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Bass Case (Electric) - Unknown Brand/Model
Fits Fender Jazz, P-Bass
December 2015
I purchased this case from a Craigslist seller, because I had just purchased for myself a nice Ibanez 5-String electric bass, and had no case for it.  I had researched case prices, and the one I really wanted was $159 new. So I set out to spend no more than $45 (what I had left from the last instrument and case I had sold) for a used case. This case came up on Craigslist. The listing was somewhat old, but it was still available. I won't divulge the price I paid, but I felt it was reasonable.

AS RECEIVED 12/21/2015
The photos below only capture part of the problems. In addition to what can be seen in the first photo (appears it was used as a backdrop to spray paint something), it also was missing one of the plastic protective corner pieces on the back side, had several places along the edges where the tolex covering was torn and missing, and it reeked of cigarette smoke.  I tried my bass in it, and found that the strap button on the upper horn would not clear the first support. So I set out on 12/22 to begin refurbishing the case.

These photos show the "after" product. I wanted a nice case for my bass, and figured that, since I was on vacation from my day job, I had the time to fix up this one. It turned out quite nice. If I were to sell it, I could probably get $60 for it easily. However, this does not offset the approximate $70 of labor that I invested--plus the $15 spent for new matching black plastic corner protectors, and consumable materials (Plasti-Dip (see photo), 90% Alcohol, etc). Most times, case repairs become cost effective for vintage high-end cases, like old Gibson cases.

Top of the case, where the evidence of paint was, is now looking brand new.

A close-up here shows that all torn-away tolex areas have been repaired.

View of the handle side of the case. Again, looks new.

Areas where tolex was torn away now cannot be seen. Time taken with this is well spent time. Even close up it is impossible to tell where the tolex was missing.

Here you can see that, adjacent to the first support, I installed a wood block, covered with foam and plush lining. I have salvaged the plush lining from cases that I have had to throw away, because I sometimes need "patches" for cases that I repair. I keep a variety of it around. In this case, the black plush came in handy. I screwed this in from the bottom. I used some Velcro cord straps that I had laying around. This will be the pad to hold my Boss tuner.

NOTE: Also, just above the Velcro, you can barely see in the support, where I cut away a slot for the strap button of my bass to fit. To do this, I took out the center support (4 screws), pulled away the plush cover, and milled a slot in the wood. I then glued the plush covering back in place, and re-installed the support with the 4 screws.

Here, the Boss tuner sits, strapped in with Velcro. 

Here is how the bass now fits. It is snug and tight, and the horn strap button fits neatly into the slot that was cut for it. The Boss tuner is secured in place with the Velcro sitting on the pad made for it.

Tucked neatly in place, leather strap, tuner, and in the compartment--cords, extra batteries (9V) and screwdriver for changing the battery.

Do you have a nice case that has fallen on rough times? Some people don't care about the condition of their case--saying that its only job is to protect the guitar. Others (like me) consider the case to be part of the resale value of a nice instrument, so I like to keep mine nice-looking. If you have a favorite case that needs some TLC, consider at least having me quote it. It costs nothing for a quote, and I promise that you'll be delighted with the end result.