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.


 

Installation

  • 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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9 Reviews

  • 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!

  • 5
    Awesome Bumpers!

    Posted by Ji Bocanegra on Apr 7th 2021

    A friend recommended these a while back, and I cannot thank him enough! I’ve been using these (rubber) bumpers for about two years and they’ve only come off once, if not twice, due to the dry desert weather where I reside in or a tight tug from some thing pulling off the bumper. I cannot count how many times these have saved my bass from a scratchy floor I need for either practice or performance. Without a doubt, I recommend these bumpers!

  • 5
    leather bumper works great

    Posted by Srikanth Narayanan on Feb 15th 2021

    I bought two packs of these. The leather is excellent quality, colour blends well with my bass, adhesives work very well. My recommendation to you is the get two packs per bass, so that each bass has 8 bumpers on them. Put 2 bumpers on the upper bout and 6 bumpers on the bottom bout so you can roll the bass down, and the rolling will be entirely on the bumpers.

  • 5
    They do the job!

    Posted by Michael Drost on Jan 26th 2021

    These bumpers do just what Gollihur says they do. They protect the edges of you bass. I have installed them on at least six basses. They work great. Follow the instructions!

  • 3
    Leather bumpers

    Posted by Brice on Dec 6th 2020

    Great idea. I chose to put mine on the player side of the bass for appearance and how I carry the instrument. The bumpers tend to catch on my clothing as I move and slightly uncomfortable. If I were to reinvent the wheel I'd make them half as thick and as wide as a belt.

  • 5
    Great bumpers

    Posted by Jim Sequin on Aug 4th 2020

    Good bumper good price

  • 5
    Work well, inconspicuous.

    Posted by Andy on Jul 16th 2020

    I like these. They stick out just enough so that they protect the edge but they aren't too obvious. The color is good, they almost disappear on my bass.

  • 5
    So glad you have these again!

    Posted by Charles B. on Jul 15th 2020

    I got a set of these years ago for my Kay, and they were great. I came back to get more for my other bass, and they were gone! :-( So glad to see they're back again, I just got a set and they're working great. Thanks for making these available, they're saving my bass edges.

  • 3
    Do Not Stay in Place

    Posted by John Bond on Jul 9th 2020

    The neopreme bumpers come loose from the adhesive. The adhesive strip is left on the bass and the bumpers will not stick to it. I'm going for the leather ones next.

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