How to protect tips of spiky headstocks from chipping?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Oqlanth, Oct 4, 2022.

  1. Oqlanth


    Feb 6, 2015
    Millimetre by millimere tip of my Jackson headstock is getting more and more chipped due to small -even soft- strokes to furnitures, table, wall, etc...

    Aside from 'be more carefull' advice :) (i am trying to do that :) It was easier for guitar but now with long neck of 35" scale bass it is much more difficult! ) what you may suggest me to do protect the tip of spiky headstock or at least 'slow down' the chipping?
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  2. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    Wrap them in bubble wrap and play that way? :)
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  3. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    You're either adding something to it, or changing handling of it i would think. Smallest nerfball with a hole in it and just slide it over the end? :roflmao:

    On a serious note, you could paint a colored plastic dip type product on the edges that should be removable. (do test)
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  4. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    My coping strategy has been let it chip and live with it. :beaver:
  5. BruceWane

    BruceWane Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Use it as it was intended - place the head of one of your conquered enemies on it :)

    Slightly more seriously, I think a pointy bass/guitar with protection devices on the points would perhaps be the most un-metal thing ever.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    that would be the "cure." ;) some of the (great) suggestions above are bandaids (literally). :laugh:

    but what's wrong with being known as "that great player who always has some rubber toy on his headstock!" ?
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  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah I would simply put a sock on it for practice/rehearsal. Then take it off for gigs. Don't hit anything during gigs.
  8. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    I've built some super-pointy headstock guitars in the past. I particularly remember several Randy Rhoads polka dot flying V replicas that Mike Lipe and I built. Those headstocks are about as pointy as you can get. I reinforced the points with aluminum. I basically drilled straight into the point and embedded a round aluminum bar that was then filed to the wedge shape of the point. Then that was painted over. It protected the wood tip from getting broken off.

    Yeah, it was dangerous. You could definitely stab somebody with it. But you could with the wood tip too. With Heavy Metal power comes responsibility. Be careful where you aim that thing.
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Supporting Member

    New twist on (w)rap music:woot:
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  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Supporting Member

    Actually, sanding them down and rounding them off as a preventative type of protection would be the most un-metal to the ‘Nth’ power ever. :wideyed:

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  11. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Supporting Member

    Maybe some scotch magic tape?
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  12. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
  13. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    I have 20 and 30 year old Jacksons with the tips intact. They aren't barely played case queens either. Its possible to be careful.
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Make your furniture and walls out of pudding?
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  15. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I had a Carvin 5'er when they made them with the world's longest pointy headstock - all 5 tuners on one side. Whether or not I was careful, I impaled a few folks here and there - that thing was just out there where you're not used to your bass being, and a few bandmates ran into it here and there. Thankfully, though the parents would have cautioned me about it, it never put someone's eye out.
  16. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    My grandmother used to use tennis balls for the feet on her walker, you could try that.
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  17. wncBass


    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    If you need more protection upgrade to an oven mitt.
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  18. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Same here.
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  19. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    A golf club cover might do the trick. Might also help dampen spurious string vibrations.

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  20. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Yes oven mitt for the win and new best band name bumping soul screw to 2nd :laugh:
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