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Theft protecting your bass

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Benbass, Nov 13, 2002.


  1. Benbass

    Benbass

    Jan 28, 2002
    Kansas
    I recently saw another post on the Bassgear site about some poor cat getting his bass ripped off. I talked to my insurance man and what he told me about replacement value wasn't very promising. And he won't insure the bass if I make money with it anyway. Plus it would be hard to replace my instrument.

    So I wanna know what you guys are doing to protect your investment. I just saw this ad in a computer store flyer about a GPS locator watch for small children. I'm thinking about sewing one of these into the lining of my bass case. Anyone steals it, I just locate them on the internet and go whoop some @%$. Anyone tried anything similar???
    The only catch is that the watch costs $400. Know of anything cheaper??
     
  2. Depends on your insurance - my homeowners insurance will pay me the amount I have listed - its called itemizing.
     
  3. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    There are companies that insure instruments whether you use them professionally or not. I have all my gear insured for replacement value with Merz-Huber. Cost is less than my homeowners policy wanted for a rider to cover my instruments UP TO $5,000 provided I don't use them professionally. :eek: :eek: . Without going into detail, my replacement value for my total stash lists at several times $5,000.

    One thing that I've done is I've gotten an stencil and engraved the inside of the control cavity plates on my basses.....my name & address....when and where I bought them....any interesting history on them.....If I ever record with any of them (very not likely) I would add the dates and songs of the recordings.

    If I ever "lost" one of my basses and found it on eBay or at a pawn shop it would be fairly easy to surprise the "seller" with my knowledge of what's scripted. On two of my three basses the control cavity covers are brass, so it would be hard to remove the evidence.

    Peace,

    James
     
  4. I just use really crappy stuff that no one would want to steal...it's foolproof.
     
  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    put a lojack in the control cavity :)
     
  6. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I've been thinking on what I think as very good idea on marking up your basses: realistic manufacturer logos, model names etc - added to some part of your bass where they _don't_ exist in stock instruments, for example engraved in trussrod cover.

    To the thief, they look all the same if he doesen't have extremely exact information about the particular bass.
     
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I've heard that a good guard penguin is the best way to go.....;)
     
  8. Benbass

    Benbass

    Jan 28, 2002
    Kansas
    Thanks for the advice on insurance. Maybe I need to shop around. Who says you can't have more than one insurance man.


    Guard Penguin?? *scratches head*
     
  9. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Trust me. One of own senior citiz..um, senior members has one, and his 7,430 basses have remained well-protected.

    j/k brad :D
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I have special musical instrument insurance - it costs me £100 a year to insure my instruments for £5,000 - although it excludes theft from an unattended car!
     
  11. That seems like a good deal Bruce.

    Is this part of your home owners cover or a separate policy - if so can you advise who the insurance company is? Will they cover for professional use?

    Might try them myself.

    M.
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It is a separate thing with a specialist company for Musical instrument insurance - they are called British Reserve -

    www.musiciansinsurance.co.uk

    but they have a special section for electric instruments which are more likely to be stolen apparently!! :(

    So my policy is actually with Bryan James Company.

    This was recommended to me by Jazz pros - so it is intended for professional purposes.
     
  13. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I use "The Club."

    brad cook