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My Bass Smells

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Matthew_84, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Hey all,

    So on Boxing Day of 2010, I bought a used year 2000 Fender that came in its molded Fender hard shell case from Long & McQuade. I believe the original owner didn't play it much as it had the original Fender stock strings on it and it seemed like no one had made any adjustments on it for years. So I'm thinking it spent much of its time in its case.

    It's had some strange smell to it ever since I brought it home. I can't describe it: kind of a musky, woody, even old furniture sort of a smell. It's not that it smells bad, it's just pretty strong. I certainly get a good whiff of it whenever I open the case and for pretty much the entire time I play it, if I happen to think of it. It can be a bit distracting at times.

    The case smells too, and since it's lined with fabric, it may even seem to hold the smell better. I'm not sure if maybe the bass is picking up the smell from the case or vice versa.

    My other basses don't smell at all, but they're also newer and are stored in soft gigbags (if that makes a difference).

    Anyways, I've tried spraying the inside of the case with Febreze, but it just gives it more of a fragrant sort of a smell. Any ideas?
  2. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Better a bass to smell than to stink.

    Matthew: During your 14-day summer up there in Canada :D, take the case and bass outside at your residence and air those puppies out for an afternoon. You can't cover up stank, but you can let it diffuse away into your neighbor's wife (did I just write that?).

    I'm actually serious about airing it out, but I do love me some Canada (well, I've been to Montreal [twice] and Toronto, as well as the hockey Hall of Fame). I also went to a Tim Horton's. They were shooting a porno in the hotel room next to me in Toronto. The strip clubs are better in Montreal, however.
  3. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Consider the other meaning of this word and you might have your answer. Just my opinion, but closed, old, and musky is usually not a good thing.
  4. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I'm hoping that he meant "plastic molded" and not "water-damaged molded."

    I've nicely cleaned up natty cases with dilute bleach on a cloth/paper towel followed by a water-damp cloth followed by a dry cloth and, after an appropriate drying time (~30 min), a liquid shoe polish.

    As for the interior and bass, air-ventilation in the sun is a charm. And it's cheap.
  5. LOL John, your entire post made me crack up!

    I'm not surprised of the film shoot, but I do have to disagree with you about the strip clubs LOL. In Montreal it costs $10 for a lap dance and you can't touch them at all... I don't even think they can touch you. In Toronto it's $20, but you can practically touch anything and so can they... And they have... But I'm engaged now so no more of that, LOL... But there are a lot of strip clubs in Toronto with girls missing teeth, so yeah.. You could be right. I guess it depends what you go there for!

    And you're probably right about letting them air out. I'll do that when this blasted rain lets up. Thanks again John.
  6. And yes, it's a plastic-molded case, LOL.
  7. I'm not too far south of the OP. This is the prime time of the year to put the case out in the sun for awhile, then when you decide to close it up, dump in a bunch of cedar chips or shavings. I have a coffin case that has a really weird perfume/something else I can't identify smell, and I filled it with a bagful of cedar shavings that are sold for hamster cages. They're cheap and seem to be working so far.
  8. Sounds good, I will pick some of those up. Thanks.

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