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How do I get the "new" smell out of a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassinplace, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Hello! I just got a brand new American Standard P, and the Styrofoam that lines the inside of the case reeks to high hell! It permeates the bass also. I might as well be putting my head into a vat of chemicals and inhaling the fumes. It can't be healthy. Any tips on how to get rid of this smell? Any help is greatly appreciated! :) :help: Edit: (I know, no pics, no bass. So for your satisfaction, here are the pics! http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/...a-mystic-red-p-brand-new-priced-sell-1035567/ )
  2. aphexafx

    aphexafx A mind is a terrible thing.

    Dec 10, 2013
    Denver, Colorado
    Designer - Big Machine Electronics
    My new Am Std P's case had that too. I could smell it from across the room. A weird faint chemical smell. It never really stuck with the bass itself, if it did it faded away quickly. I just keep the case shut and it either went away or I no longer notice it.

    Love the case though! I recommend that you go around with a screwdriver to make sure each screw is snug.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Put the case open outside for a day (in the shade, when it's sunny).
  4. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    I like that smell....what's wrong with you?
  5. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    1. Drink as many 40 OZ malt liquors as you possibly can hold. Then have one more.

    2. Vomit into bass case. Close case.

    3. Wait 24-72 hours. New bass smell guaranteed to be gone.
  6. Exactly, Jah. Once the inside of the case smells like spilled beer and bar dirt, you may be wishing the new bass smell was back....
  7. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    This isn't a faint smell at all. It's somewhat overpowering. Maybe I'm just sensitive to it, I dunno.

    I dunno. I'm not much of a huffer, I guess. *shrug* :p

    Sounds like a domestic dispute. Don't make me call the cops on you! :p

    I don't gig much, so that won't be a concern for me. Not anytime soon, at least.

    One constructive answer. Thank you, sir. :)
  8. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Put a wet sneaker and 3 hard boiled eggs in the case and bury it under a chicken coop for 17 days. Done.
  9. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    So the 'constructive advice' you were earnestly in search of was "open the case and allow to air out?"

    Gotcha -- and sorry for the snark. I realize now that this was a challenge worthy of a brain trust -- nay, a whole think tank.
  10. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    you could leave the case open so your cat can examine the smell. lol

    or put a potato in the case and it will absorb the odor.
  11. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    Play the hell out of it. Or, if you want a quicker fix, try a scented instrument polish (I like the smell of Ken Smith Pro Formula). Or Lemon Pledge, for that citrus-fresh scent (TM).
  12. Mark Nye

    Mark Nye

    Sep 18, 2012
    Columbus, OH
    A box of baking soda will do that, too.
  13. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Snark away, if that's what you were doing, I don't care. Yes, open the case and let it air out is an obvious solution. The part about doing it outside on a sunny day in the shade was helpful. I was just looking to hear other people's experiences on the most efficient way to eliminate the problem. Not a crisis, just looking for household hints, that's all.
  14. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    If leaving it outside open doesn't work, then goto post #5... or sell it and buy a used one that smells like post #5 will make it smell...
  15. +1 for opening it up and leaving it outside. If it was me , I'd leave it in the sun ,although that might fade the color. That's probably why Munji said to do it in the shade. Also , sticking a dryer sheet in it might help a bit.
  16. I have de-stunk a few cars and guitar cases. I have tried baking soda, fresh coffee grounds, scented little odor removing gel packets, and Fabreeze. Most of these things "sorta worked for a while", but not really long term. I assume the baking soda and coffee absorb the stink. The chemicals like Fabreeze mostly just punch your nose so hard with perfume that you can't smell anything but the perfume. They don't really do anything about the rotting fish carcass generating the stink. This is analogous to making an ugly person beautiful by putting a giant searchlight behind them so you are blinded and cannot see the ugly person. This does not make them beautiful, it just stops you from perceiving their ugliness.

    Stuff stinks because it is shedding particulate yuck into the air. These particles are as real as dust and dirt, just tiny and you can't see it. The particles of yuck are floating off in the air and being sucked into your nose.

    The only ways to stop stink are:

    1. Remove the part that stinks. Wash it or throw it away. Sometimes you can shampoo the cat pee stink out of a carrpet. Sometimes you gotta throw the carpet away and install new.

    2. Bind it in so it doesn't shed off. Sometimes the cat pee has soaked all the way into the wood flooring and it stinks right through the new carpet. So you re-finish the wood to seal the stink in.

    3. Allow it to completely shed off the yuck particles. Unfortunately this takes time, but the cars and cases I have de-stunk didn't respond to cleaning or chemicals. Only time, heat, and moving air have provided long lasting results. I believe this is because the item simply runs out of stink. So yeah, leave it open, outside, for a few days. Maybe accelerate it by aiming a fan at it.
  17. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    put a potato in the case and it will absorb the odor.

    This is actually a good idea...forgot all about baking soda
  18. By the way, that smell of stale beer and cigarettes...

    I was so disappointed years back when I bought a new Mesa Boogie amp. Great amp, but when it warmed up IT DIDN'T STINK PROPERLY! Recently I was given a 1953 Magnatone Melodier. Not so awesome of an amp, but when those tubes get hot and 60 years of cigarettes and beer start rolling out into the air...
  19. If all else fails, put the bass in the case (it won't work unless the bass is IN the case) and send it to me. I goll darn guarantee you'll never smell that odor again from that bass or case.

  20. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Do like me, take out the bass, put it in a stand during the week for practice at home, use a gig bag to take it to gig or band rehearsal :D