat gun to it. That's not normal wear either way.
  16. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    Wow. Have other basses blistered on you in the past? EBMM are an excellent company - send them a picture and email. Purple pigments may be finicky.
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  17. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Geez... is this the belt you're wearing???

  18. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Had a transparent teal stingray like that once as well. Was told it was an issue with the laint or even the wood.
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  19. Hahaha


    Sep 26, 2003
    Olympia, WA USA
    I have a white Fender Strat that turned gray in the areas that touch my body soon after I bought it. It looks similar to the graying areas on your bass. I was told that the finish was applied before the paint had fully dried. I think you may have something like that going on with your bass. It's too odd looking to be normal wear and tear.
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  20. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Did you purchase new from a dealer? I had a paint split right near the battery door from over tightening, and they took the bass back from me and replaced the entire body.

    Contact EBMM customer service. They will take care of you.
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