Scratches! How to get rid of them?!?!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Punk_Princess19, Oct 7, 2001.

  1. Leave the scratches there.. They're full of love and memories...

    20 vote(s)
  2. Wait til you get more scratches.. then do what is nescessary...

    1 vote(s)
  3. Paint over them..

    0 vote(s)
  4. Use that car stuff that ruins the finish but fills the scratches...

    1 vote(s)
  1. I have many scratches on my new bass from luggin it around. :( I know im gonna get scratches on it sooner or later.. but i wanted it to be later. :) DOes anyone know how to cover them.. other than painting over them. :confused: Some said use that car stuff that takes away the scratches on cars.. but.. thats is supposed to ruin the finish on it so it will scratch easier. So.. any ideas?!?!:cool:
  2. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Maybe I´m loco,
    but I think you should leave alone every scratch you made to your bass, they are part of its "soul", they give him/her personality....:D

    My band´s guitarrist always hit his new Gibson SG Gothic with one finger ring, and the finish its all filled with little holes and scratches, he says "if you love someone/thing, then you should hurt it":eek:
  3. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001
    Leave 'em. They're no big deal, and you're going to get more. Unless you've got a $4000 boutique bass or something....

    Look at Jaco's bass. They dents and dings in that thing were so distinctive, his signature model bass from Fender has them incorporated into the finish.
  4. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    When I buy basses, I like them new. I don't want one that someone else has trashed.

    Of course I try to avoid putting any scratches and dings in my bass, but it happens. I leave them alone. It's "character."
  5. Nails


    Jun 4, 2000
    Austin, Tejas
    I, like everyone else, think you should leave them be. Adds some character to the bass, makes it less of a perfect off the shelf item and more of what it should be, a tool and instrument that's supposed to be used.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Do what I do. Get a new bass. An expensive one. Works every time.
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    If they're just surface scratches, like fingernail or pick scratches in the poly finish, one of the polishes made for "no wax" car finishes work. You usually are instructed to let them dry to dull haze and wipe them off. Works fine for me.

    Meguiar's Show Car Glaze is a good one.

    Whatever you do, avoid aerosol anything unless it is a guitar polish/cleaner. Aerosols usually contain silicones and that isn't a good thing.
  8. A bass without scratches is like a human without scars : a sissy that hasn't had any life-experience.
  9. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
  10. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    O man, its part of my bass, on the back of my p-bass, its mutalated. dont ask why. and then my tone knob is GONE, one of the things that held the knob on fell off when i (not on purpose) slamed it into a door. so now theres this little metal thing sticking out where my tone knob should be. that and a i slamed a jeep chroke hatchback (With out those little air springs, they were gone) on to my bass. huge dent. but i love it still, becuase its MY bass.
  11. Bassr64


    Feb 9, 2001
  12. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Here's what i think about scratches. Scratches build a basses character. They shouldn't be put on purposely, but it is okay if there is a dig here or there. I beleive the owner of the instrument should be the one that builds the instrument's character, not a luthier designing a bass for somebody (i just think that is cheasy to buy a bass with fake scratches and wear.) Look at jaco, i watched a video of him today where he was trying to balance his fender on his hand (with the body end in the air), he almost jump on it off of his amp, etc. By covering up scratches, you are coving up your bass's personality, and even your own.
  13. LiL BaSS DuDe

    LiL BaSS DuDe Guest

    May 15, 2001
    I CRIED when I put a chip in my bass. It fell off the strape on the right-hand side, I was holding it by the neck.. it hit a chair leg. :(

    I hate to see chips in my bass, espeicially when it goes right through all the paint, but I guess that why my bass was cheap.. the finish rips :p
    Scratches don't bother my much now, as long as it doesn't affect th sound..

    Port , have you still got the knob? You could easily just buy a new grub-screw (the screw that holds the knob in place) or even buy a new knob..
  14. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ok (lil bass) dude. its not port. its polly. and i thought of that, but dont know where i could get one. i still have the knob, but where could i find one?