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Bass Care For Travelers

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ebozzz, Nov 29, 2001.


  1. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I currently reside in a state that has dry, arid type of climate. I'm originally from Mississippi and I travel there frequently to visit friends & family members. I would like to be able to take a bass with me to practice with while I'm away from home but I'm concerned about the effect that the change in climate/humidity will have on it.

    I've been looking at basses that have the graphite composite necks as an alternative. A good example would be a used Peavey G-Bass. I've seen several of those go on eBay for around $300.00 or less. It's more like something that would be nice to have than something that's needed. Are my concerns valid?
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I travel with my babies a lot. You'll be fine. You don't NEED a graphite neck bass, but hey ANY reason is a good enough reason to get another bass! Just do some routine maintainance, and you'll be cool. It works for me, and I go from coast to coast.
     
  3. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    Hey, you caught that! ;) I really was trying to talk myself into another bass! Good to know that you felt comfortable with traveling with what you have. Just about everywhere that I would travel to from here would definitely be more humid. I just want to make sure that I take care of what I have. Thanks again.
     
  4. boobinga

    boobinga

    Feb 9, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I travel with my bass all the time by plane from home to Southern Calif. No probs at all. I just loosten the strings a little.
     
  5. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    boobinga,

    The changes in climate that I would experience would be a lot more drastic than your travels from the Pacific NW to So-Cal. Colorado is pretty dry and Mississippi? The humidity is so thick that you can cut it with a knife. From your reponse and the other one that I have received, it doesn't appear that this issue is as big of a problem as I thought it may be. Thanks for your reply!
     
  6. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I take it you stay a while in Mississippi (i hate to spell that name) when you go there. In winter time, you can expect a need for major setup within a day, with a wooden bass. Or minor setup, with a composite neck and wooden body.

    With an all composite bass, you may not need to touch it at all. Here in lower mid Sweden, we have that kind of changes (in humidity, anyway) without moving around. Wood bases are very much "alive", whereas a BassLab composite axe doesn't need retuning.......

    Get my point?:eek:
     
  7. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I've got It! :) I'm still going to try to get a bass that at least has a composite neck. A totally composite bass is probably not in my future though. I just like that wood man! Thanks for the reply.
     
  8. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I love wood!
    I also like BassLab gear a lot...
    What does that end up to :confused: :D
     
  9. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
  10. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    Music (tone etc) is in the ear of the listener.
    Feel is in the body of the player.

    My fav (due to the lower two, and because it's prettier in real life) is the STD V. Or STD VI...

    The Soul feels too "Fenderish" for my taste. But it's a great "classic" design.
     
  11. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I hear you man! I surely did not mean to say anything negative about your choices but those other designs just don't fit me. I guess I'm just a "Classic" kind of guy! ;)
     
  12. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    You stay "classic":D
    Just ravin' a bit. And good luck with your travel over the climate zones with whatever bass you carry along!

    -urban-
     
  13. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    Thanks Urban!
     
  14. leper

    leper

    Jun 21, 2001
    dear lord, those are the coolest basses ever !

    how would you describe the sound of the ones youve played?
     
  15. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    You might have to ask Surburban about those. I've never played one. Although, it would be nice to try one!
     
  16. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Talkin' 'bout BassLab?
    Well, in passive mode they have their own sound, but using the BassXX electronics, you will have your sound - veeerry versatile, indeed.

    The passive sound is...well, I think the most proper description I've heard so far is "clear". If you use both pups. With the bridge pup it will get growlier, and with only neck pup, it goes bumpy:D
    No, actually, "clear" states that it has a full spectrum of frequency response, from fundamental, evenly through all bands up to chrystal clear and bright treble. So here the sound is truly in your hands.

    And with the electronics: smooth, bowlike - or dirty, growling, wacky noice.

    It costs like a Fender American DeLuxe, but whips the (whatever) way out of that competition!
     
  17. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    Would that be the Euorpean cost of a Fender or the U.S price? Suburban if you keep talking about these basses long enough, I might have to get one! :)