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I can't unlock my stingray's hardcase!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I tried to lock it, but after succeeding I can't unlock it no matter which way I twisted . It sounds ridiculous I know but I kinda need help someone whose experienced!
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    If you don't want to wreck the lock take it to a luggage repair place near you. They can get it open or replace the lock.
  3. brianerwin


    Oct 21, 2012
    DYNAMITE!!!!! No..... wait.....
  4. dremel
  5. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Plastique ...
  6. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    mine locks by turning it clockwise. have the opening lined up, gently, slowly turn counterclockwise and when the key is moving past the 4-5 oclock position leverage the key back and forth a little to see if it catches anything... if it does, keep turning.

    the 'tumbler' seems to engage around 4-5 oclock and perhaps its a bit recessed and you just need to gently wiggle the key to get the tine on the key to make contact.
  7. Semtex. Works every time.....:D
  8. Is it possible to get replacement keys for the newer Fender SKB cases? Also for the Musician's Gear tweed Fender style case. Who should I contact?
  9. jwr

    jwr Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    I think you can just use a small flat head. I seem to remember them being fairly easy to open. My 3 year old did this to me once.
  10. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Sounds like a blonde-star emergency .

    Maybe handygirlie-whirlie.com ?
  11. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Who locks the case? Or more to the point, WHY?? It won't keep anyone from stealing it- they'll take the case too. It's easier and better to teach your kids to respect the boundaries than lock the case up. If you're shipping it, use gaff tape around the case (NOT duct tape- that's nasty useless stuff) covering the latches. Best thing you can do is throw the keys away as soon as you get the case.

    And they're not very secure anyway, you can generally get them to open with a very small flat head screwdriver.

  12. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Put a little graphite lubricant in there....it will free it up. Good luck!
  13. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    When my case did that to me (not musicman case), I was able to pull the tab to open it hard enough to bust the gear on the lock without breaking the actual closing mechanism.

    If all else fails, just try pulling on it real hard. If it breaks, replace it. You'd have to anyways:p
  14. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Eyeballkid thanks, ur a life saver
  15. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    As for why I'm using it, I'm gonna be checking it in at the airport
  16. Lee H

    Lee H

    Nov 30, 2011
    Redding CA
    use a bigger hammer to open it...no problems
  17. They may want to open it to check it And then you would really wish it were not locked...
  18. Yep!!!
  19. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    But it happened the very first (and one and only) time I closed Ibanez ATK1200 Prestige, the best MIJ StingRay "wannabe", right?
    I tried to open it, gently first, with stock key (nothing) then roughly...
    I happened to disallign the small key (very weak, compared to Yamaha's) yet, eventually opening the case, I just threw both keys away... And that's all

    So... Try to open it in every position with your key, then forever forget'em (lock and keys)... They just don't deserve anymore attention.

  20. ejmy


    Nov 30, 2008
    Why did you lock it in the first place ?
    Nobody lock's a bass case. LOL
    Oh. I know, so the robber will have a surprise when he breaks it open.
    Best is not to lock it, you might get to keep the case as a consolation.
    Sorry, i'm just being a smart a**.
    If you the see the rivets, dremmel then off so you wont damage the case. Then re-install with new lock and rivets. Just an idea.