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What's with the stickers on the neck plate

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ShirazBop, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Take 'em off!!

  2. Leave 'em on...

  3. the mandatory "carrots",...

  1. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    So I've noticed a lot of the basses in the classified with the obnoxious little black stickers on the neck plate... You know CE and RoHS markings...

    Personally I find them obnoxious and when I get an instrument, I grab the "Goo Be Gone" to administer "Sticker Be Gone",..

    Curious before I strip these off of my recently aquired 2012 Fender P5 shown here...


    Could I be possibly reducing the value of my instruments or exposing them to a heightened risk of governmental confiscation?

    Whats folks thought on these?
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  4. snarebear


    Apr 19, 2012
    Its yours now do what you want to do.
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Put a thick layer of clearcoat over them so they don't come off; the second hand value of your bass drops through the floor if they have gone missing.
  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    They are pretty unsightly. I'd get rid of them.
  7. I say, screw what the fcc thinks (or whoever takes care of the RoHS crap), rip it off. And the CE sticker has no meaning, really. I mean, sure, you may be breaking every unspoken law by taking them off, but who the hell is gonna know?
  8. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    Lose the stickers, lose the tone. Don't do it.
  9. Someone here once torched me for saying to remove the sticker off of the pickguard on the new Rickenbackers. As much as I like the American flag and am happy that Rickenbackers are "Made In USA", that sticker on the front of the bass takes from the beauty of the instrument.
  10. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    Do what you like with those tags.

    The "Do not remove" warning on basses, as well as mattresses and pillows, only applies up to, and including the point of sale.

    Once you own the bass (or the mattress, or the pillow) you are free to remove the tags.
    organworthyplayer337 likes this.
  11. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Take the tags off the bass and put them on your pillows.
  12. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    You'll usually see them on basses in the classifieds whose listings include the word "minty".

    That said, I leave them on all my basses as a deterrent against neck dive.
  13. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    They are there for Customs inspections - to show that they meet certain standards. They are like the tags on your pillows - once you own the item you can rip 'em off!
  14. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008

    Tea tree oil works just as well and smells 1000% better!
  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Kinda gives the instrument a "Minnie Pearl" vibe. Same holds true for the original hang-tags. For those of you who've never watched "Hee Haw", do a google search.

  16. Supposedly they help fight GAS, why else would you think that brand new bass you bought is: THE ONE. ?
  17. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    Oct 31, 2006
    Do not remove them! I knew a guy who took them off his strat once...guys wearing suits and sunglasses pulled up to his house in blacked-out SUVs and came in to "have a talk" with him. To this day he refuses to tell me what they talked about.
  18. the yeti

    the yeti

    Nov 6, 2007
    raleigh, nc
    are you serious?!? these colors don't run, bud!:D

    hopefully it's obvious I'm joking? i am joking. but really someone took exception to you taking the sticker off your bass? that is a new low i think.:rollno:
  19. :D
  20. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    CT, New England
    They totally disrupt the Feng sueh of the electric bass...