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Posted by Mickster on May 18, 2001 at 11:55:19:
In Reply to: Question:How should I store my bass? posted by Ken L. on May 18, 2001 at 10:40:20:
: Okay, the bad news is I am going to graduate school and won't be playing much
: for the next 2-3 years. I was wondering, should do anything special to my
: bass when I store it, like take the strings off or losen them? Obviously, I
: am going to put my bass in it's case and in a safe place away from heat
: and cold. But do I need to do anything else?
: If it matters, it's a Fender Jazz Bass.
: ken l.
Ken, I've heard professionals say that you should loosen your strings about 1/2
turn just to relieve the constant tension on the neck if you're going to store it for an extended period. I have a 21 year old Ibanez Musician that, for a period of about five years I played very little. It wasn't in storage per se, but for all intents and purposes it was. I didn't do anything special except loosen the strings as described above. The bass is fine. No problems to report.
I would however, open the case and check up on it every other month or so just to make sure there's no mold or other unwanted people hanging around in there.
P.S. If you don't mind me asking, why won't you be playing it that much in the next few years? If you're graduating, this should give you oodles of time to play since: No more pencils, no more books, No more fresh water fishing hooks!
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