Sunday, 14 March 2010
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:shock: I believe in playing basses and have no problem with "normal" wear and tear, but I have to admit that when my Z3 fell 5 inches onto a tile floor and sustained its' 1st ding I gave a clinic in both English and French expletives that made the neighbor's cows blush. I failed to lock the feet of my stand and when I hung the bass in it the heel clunked and yielded a small ding next to the output jack. It's about 8mm in diameter. I'd like to seal it and was thinking of 600 grit sandpaper and clear nail polish. Any suggestions on a better way to deal with it? I'd like to prevent the small finish at the center of the oval ding from falling out. &%#@! The Murphy's irony is that this is the most expensive bass I have (or will ever) buy, and has the nicest finish of any of my basses, none of which have any dings at all. Oh well, at least it's a tiny blemish in an unobtrusive spot. :shock:
11 years ago
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That's awful, I'm sorry to hear it. The first significant ding or scratch is always the worst. My bass is pretty heavily worn, but only has one major ding and I still remember receiving it even though it happened over a decade ago. It also involved a guitar stand. I'm a firm believer of NOT using them, they're convenient but they give a false sense of security, especially out and about on a gig. When I'm playing out my bass is either around my neck or in it's bag. Here's a pic of he ding, it broke my heart at the time: [url=http://img251.imageshack.us/i/img0194o.jpg/:u8djx92k][img:u8djx92k]http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/7352/img0194o.jpg[/img:u8djx92k][/url:u8djx92k]
11 years ago
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Say it ain't so Lomo! I don't think I can try it anymore. Wait a second... yes, yes I can still try it! :D
11 years ago
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I was none too pleased when I made this ding in my Dinger at a show. I whacked it into the mic stand as I was trying to maneuver on a cramped stage that we were sharing with another band. The other band was considerate enough to leave everything out (including keyboards, when our band has none) leaving us with no room at all. [img:q3fp8vjv]http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w267/Smallmouth_Bass/SJ5Ding.jpg[/img:q3fp8vjv]
11 years ago
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":3kwurxwr]Say it ain't so Lomo! I don't think I can try it anymore. Wait a second... yes, yes I can still try it! :D[/quote:3kwurxwr] I'm sure you'll dig it. Hopefully we'll GTG again at end of the month.
11 years ago
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You may wanna check out [url=http://www.ernieball.com/forums/general-music-discussion/41650-guitar-scratch-remover-excellent.html:3bnzkjnh]this link[/url:3bnzkjnh]. It's on the Ernie Ball forum, but it might be useful.
11 years ago
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The only ding on my first AB1 was when I used to play in a hardcore band in Florida. It was very small and on the side of the headstock. The ding in the side of the guitarist's neck (on the guitar :) ) was not so small. Even he was more worried about the smaller ding in my bass. My current AB1 was well worn in when I bought it so I have never worried about anything minor. I can't imagine how worried I'd be about a Z3!
11 years ago
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I have to admit I've been worried about the first ding or scratch that will occur since I got my Z, and will probably continue to do so until it happens.
11 years ago
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I looked after my MTD maticulously, but even then, I still got a "belt buckle rash" and a nick in the fb. I think the fb nick was from a a guy I lent it to, while I had no idea about the rash on the back. It turns out, it was from plastic shirt buttons! :shock: Needless to say, I don't wear buttoned shirts when I play anymore. :p
11 years ago
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Morris, I'm sorry to hear this. I feel you pain. Take it to an expert. They can likely do a decent job of gluing it back together with thin CA. Lightly sanded and buffed, it should look a lot better.
11 years ago
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The damaged Dingwall thread. This is a tough one to look at. :oops: :cry: I remember an old thread where I mentioned I never wanted to take my Voodoo to a gig because it had no battle scars. Some of you chided me for worrying about it so much..."Just play it. That's what it's made for", I recall somebody saying (Lomo? Smallmouth?). Well, I still forgive you all now for your lack of understanding then. :wink: The only Dingwall I have that is undamaged is my Z3. The Voodoo has a couple of pin-point dings, my AB and Combustion each have a couple of pin-head size dings, and my SJ has a tiny chip on the lower edge of the headstock. I touched it up with some nail polish and it barely shows. None of the damage is photo-worthy, thankfully :| And I do agree with the "just play it" mantra. The pain seems to lessen with time, but it still blows to have your baby get hurt. Mark
11 years ago
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I am actually much better than I used to be. I am in the "just play it" category now, however I hate the fact of having dings that are not really any fault of my own. My mic stand one was me that did it, but if I had more room I don't think it would have happened, so it was partly not my fault. The good thing is that it's not in the wood; it's a paint chip. That being said, it is the only really noticeable damage on any of my Dingwalls.
11 years ago
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In the interest of not misleading my fellow Dingbats through the shortcomings of internet posts, I must say that I was "over it" in about a minute and remain in the "it's a tool to be played" camp. It was just a Dingwall anecdote I was inclined to post. My guitard is a superb inlay artist (his work is pretty mind-blowing) and solid luthier; he'll know what to seal it with.......but he'll smile broadly and quip (good naturedly) that it's all because my frets are crooked.
11 years ago
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My Dingwall got some beer drops on it at one gig. I was playing, everything nice, and then I felt some drops on my right hand. I got chills! My nice Dingwall! Will it absorb some of it before I get the chance to rub it off? Will any stains remain? My Dingwall! What were I thinking when I took such a nice instrument to a gig like this? Anyway, I rubbed them off, no problems. There are no traces of it. There were only a few drops, that could be seen because they are reflective; they are all gone. My guitard was just as lucky, but he has seen it happen; apparently some idiot left his beer cup on the floor, and somebody accidentally stepped on it.
11 years ago
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[quote="lomo":ov2z92l8].......but he'll smile broadly and quip (good naturedly) that it's all because my frets are crooked.[/quote:ov2z92l8] :roll: I get that from people all the time. It gets tiring.
11 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":fsenxjqm][quote="lomo":fsenxjqm].......but he'll smile broadly and quip (good naturedly) that it's all because my frets are crooked.[/quote:fsenxjqm] :roll: I get that from people all the time. It gets tiring.[/quote:fsenxjqm] Funny! Surprisingly enough, I hadn't heard that one. Neither of my Dingwalls have sustained their first, but I don't fret about it. :wink: The last time I inflicted a ding was on the front of a previously mint jazz bass with an XLR plug. Dingwall or not, dings are never any fun, but you get over them...
11 years ago
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Speaking of dented Dingwalls, do not drop the magnetic battery cover on the body of your Z3. However, if you must, do it on the back where I did. It's a very small spot, just a tiny dent in the clear coat, but still, we are talking about an expensive bass. It's the first ding on my Z3. Wahhh! Those magnets are heavy. Kudos on a very robust finish, Sheldon. Mark
11 years ago
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Dings = character!
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That's why I prefer natural finished basses.
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Me too. The dings sort of hide better.
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