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Posted 05 August 2017 - 05:54 PM

I am the lucky owner of an SKB Bass Safe, which has proved itself to be one of the best purchases I have made in the last few years. Grab a bass, stick it into a gigbag and fly without a heavy heart.

However, I remember reading some time back that it is possible to carry two basse in the bass safe. This would be fantastic, since I just so happen to prefer to go carry my Jazz Bass and a five stringer if at all possible. So far, I have only tried to put two basses together in the same gigbag (not advisable, I think) and, while it is a snug fit, it's a fit.

I was wondering if anybody had any experience with double gigbags (or just one gigbag with two basses) and the bass safe. If that were to work, I'd call myself very lucky.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 12:58 PM

Hi biro,

I am looking at the same thing atm as I also read that somebody fitted 2 basses into the Bass Safe but all I read online is that only 1 fits.

Have you managed to fit 2?

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 01:28 PM

Pretty sure Kiwi had two in his last time he visited. Send him a PM perhaps.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 02:43 PM

I have used a Mk 1 bass safe with a Levy double gig bag and it depends on the overall thickness of your basses. Anything with a radiussed top won't work so forget Warwicks, Spectors and anything semi hollow. Standard Fender type instruments with flat tops and hardware will just about be OK. The thinner the gig bag, the better for fit.

Normally I go with a guitar and a headless/semi hollow bass in a double gig bag. But on one occasion I wrapped a reliced guitar in microfibre towels (which can be secured with velcro cable ties) with a bass in a gig bag and it worked out really well.
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 03:05 PM

 Kiwi, on 23 August 2017 - 02:43 PM, said:

I have used a Mk 1 bass safe with a Levy double gig bag and it depends on the overall thickness of your basses. Anything with a radiussed top won't work so forget Warwicks, Spectors and anything semi hollow. Standard Fender type instruments with flat tops and hardware will just about be OK. The thinner the gig bag, the better for fit.

Normally I go with a guitar and a headless/semi hollow bass in a double gig bag. But on one occasion I wrapped a reliced guitar in microfibre towels (which can be secured with velcro cable ties) with a bass in a gig bag and it worked out really well.
Thanks for the info Kiwi! Did you find that the 2 instruments were safe enough that way?

I am looking into fitting a Jazz Bass and a Mustang Bass into the SKB and flying with it... I guess I will only know for sure once I get it and try to fit both basses. I think that the MkII differs from the MKI in the locking system only IIRC.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 07:46 AM

View PostByo, on 23 August 2017 - 03:05 PM, said:

Thanks for the info Kiwi! Did you find that the 2 instruments were safe enough that way?
For the most part, yes. If you get two gig bags, go for the thinnest so you have enough room. The basses won't move around as much because they'll be jam packed so no need for the extra padding and they'll be protected from sharp impacts in the same way by the shell. If you're going to put other stuff in the case, make sure you are careful about sharp corners/edges and make sure the gig bag zips don't get caught between the shell and the instrument or you'll end up with a zip shaped indentation in the finish...as I did.
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Posted 25 August 2017 - 07:10 PM

View PostKiwi, on 24 August 2017 - 07:46 AM, said:

For the most part, yes. If you get two gig bags, go for the thinnest so you have enough room. The basses won't move around as much because they'll be jam packed so no need for the extra padding and they'll be protected from sharp impacts in the same way by the shell. If you're going to put other stuff in the case, make sure you are careful about sharp corners/edges and make sure the gig bag zips don't get caught between the shell and the instrument or you'll end up with a zip shaped indentation in the finish...as I did.
Thanks for the info Kiwi! I highly appreciate it as there is no genuine info online about fitting 2 basses into the case.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 01:33 PM

View PostByo, on 25 August 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Thanks for the info Kiwi! I highly appreciate it as there is no genuine info online about fitting 2 basses into the case.
You're welcome. Do it at your own risk though - it's a hack.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 08:38 PM

Thanks a lot! I have tried with mine (I suppose it's a MK2) and fitting a stratocaster and an Ibanez Soundgear in it seemed quite a tight fit. I might try if I have to, but it does not seem ideal I have to say. Perhaps a thinner bag might help.
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:39 AM

I might add that I have the impression that MK2 bass safes might be a little smaller than their predecessor. Number one reason why I think so is that I have been having difficulties fitting a thomann top-of-the-line gigbag in it. True, its leathery finish makes it less slippery than it would be ideal to fit it in the safe smoothly, but still, it didn't look so big in comparison to a normal gigbag. I guess I will have to find a double gigbag and see if it fits.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 10:08 AM

I have a Fusion double gig bag - its immense and pretty bombproof

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:20 AM

Ive tried this with one of the older model ones (butterfly catches).

All ready to trial it on a trip to rehearsal, two squire precision, a 4 string and a 5 string. Both fit fine, left my room, went down the first step on the stairs, the catches decided no (not hard, only took a light breeze for them to pop open even with a padlock fitted). Lots of banging and watching in slow motion as half the case and both basses made their way to the bottom of the stairs very quickly. Didn't try it again.

In the end I toured with just one bass, but every time it come off the conveyor the case was in pieces.

On returning home went through a lengthy complaints procedure to SKB. Originally they just sent new latches, but in the end caved and sent me the newer model with a combination lock.

You'd probably be safe trying it with a newer one.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:13 PM

View PostJimryan, on 09 September 2017 - 09:20 AM, said:

Ive tried this with one of the older model ones (butterfly catches).

All ready to trial it on a trip to rehearsal, two squire precision, a 4 string and a 5 string. Both fit fine, left my room, went down the first step on the stairs, the catches decided no (not hard, only took a light breeze for them to pop open even with a padlock fitted). Lots of banging and watching in slow motion as half the case and both basses made their way to the bottom of the stairs very quickly. Didn't try it again.

In the end I toured with just one bass, but every time it come off the conveyor the case was in pieces.

On returning home went through a lengthy complaints procedure to SKB. Originally they just sent new latches, but in the end caved and sent me the newer model with a combination lock.

You'd probably be safe trying it with a newer one.
Thanks for the advice Jimryan. I am certainly looking at the newer model as I believe that the older (MKI) SKB had many issues with the locking system.

Janek Gwizdala uses one (I believe it is a MKII) and he showed on his Vlog that he has to lock the case with zip ties on the handles due to the TSA lock eventually breaking, which leads me to think that the weakest point is the latch mechanism as it suffers from quite a lot of stress during travel.

I will get one anyways as I like the concept of the whole Bass Safe thing and will see how a J and a Mustang fit.
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