The Bass Shack – A Picture May Be Worth More Than a Thousand Words…
Hey All – this is the first installment of my new monthly column “The Bass Shack”. The plan is to focus on a single, practical issue each month with the goal of making things go a little smoother for those of you just starting out in the business. I’ve got a whole stack of ideas, but I would love to hear from you if have some favorite bass-related tip to share!
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A Picture May Be Worth More Than a Thousand Words
If you are a gigging musician, odds are that you occasionally keep some pretty late hours. Working a long day and dragging yourself home at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning can be physically and mentally draining– at least that’s my excuse for making a poor decision. Early one morning, after a long night of gigging and driving, I decided to leave all my gear in my car out in front of my house and slink into bed.
It was a poor decision because I woke up to find the rear window of my Four Runner diced and almost all of my gear gone. The type of theft, at least in Northern California, is called Car Clouting. The thief carries around a very hard object and uses it to shatter the tempered window glass and then simply reaches in and grabs whatever looks valuable. Your beloved and valuable instruments and amplifiers can disappear in a matter of minutes.
If I had it to do again, I would have at least brought my basses inside the house (I now always bring in those items that are highly personal, hard to replace, and easiest to steal). Luckily, I had recorded the make and model of each piece of gear lost and was able to produce this needed documentation to the police and my insurance company. Unfortunately, my gear was never recovered, but my wonderful insurance company covered my losses.
Saving receipts is an awesome way to document the gear you own, but may not be enough, and may not be possible if the item was purchased long ago or bought on the used market.
So this leads me to this months tip: A quick and easy way to document your gear is to simply take a few key photo’s of each item, making sure to get overall shots of the front and back, then close-ups of the make and model labels, serial number(s) and any distinguishing features such as: aftermarket upgrades, unique damage or wear marks. Make sure to save these images securely, which may mean multiple backups or you may opt to print them out and file them away for safe keeping – your call. The important thing is that you will now be able to produce documentation that the police and your insurance company can use to aid you in the event that the unthinkable happens.