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Have you ever tripped with your bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Temezki, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Temezki


    Jul 1, 2012
    So have you ever tripped with your bass or dropped it?

    I'm just asking because last weekend I had this close call moment when it was icy outside and outside our rehearsal place I tripped on the ice on the stairs. I had my Sandberg in Warwick Rockbag (I really should get a case) I fcking freaked out and I had to rush inside to check the bass. Whew.. The fall only detuned the bass and the neck was a bit off center (had to loose the neck screws a little and correct it. No serious damage to the bass, my jeans ripped a little and my knees started bleeding(but that does't matter) Let's just say I hate ice.
  2. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Yet you live in Finland.
  3. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Oh man when you asked if you had tripped, I wasn't thinking of with your feet. I never tripped with my bass (either way) but I did get hit by a cab while carrying it. It was fine. I was a bit banged up. The $%##^&^%$# cab took off.
  4. Temezki


    Jul 1, 2012
    Well for the last 3 years I have felt that I don't belong to Finland
  5. Temezki


    Jul 1, 2012
    Cab drivers...:rollno::mad:

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    As I used to say when I lived there...Welcome to New York.
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    I stopped doing psychedelics before I started playing bass seriously.
  8. Spearsy

    Spearsy Workin' at it ... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Western Pennsylvania
    Had to check-in to see exactly what this topic was about.

    I've taken a fall a couple times here in the winter wonderland of Pennsylvania - once with my bass in a case - once with it in a bag. I took the worst of it both times and put myself between the bass and the ground.

    As for my mental state while playing, it's enough of a challenge sober …
  9. Yes.

    I was playing my old MIJ EB3 copy at our band's practice space. We sounded great. I mean really great. I then made the following bad decisions:

    1. Thought that jumping on top of my amp and then back off would be really cool.

    2. Forgot that instead of my old 3,200 lb monster rig in flight cases, I now have one of those new-fangled ultra lightweight combos.

    3. Did not land the jump dead center on aforementioned lightweight combo.

    Needless to say, once I hit the edge of my amp it immediately rotated out from under me and I plummeted face/bass first towards the ground/amp. The amp broke my fall and when the bass body hit the amp it levered the neck quickly and directly to my chin/lip region. Ouch! Definitely drew blood. Good news was that the bass suffered no damage and stayed perfectly in tune. I got up, wiped off some blood, and then kept on rocking!

    Moral of the story: don't jump on your lightweight combos unless you know you'll be able to balance.
  10. I played Xanadu while on acid!!
  11. Yep, I've done both kinds of tripping with my bass!

    Last summer, playing at an outdoor venue, at the end of a very intense song, I jumped up to punctuate the end of the song, landed wrong somehow, fell right on my butt.
    I was fine, but my wireless pack got smashed, and I had to use a cable ever since then.

    The bass probably got nicked and scratched, but all my basses get banged up after a while.
    I can relic a bass in about 2 years to make it look like it's been played for 40 years.
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    That's just the opposite of what you would expect (usually it's tripping over a cord, which is why many players choose to use wireless).

    Irony can so.........ironic.
  13. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    Yes, although it was my upright bass I slipped on a wet floor that they were just putting the sign down on but I caught myself before I fell. Oh and yes for tripping.
  14. I fell backwards right into the drum Kit on stage one time in Lak la Ronge, Saskatchewan.

    I was about 21yo. It was 1981. I might have been less than 100% sober.

    It was a week-long gig, and I do remember it got dark at about midnight and the sun came back up around 3:00am. That was pretty trippy.
  15. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    I've tripped 100 times with my bass, but hey, it was the '80's and everyone was doing it.
  16. ^ The 70's for me.
  17. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have never tripped with my bass but I once had one of my Alembics hit the floor when a strap lock came loose. Luckily, the only damage was a slightly bent tuning peg.
  18. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I fell during rehearsal on stage, moving around with the bass plugged in, and fell forward. I had a Mike Lull Jazz bass strapped on, and somehow managed to turn and fall on my back, saving the bass, but running into the guitar player. We were both just fine, and the bass didn't even go out of tune.
  19. pinebrookjohn


    Oct 24, 2009
    Scranton pa
    No surprisingly but a guitarist i was playing with just had his 57? Lp juninor redone in tv yellow and instead of buying good straplocks. He used what he always did shoe laces. They broke and the headstock snaped off. The people started chanting you ****ed up. He was pissed.
  20. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    Sure, I have. Our conga player and I were listening to Machine Head by Deep Purple, and I was trying to teach him how to play Never Before and Smoke On The Water, but then Space Truckin' came on and we just kind of got lost.
    Then there was another time I picked up my old Rick 4001 in its case, but the latches came open and it fell out and dropped a couple feet. Got a new ding in it, but luckly it was built like a tank and didn't break anything. Almost stopped my heart tho.
    I had to catch a few falling basses before I discovered straplocks, too. Then I had to catch a few more before I discovered fender washers.