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Playing with bracelet

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mr L, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Mr L

    Mr L

    Jul 22, 2012
    Vancouver BC
    So I have this all leather bracelet that I wear on my right wrist nearly all the time.

    The bracelet is all leather except for a very small and very dull metal button at the back.

    Yesterday at rehearsal my guitar player told me to stop playing with my bracelet on cause it will scratch through the paint really fast.

    I have a red Mexican p bass I've have for about 3 years now and played it hard and often, always with this bracelet on.

    You can see a few scratches where it's been rubbing but the scratches are fewer and smaller than the ones made by my pick!

    So my questions are: do any of you play with a bracelet? Have you ha experience with a bracelet or watch scratching through the paint? How long did it take?

    Still gonna wear the bracelet, especially now that my guitarist told me to take it off hehe
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Your bass, your bracelet, your arms, your life.
    Your choice.

    and if you've been playing your P bass for 3 years and you're not concerned about the scratches - what's to worry about?
  3. Wear and tear. It happens. Naturally worn instruments look really great IMO. You're not hurting anyone, and it's not his bass so...

  4. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    If it has a poly finish like every MIM fender I've seen, you won't scratch through the inish even if your bracelet was 80 grit sandpaper with a cheese grater button.

    DWLANG Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Bartlett, IL
    Get a Fender Roadworn P bass (or Jazz) and you won't care
  6. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    Lol, that's kinda funny. Back when I played with a pick all the time I would wear a sweat band on my right wrist because it stopped my skin from sticking to the bass and dragging. Made it much easier to play the painfully basic but extremely fast stuff I was doing back then.
  7. Back in the day I used a studded leather ones wore the finish off the body of my Gibson over the years. But if you were a metal player you need to dress the part.
  8. ctrotier


    Feb 20, 2008
    Pewaukee, WI
    My bracelet (stainless steel), hasnt' hurt any of my basses.

    My sweat, on the other hand, has corroded bridges, tuners...even stained the bubinga on my Warwicks.
  9. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    IF you are really concerned about scratches you could just spin the bracelet so the snap is facing up when playing. Then just return it to its normal position the rest of the time. Please remain seated until the unit has come to a complete stop.
  10. I did this to, but more because where my arm would rest on the body of my Destroyer would sometimes break out in a rash after especially long, hot, or strenuous playing.
  11. Tell your guitarist that you're relic'ing the instrument.

    I couldn't wear anything like that. I sweat quite easily and a lot, especially with stage lighting. I think I'd stain or rot out the leather. The gold hardware of my Ibanez is tarnished/rusted from years of my sweat.
  12. Unless it's an incredibly expensive vintage instrument, who cares? They were made to be played. I never worry about scratches - they don't hurt the sound.
  13. I always leave my shirt hanging out when I play so I don't get belt buckle scratches on the back of my bass. However, some people are OK with this and would say it looks cool. To each his own. If you wanna wear a leather bracelet when you play, then go for it. Who cares what the gui**** says.

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