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Bass Edge Protector Set - Bumpers (Leather or Rubber)

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Whenever you put your bass down on its side, you risk scratches, dents, or chips in the edges! Choose one of these simple sets of 4 stick-on protectors to provide "bumpers" or "feet" that will elevate the edges off the floor and keep the wood from taking on that damage. They should have no effect on your instrument's tone, due to their recommended location at the edges of your bass' side.
No tools or modifications required: they are easily installed using an adhesive which is pre-applied to each pad. Note that the adhesive is designed for permanent use; as a result, removing the bumpers once the adhesive has "set" (about 72 hours, according to the instructions) could potentially mar or damage the finish... but isn't that better than grinding the edges of your bass away?

Each set of four (enough for one side of the bass) comes complete with simple instructions and an alcohol prep pad to prepare the installation locations.

Simple and effective edge protection!

We have two different bumper options!

Leather "Deluxe" Bumpers

Leather deluxe bumpersThe "deluxe" bumpers are handcrafted in soft dyed leather, which provides a softer "footing" between your bass and whatever surface you put it down onto. They're low profile and extremely lightweight.

The leather bumpers are two-tone; they feature a warm "burnished" brown top finish, and the sides are dyed black to make them low-profile and classy-looking.

These are specially made for Gollihur Music by a specialty leatherworker -- we even have our own exclusive die for producing them(!) -- and you can't find this exact bumper design anywhere else.

Dimensions of the leather bumpers (may vary slightly, as these are hand-crafted):

  • Thickness: 11/32nd inch/8.8mm
  • Width: 3/8th inch/9.75mm
  • Length: 2.45 inches/62.3mm

Package includes 4 bumpers (enough for one side), alcohol cleaning pad, and instructions.

Rubber "Standard" Bumpers

The "standard" bumpers are crafted of 60 Durometer Neoprene Rubber, which is very dense, durable rubber which will last a very long time, but has a nice amount of "give" so putting the bass down on them won't transmit the shock to the instrument's ribs. Like the leather bumpers, they are backed with VHB (Very High Bond) permanent adhesive for easy (and permanent) peel-and-stick application.

These are exclusively made for Gollihur Music by a specialty rubber company, and you can't find this specific bumper anywhere else.

Dimensions of the rubber bumpers (may vary slightly):

  • Thickness: 3/8 inch/9.75mm
  • Width: 3/8th inch/9.75mm
  • Length: 2.5 inches/64.25mm

Package includes 4 bumpers (enough for one side), alcohol cleaning pad, and instructions.


Will removal of these bumpers damage (or will having bumpers devalue) my instrument?

The side bumpers, when installed properly, protect the instrument's edges from damage that occurs from being laid on its side on the floor. The intent is that they are permanent, meaning, that the adhesive is strong and if you change your mind about using them, there's certainly a possibility that they could leave marks or other finish damage. So it's up to you to decide whether you prefer scraping the edge finish of the bass on the floor, or the possible finish issues down the road if you remove those protective bumpers.

plastic razor bladeThat said, they can be removed. Plastic scrapers (they look like a plastic version of a razor blade, see one at right) are a very effective tool at removing the bumpers, should you change your mind (or need to replace one.) You can often find these scrapers at the hardware store (DON'T use a metal one, unless you truly WANT to scratch up your bass.) Any remaining adhesive can normally be "rubbed off" with your thumb, kind of like you do with the residue of a price tag on the new pan you just bought at the department store.

As for devaluing your instrument (say, if you were planning to sell the instrument in a few years)? I'd think that a savvy buyer would see that you took the proactive step to protect the instrument from unnecessary damage, and would actually appreciate that. And the small aesthetic compromise of having fairly inconspicuous bumpers on the ribs shouldn't be a deal-breaker if the bass plays well and sounds good. But honestly, I can't really speak for the quirks and requirements of a buyer - so again, it's up to you whether you decide that these are right for you.

And again, they can be removed, but just be aware that there is that little bit of risk involved.



  • Each set is designed to protect one side of your instrument. Monitor your habits and you'll probably find the favored side is the one against your body, but you can determine that.
  • While the bass is put on its side, use pieces of masking tape, Post-it, etc., to indicate exactly where your bass meets the floor, so the bumpers will be in the right places.
  • Turn the bass over, and again, use masking tape or a marker to put guides on the sides to show exactly where you want to put the bumpers. You want accurate placement for the most attractive result, so be sure each pair is exactly in the same place.
  • Some basses have an extra wood strip along the side of the edge. Depending on construction and wear you may want to place the bumpers there or on the side. Check the fit and make sure the top of the bumper is taller than the edge of the bass.
  • Follow the package instructions for cleaning and applying the bumpers.



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13 Reviews

  • 2
    Great idea but not sturdy

    Posted by Mike Perez on Mar 2nd 2023

    I really like having these bumpers on my bass, but they get loose and the leather has come apart numerous times and I've had to glue the strips of leather back together with CA and glue them back to my bass with hide glue. They aged very quickly too (but that looks kind of cool on by beat up Kay)

  • 5
    3 stars for Neopreme and 5 stars for Leather

    Posted by John Bond on Feb 16th 2023

    I felt like the price of leather was too high and bought several sets of Neopreme to start with. They were great for what they were, but they wouldn't stay on my bass. They would peel away from the adhesive. I told Gollihur about this and they sent me a replacement set. They peeled away from the adhesive too. Then I bought the leather bumpers and they're still holding strong and protecting my bass. I put 4 of them on the lower bout and 2 on the upper bout and this works well for me.

  • 2
    Bass edge protector set- Leather

    Posted by Tom DAngelo on Nov 10th 2022

    While these are a great idea, they don’t last very long in their construction. I’ve had to purchase a replacement set due to the bumper coming apart on the instrument. The leather is stacked in layers to achieve a certain thickness. The layers of leather separate and fall off over a period of time and render the bumpers useless. Not to mention having to remove what’s left of the old bumper to install a new one has damaged the finish on my bass. Like I said, wonderful idea… just not very well made.

  • 5
    Bass Edge Bumper Protectors

    Posted by M M on Nov 30th 2021

    I purchased both the Leather and Rubber bumpers, they work great and definitely do the job. The black rubber looks great on a ebony board upright. And the leather looks great in any upright. Do your bass a favor, protect its edges, Thanks for offering them.

  • 5
    Bass Edge Protector Set - Bumpers (Leather)

    Posted by Sawmill Murray on Apr 20th 2021

    These are great! I'm not a big fan of hauling around a stand, so I'd been resting my bass on its side and was starting to notice some wear. These bumpers came with clear and easy instructions for application and work very well to protect the edges of my bass when I lay it down!

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