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We've moved into a house with really low ceilings. Especially my play room.

I got a new bass very recently - an SR1305-TSF.

I usually practice sat down,  but on the couple of occasions when I've tried playing standing up, well apart from the strap ends making annoying squeaking sounds, the other problem is the low ceilings. When I come to put the bass back down, I have been very close to scraping the headstock against the ceiling, and this is a knobbly ceiling too!

Has anybody come up with some kind of headstock-sock, a.k.a a headsock? :) I have put some foam on at the moment but it's not stuck too well. I think some sort of thick clear stretchy silicone would be good. Something that puts a 2mm thick cover just over the end, but stretches over and sits tight enough that it moulds to the shape of the headstock - the bit above the tuners only, of course.

 

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How about two football socks ? Ie two layers 

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Just now, Geek99 said:

How about two football socks ? Ie two layers 

I suppose.. yeah I could put actual big thick socks over the whole headstock, but I was thinking about an elegant and permanent solution :)

Imagine shrink-wrap just over the end, but thick, clear, and silicone-jelly like.

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Just now, Bunion said:

Stop jumping around.... your not flea 😂🤣😋

haha. it's just when I take it off my shoulder - to put it back down. I forget that the ceiling is there. Had some very close encounters already.

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4 minutes ago, carl0s said:

I suppose.. yeah I could put actual big thick socks over the whole headstock, but I was thinking about an elegant and permanent solution :)

Imagine shrink-wrap just over the end, but thick, clear, and silicone-jelly like.

Tea cosy - or would a big golf club “glove” do 

 

BAH same idea same moment @Bunion

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5 minutes ago, Bunion said:

What about a golf club cover?

Ooh yeah maybe. some interesting things coming up there. Thanks :)

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Aside from the bloody obvious of remembering the ceiling and compensating for it, how about straplocks, so you don't need to lift the bass over your head to remove it?

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engage your brain dude !

Straplocks , don't lift the strap over your head.

put a piece of foam on your ceiling?

but, after you ding it once, you won't do it again :)

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10 hours ago, carl0s said:

Imagine shrink-wrap just over the end, but thick, clear, and silicone-jelly like.

You used to be able to get something called Plasti Dip for coating handles of tools. In theory it peels off and leaves the surface underneath undamaged. Not sure I'd want to try it on a bass myself.

Maybe some acoustic foam tiles on the ceiling?

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I'd recommend keeping a relatively expensive clip on tuner attached to the end of the headstock. After smashing the first 2 or 3 you'll find you're much more careful.

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I used a product from 3M years back on my bass as it had no scratchplate and my fingernails were wearing through the wood coating underneath the strings ( I had an unusual playing technique back then i.e. poor lol)

This was years ago mind so they may not do it anymore but it was a pack of clear plastic 'dots' and 'lozenges' that you applied like a sticking plaster. Worked a treat. Cant mind for the life of me what it was called though......

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Sticky-backed draught excluder tape comes in a range of browns , black , widths and thicknesses .

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Can't you just take the strap off at one end rather than lifting the bass over your head?

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11 hours ago, carl0s said:

We've moved into a house with really low ceilings. Especially my play room.

I usually practice sat down,  but on the couple of occasions when I've tried playing standing up

Are you sure this is bass related? xD

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14 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

Aside from the bloody obvious of remembering the ceiling and compensating for it,

This. Give it a while and it will become second nature not to lift the bass above your head. Try sliding the strap off your shoulder in a sort of saucy undressing kinda way. Works for me (the action, not the image of you doing it! :D)

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