Just curious, how do you care for all of your basses? Being that you have over 50, do you like take a day and service all at one time? As far as setups and string changing?
Honestly, I'm not sure that I have 50. I'm not sure even I have 40. But if I had to guess I'd say 40ish. People who've seen them tend to think that they're me be more than 40.
When it comes to cleaning the basses I'll usually do that when I change the strings. I generally set a bass up when I need to play it for whatever reason.
The strings get changed bass on how offer I use a bass and how I use it. For instance, the '78 P-bass never gets new strings. It has flatwounds on it. I'm going for an old school sound.
But my touring basses get constant set ups and new strings when I'm on the road.
My teaching basses have to stay set up but I don't really have to change the strings a lot.
I use to try to have 'maintenance' day but at some point that got overwhelming.
Just signed up for the talk bass forum and was looking for a little advice. I just bought an OLP MM2 pre owned but seemed in really good condition and played well in the shop. However, after getting it home I thought the strings could be a bit lower so set about adjusting the bridge and neck. Now I know over tightening the neck is a bad thing, especially if you take off the string tension at the same time, and I know to only move the adjuster 1/8" - 1/4" at a time and leave it for a while etc. Problem I have is after all the adjusting the truss rod is as tight as it will go and the neck is still like a banana :(
Is the neck warped beyond repair or is there something else I can do to bring it back?
It would be hard to 'diagnose' the problem without seeing the bass.
But it's hard for me to give up on a bass! I've known of luthiers putting necks in a vice, putting weight on a neck and other stuff. I'm not suggesting that you try any of those things but it may be a good idea to talk to a luthier or furniture maker about the problem that you are having.
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