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Make your own serial number?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by gebass6, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    There are basses that come from certain makers that don't have serial numbers put on them.
    Custom builds for one.

    Some times I have to temporarily pawn a bass.
    ALWAYS temporarily!
    Some pawn shops won't take a bass that doesn't have a serial number

    OEM products such as my Wolf bass,don't come with a serial number/ID number.
    Snapshot_2015503 (2).
    What I'm asking is....is it possible for me to make up my own serial number/ID number?
    Would it be legal?
  2. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Whenever I make one of my jalopy parts basses, I remove the original serial number and add some sort of red-herring gibberish in its place. Maybe that particular bass isn't the best choice to pawn?
  3. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Which is exactly why I don't ever pawn it.
    But my only other choice is my fretless.
  4. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    I bought one without a serial number and Paul at the shop said it would be okay to make a mark of some kind behind the neck plate, as a protection against theft. Not a bad idea but neck plates like this are a dime a dozen. Paint in some DNA maybe, like they do sometimes with artworks. Verification would be a tad laborious though :) I got nuthin'.
  5. Cereal_Numbers.
  6. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned

    Put something, anything on the bass to identify it as yours. Get some metal stamps and put your phone number on it like it was the serial number.
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  7. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    Why would it be illegal to put a number on your property?

    Use your SSAN. I dare you.
  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I used the last four digits of my SSN to mark my really expensive tools when I was in mechanics and machine shops.
  9. Get a labeler. Make a label.
  10. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    That's cheap looking.
    And it can be removed by anyone.

    Stamped numbers is what I will do.
  11. That's fair. I figured you just wanted to put a serial number on it so the store would accept it, not that it needed to be pretty or permanent. That would put a serial number on it.
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  12. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    I would say that yes, it would be legal. In fact, in the case of some things - like custom, made-from-scratch guns, cars, or motorcycles - it's not only legal, it's required. In those cases, something like your initials and a number - ABC 001, for instance - is perfectly acceptable. How you do it is, of course, up to you...:thumbsup:
  13. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008

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