The inevitable happened

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aznslappadabass, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Aznslappadabass


    Nov 27, 2012
    I got my 1st ding on my few month old Ray34 (honeyburst). I've gigged with it but in mostly calm settings. Recently I played some pop punk and some original punk rock stuff and my headstock took on the side of an amp, needless to say the amp won...
    I guess it's true, the 1st one is the hardest =)
  2. rust_preacher


    Dec 17, 2009
    Congrats, and keep rocking!
  3. Aznslappadabass


    Nov 27, 2012
    I guess I figured I could keep this beautiful Honeyburst forever, but maybe if I play enough and it wears down a little more I'll get a custom finish done.
  4. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    A gigging bass earns those scars over time. Hard won, I say wear it and them with pride.
  5. This x100.
  6. Aznslappadabass


    Nov 27, 2012
    Good point, maybe I'll get some cheap beater bass to mod and custom finish then. Who knows but I like your point
  7. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    Here's a ding for you.



    Sadly, there's plenty more where that came from.

    Chin up! You get used to it after awhile.
  8. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    You popped your cherry! Basses are made to be played, not just sit at home to be played on your lap for the rest of time.

  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    It still sucks and all those "battle scars" start turning into "lost dollars" at selling time.
  10. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Makes you think twice about swinging an 11-string around your head! ;) :D
  11. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
  12. Aznslappadabass


    Nov 27, 2012
    I am definitely glad that I know I won't be selling this bass, even before it was dinged. Jean that is an impressive ding, but personally speaking I believe those are called nicks, just buff that one out =D. Thanks for the support everyone, I definitely will wear this bass, dings and all, with pride. It's my bass and it's my sound (until GAS overwhelms me to grab a p bass lol).
  13. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Try not to worry about it too much. You're probably the only person who'll notice the battle scar anyway.
  14. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    If you're that worried about a chip in the finish, you're focusing in the wrong thing.
  15. I'd gigged my '95 P-Bass for years before I finally knocked it over on stage one night and gave it a ding on the edge. I was bummed, but it sort of made me stop worrying so much. It sustained a minor ding to the headstock since then, but really it's still in great condition, as is my other main bass, a Lakland Duck Dunn model, which also has one edge ding of unknown origin. Don't sweat it.
  16. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    I generally keep my equipment in as good condition as possible, but I am not as bad as I used to be. Minor bumps and scratches don't really bother me anymore (except if it's on the back of the neck). A big chunk like Jean's and I'd be upset.

    I would say, don't worry about it too much and enjoy playing the bass. Like you mentioned, if it gets too bad, you could always have it refinished eventually. Those thick poly finishes are designed to take a beating though. It should be able to withstand a lot of abuse before it looks really beat up.
  17. My basses get, "relic'd" the honest way. I can't believe people would pay to have fake character built into their new bass.
  18. ih8law


    Aug 8, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Congratulations! Your life just got easier. The first bass I ever bought brand new caused me to fret for years during gigs and practices like an overprotective parent so I could keep it in pristine condition. Then one day the strap popped off and the bass dropped onto a metal bar, taking with it a huge chip of paint. I was devestated at first, but then I realized I didn't need to worry anymore since life moved on as it always did. I suddenly felt free!
  19. Aznslappadabass


    Nov 27, 2012
    I have to agree 100% with you ih8law (except for your username since that's part of my field of study). I am free of the overprotective fear I had over my bass that I saved up for despite my mounting living expenses and tuition.
  20. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish.

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    My Corvette is beat to hell, that's what happens when you play instruments live. Things happen. There are like a thousand scratches on the back from my jeans button (not belt buckly, don't wear it on the front during gigs) and on the top there's a great polished looking wear mark above the strings. Cuz I play the hell out of it :)


    But I've never dropped it on stage, neither does it have any nicks or dents anywhere yet. It's just got the played look about it :)

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