Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 17, 2000 at 06:04:30:
In Reply to: ok..........I have a confession to make posted by Kenny on December 16, 2000 at 21:30:05:
: maybe its not really a confession but........I've been playing ....learning ...studying bass for 16 years and I've never learned how to work on my own basses. I've always payed pros to set up my basses and handle adjustments. I've always been so crazy about my basses.....thats the only way I could sleep at night....Frankly, I'm tired of paying all the time and woud really like to approach the task myself. What do you guys think the best path would be? ....and yes ....I am ashamed.......lol.....thanks
There's no need to be ashamed; there's a *lot* of players out there who don't feel comfortable doing their own work on their instruments. Basic setup and repair aren't a matter of arcane mysticism; they're fairly simple once you get the hang of it.
It's just a matter of getting the hang of it, that's all.
To get up to speed, you might want to check out a good page that deals with basic guitar setup (all of which applies to bass, as well); the page is at:
After that, you might want to get a copy of Dan Erlewine's "Guitar Player Repair Guide"; it's a good sourcebook for information about doing guitar and bass repairs. You can find it at your local bookstore or music store, or you can get it at Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Supply (www.stewmac.com; get their free catalog while you're at it).
Of course, you have to keep in mind that you want to know *exactly* what you're doing, which is why you want to get the best info possible.
Hope that helps!
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