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I dinged my rib... Not horrible, but I notice chipping..

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by davidw72, Sep 11, 2008.


  1. davidw72

    davidw72

    Sep 11, 2008
    Hi guys, I looked for a few minutes for a similar topic so I wouldn't waste your time, but I couldn't find an exact match..

    My bass nicked my amp and the rib got chipped.. It's only about an inch long and it didn't puncture the bass or anything, but I'm noticing that little shreds of wood are appearing in my case every now and then from things rubbing against the 'exposed' wood.

    I was wondering if there was a proper way to seal it or protect it somehow, so that it doesn't get deeper. It doesn't have to look perfect, I just want to stop the damage. Would this be difficult to fix?

    Thank you :)

    -David (L.A., California)
     
  2. Pics.?
     
  3. davidw72

    davidw72

    Sep 11, 2008
    I'll post some pictures tomorrow. it's a small sliver.. but i'll post pics so you can see
     
  4. visa

    visa

    Dec 17, 2005
    happened to the bottom of my bass, i covered it with black tape and nobody can really see it. plus it doesn't splinter or anything anymore
     
  5. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Pics would definitely help. Does the area need paint, too?

    If it doesn't, I'd probably just seal off the area neatly with tape, and use some wipe-on finish. [at least a few coats worth]
     
  6. davidw72

    davidw72

    Sep 11, 2008
    the pictures:

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    I'd like to stay away from using black tape or duct tape or something.. it doesn't have to look gorgeous.. mainly I want to stop it from chipping more than it already has, but I don't really like the idea of nasty sticky duct tape on there. Thanks for your tips guys, I appreciate it.
     
  7. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I'm not a repair expert, but again, my two cents would be:

    - Mask off the area with masking tape

    - Lightly sand it just a bit to smooth it out - first coarse, then fine

    - Up to you - but, consider getting a Minwax stain finish that matches. Even if it's not the exact color, I imagine it will look better than the raw white wood. Wipe that in. Let dry.

    - Then several coats of wipe-on poly.

    All of that stuff you can get at a home store - Home Depot, Lowes.

    Let us know what you do and how it goes.
     
  8. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    if you sand it you will make a mess.

    better to use tape over it until you can get it to a luthier for a proper fix.

    A proper fix would involve cutting out the damage along the grain lines down to the purfling. then gluing in a matching piece of wood. Then cut it flush, sand and revarnish the area.
     
  9. davidw72

    davidw72

    Sep 11, 2008
    Thanks a bunch for your advice guys.. when you're saying to cover it with tape, exactly what type of tape are you talking about?

    Thanks,
    david
     
  10. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    low-tack masking tape, or electrician's tape, or something you can remove later without pulling off the varnish. ordinary masking tape will harden after a week or so and gets hard to remove. If it looks nasty that's good, cos it will make you want to get it fixed!
     

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