All of my basses are in perfect condition, no nicks or scratches anywhere. That's because I had a special chamber constructed that I place them in very carefully to play them. It has holes in the back with gloves that I insert my arms and hands into, and then I can manipulate the strings with the gloves. Everything inside the box is padded velvet, so that if the bass falls out of the neoprene mounts that hold it in playing positon, it will not suffer any damage. And of course, it has a plexiglass front, so that the audience can see the instrument when I am playing it. When I am not playing my basses, they are stored in their flight cases, inside a climate controlled vault underneath the basement of my house, that only I have the combination to.