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headless basses... is it true?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eric arcia, Jul 14, 2004.


  1. hi all, i have a hohner headless 5 string bass, i heard someone tell me that i should loosen the strings after each time i play.. ive never done it and have had the bass a little over a year. if i dont play for a few days when i try to tune the tuning heads sometimes they are very hard to turn... is it true that i should loosen the strings? anyone
     
  2. OwO

    OwO

    Apr 23, 2004
    i had headless basses for 13 years, never had to do that. That's a really bad advice to me .... :scowl:
     
  3. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Detune it every time? Idk. I had a Hohner headless and the tuning heads were sometimes a little hard to turn but the bass stayed in tune forever!. I wouldnt loosen the strings. If you leave it like that for a long period of time it can mess up the neck due to the lack of tension.
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Someone is wrong.
     
  5. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I never re-tune my bass. Your friend is an idiot.
     
  6. Loosening the tension on your strings is a surefire way to weaken them and dull them. You should probably leave them up to tune.
     
  7. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    There are many years of wisdom in that statement.
     
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Silly advice.
     
  9. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    The man with the moving moustache speaks the truth.
     
  10. bluntman_bass

    bluntman_bass

    Jul 13, 2004
    Wilcox, NE
    Profanity must be completely masked - read the rules. Post deleted by Moderator.
     
  11. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Man, that must have been good. Too bad I missed it.
     
  12. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    My thoughts exactly.