I've dropped my eSseX!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Airsick Pilot, Aug 28, 2002.

  1. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    I've dropped my new Essex Jazz bass just before a concert rehearsal. I had it slung real low and I was monkeying around and it just fell. Now there's a few dings on the underside of my Jazz bass. Its not noticeable at all unless you look at it real close or you touch it. I'm feeling pretty distraught. I need help! Have you guys ever dropped your basses? Argh..I need to find fellow bass droppers!! How did you guys react/feel... Argh, Im going nuts!
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Been there with a Musicman Stingray 5...

    Ok breathe deeply and go and get a cup of tea. Now we are nice and calm, inspect the damage; which henceforth will be known as character marks.
    If the paint has chipped off, get a tube of Superglue (I think it's called crazy glue in the States) and carefully tease glue in the marked area.The finish is now sealed (make sure you dont seal your fingers to the bass) and the instrument is personalised.

    Consider buying a big tube of superglue, straplocks or a less energetic way of playing.
  3. :( Sorry to here that.:(

    I say, no matter how good you take care of an instument, Accidents happen.
  4. Straplocks would be an affordable solution. Make sure you also put a little wood glue on the screws (for the straplocks) to keep them secure (this was recommended to me by Joe Naylor, founder of Reverend).
  5. Hey the Fender CS guys charge extra for this...it's called "distressed" :)
  6. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Man, some things are hard to learn. :) The moral of this story, as far as I'm concerned, is not "be more careful!". The real moral is "accidents will happen. If you want a perfect instrument, leave it at home. If you bring it places and play it, it will get dinged up a little. But be careful!"

    A few years ago I got a beautiful Sonic Blue Fender American Standard Jazz Bass V. What a great bass!

    A few weeks later I was at practice and I was carrying a drum stool over to my amp to sit down. I was carrying the drum stool by the seat part, when the hardware fell off, and the sharp edge that slots into the stoll went - CLUNK - right into the front of my new bass! :eek: It left a big dent between the B and E strings that's still there.

    I used to have a grey Peavey Dyna-Bass 5 string. It was the first "nice bass" I ever got after playing a POS P copy for over a decade. Man, I should have replaced that thing earlier instead of "upgrading" it with a new neck, tuners, hardware, pickup, etc.... but that's another story.

    One time I was jamming with my brother, our band was called "Loyal Opposition", we were practicing, when -CLUNK- - we smashed headstocks! I looked at mine and there was a big chip of paint gone and bare wood showing through! - and his guitar had the same thing! :)

    about 12 years ago I had a stand that was broken, it did not hold the bass up well and was rickety - I should have thrown it out. Anyway, my butt-rock band at the time, GIMMIX, had a gig and we were getting ready. As I was standing on stage some sound kid (just a sound guy's helper) walked by and brushed the stand so lightly - and the bass fell - CLUNK - right on the front, strings, nut, bridge, wood clanking against the stage. Made a - huge - racket and EVERYBODY looked over. This kid gave me a look like he wanted to run away and hide! I just smiled and said "hey if I was worried about banging up the bass I wouldn't be out here playing it dude". (I didn't tell him that it was MY fault for using that broken stand - or maybe I did...)

    I'm sure many people will have similar stories.

    Don't worry about it. If you use the bass it will get beat up a little, no matter how careful you are. By all means be careful, but don't sweat it when you do stuff like that. :)
  8. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    Yes, I've dropped my bass. Luckily, I've been blessed with quick reflexes and caught it. Since then, it was 2 weeks ago, I have installed StrapLocks. Not a problem yet.

    Like the Chevy truck commercial said, "scratches add charecter, women like charecter"
  9. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    Did I just mis-spell charecter? Man, I've lost it.
  10. I once hit my singer in the head with my head stock. Didn't hurt the bass but put a nice size cut on his head. Didnt like him anyway...... But yea don't sweat it, there are plenty of dings in my Peavey TL5 that Ive played for the last 10 years. Just got a MM5 and kind fo dreading the first little mishap, but I know its coming .
  11. I think we've all dropped or dinged up out basses at one point or another. Sorry to hear you dropped it, though. My Squier P bass has it's fair share of dings and scratches, but I'm not bent out of shape over it. Like stubi said, it adds character.;)
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I haven't dropped any od my basses in a while but something fell on to my Sadowsky Vintage 4.:( I had the bass in my hand & I was in my closet getting my gig bag & BAMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!! It's not that bad but it's bad enough.:(

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  13. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I don't mind by basses having a few dings and scratches, as long as they don't interfer with my playing (back of the neck).
    Actually, I think it's a part of an instrument life.

    It's still a very bad idea to let it fall on the floor.
    Straplocks all the way.
  14. Casey C.

    Casey C.

    Sep 16, 2000
    Butler, PA, USA
    Well, accidents do happen. Alot.

    As much as we like our instruments to be flawless, they usually don't. When I get a ding on my bass I just shake it off and see it as a battle wound or "adding character". Just be glad it wasn't a couple thousand dollar instrument.

    The story behind the worst nick in my bass is like this: I was out in my garage jamming way with the door open and in flies a bat. I was scared so I tried taking the bass off as fast as possible but I dropped it and I believe it hit part of my lawn mower therefore taking a piece out. It's about the size of the finger nail from the pinky finger. Hey stuff happens. :(
  15. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I've never dropped a bass, and i've never had strap locks :p . I've had straps come lose all the time, but i've always seemed to catch them. I'm affraid if i get straplocks, that i will be less careful of making sure to catch it, so when the straplocks become loose (i've seen it/heard about it) the bass will actually hit the ground.

    Cone, see why you don't monkey around with basses! :D
  16. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    I am afraid if I buckle my seat belt, I might drive less carefully and actually have a wreck.

    I am afraid if I use sun screen, I might forget to come in out of the sun and have a sun stroke.

    I am afraid if I wear a condom . . .

  17. I'm sure if you asked Mike Dirnt he would just simply say, "Don't worry, it helps the tone.":p
  18. Nailman

    Nailman Guest

    Aug 7, 2002
    Chevy Chase, MD
    Portraitof Tracy,
    Dude, your response is eerily timely - I'm standing last night with my brand spankin, not 10 days old, shiny new Spector NS2000Q4, complete with brand new Straplocks put on the day I bought it, and I had JUST snapped in the bottom and top locks, and had flipped the strap over my shoulders and had JUST let go of her when POP - out flies the top strap from the lock, and somehow, my spiderman, catlike reflexes caught the bass by the neck as it was plummeting to the ground. WHEW! Was my heart racing or WHAT!
    So I suppose its possible I didn't really get the top pin locked in (it sure FELT locked in when I snapped it), but for whatever reason, POP goes the weasle!
    For whatever its worth.
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    When I put my strap in the locks, I always pull out on it as hard as I can, just to make sure. You can never be too sure.
  20. Pharmecopia


    Jul 31, 2002
    its okay, who cares how your bass looks, as long as it plays good. but, im not saying go scratch and dent your bass for fun, but look at jacos bass. when asked why he still played that ratty bass, he smiled, and says, well, it still plays good. :rolleyes: :oops: