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Dudes. Has anyone got any ideas or expertise on sropping buckle rash? I’m going to start wearing a bullet belt and it’s going to shred the back of my bass if I don’t do something to protect it. I’m thinking about laptop screen protection film or something similar. The bass is nitro painted so I’d like to be able to remove it if possible.

Any tips or ideas welcome 👍

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a bar towel tucked into the front of your jeans??

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I wear my belt with the buckle to the side so it's over my hip rather than above my gentlemen area. It probably looks a bit daft if you've got your shirt tucked in but with the shirt untucked the buckle isn't visible. 

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Just now, Osiris said:

I wear my belt with the buckle to the side so it's over my hip rather than above my gentlemen area. It probably looks a bit daft if you've got your shirt tucked in but with the shirt untucked the buckle isn't visible. 

Me too

 

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Wear a different belt when you're playing??

I occasionally wear a belt with a small but potentially scratchy buckle, and just slip it round so the buckle is on my hip out of the way. (As @Osiris just said while I was typing 🙂 ) Or pull my shirt or t-shirt out of my trousers enough to hang down over it. 

My 2002 Jazz is pretty much immaculate apart from horrendous buckle rash that looks like someone deliberately took a coarse metal rasp to the whole of the back. Can't understand how anyone could have such a gorgeous bass and let that happen to it. Credit for thinking about it! 

 

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9 minutes ago, rollie 55 said:

why not😎

Why not indeed!

Surely though, if you’re in the sort of band where you wear a bullet belt, then the bass should be waaaay below the belt line! 😁😂😜

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Buy a fridge or tv, accept delivery, then discard the tv/fridge and cut the polystyrene packaging panels sides down such that you end up with a piece of around 12 inches square. Glue this to the back of your bass. Now your belt is distanced from your bass’s rear surfaces. 7-8 inches of separation should be adequate 

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1 minute ago, ianrendall said:

Why not indeed!

Surely though, if you’re in the sort of band where you wear a bullet belt, then the bass should be waaaay below the belt line! 😁😂😜

i suppose so but you never know some people😃 

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Also, people pay hundreds for the roadworn effect. People could pay you to play their basses to get the same effect ‘au naturale’😁

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2 minutes ago, ianrendall said:

Also, people pay hundreds for the roadworn effect. People could pay you to play their basses to get the same effect ‘au naturale’😁

oh yes i can do that:tatice_03:

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If I'm wearing a belt for a gig, I redo it so that the buckle is on my hip just before the soundcheck. No buckle rash and no ones going to see it cos you have a big piece of wood hanging in front of you.

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You could get some heavy contact film & cut it to size to put over the back of the bass.  

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2 minutes ago, DaveFry said:

The old Gretsch method :
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Yeah but it kind of seems a bit redundant to drill 8 holes in your bass so as not to damage it. 

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1 minute ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

Yeah but it kind of seems a bit redundant to drill 8 holes in your bass so as not to damage it. 

Avoid drilling holes in the back of your bass...  Use self tapping screws.

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I protect the finish on mine by putting a large gut between me and the bass. Very effective, and super-attractive.

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Take a pillow from your bed to every gig, and use cling film to attach it  to yourself .. job done

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Just now, fleabag said:

Take a pillow from your bed to every gig, and use cling film to attach it  to yourself .. job done

YES job done😃

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5 minutes ago, White Cloud said:

Don't wear a belt. I've never wore one and not put a single scratch on the back of any bass in 36 yrs of playing. 

I tried that once.  Midway through the first song, my jeans fell down.

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