Leave my bass in the car

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by keithconn, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Got a question:

    Does leaving my bass in the car have a 'real' effect upon the instrument? I take lessons once a week and have to take my bass with me to work. So I leave it in the car(usually). Is this going to ruin the instrument? I know that heat and cold have a direct effect upon wood, and since my bass is all wood I imagine it effects it, but How Much? Should I start bringing it inside and leaving it in a safe place instead?

  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I never leave a bass in the car, regardless of weather. Not just because of the temperature and humidity changes.


    Heard too many stories over the years, if I have a bass with me, it goes with me... to work, to the bank, in restaurants, in McDonalds, in the restroom at the gas station, makes no difference. If someone is going to steal my bass, they're going to steal it from me, not my car. If my car is not within my line of sight... my bass is;)

    Sound anal? Maybe. Looks silly? So what. Never had a bass stolen from my car and I think this is a big factor.
  3. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    When I have had to bring my bass to work, I´ve always taken it inside for two reasons.
    1. To protect it from the heat/cold differences.
    2. So it won´t get stolen. (along with my car)

    Rapid climate changes can mess up the setup of the bass, you might have to tweak the truss rod a bit, but it´s probably best to let the experts here advice you in that field.
  4. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I never leave my gear in the car!
    A few years back I was loading my gear in the truck and I went back in for my bass and came right out and my RIG was gone!
    Peavey MK6 head and a 215 cab and gigbag gone!
    in a mater of 3 to 5 minuets so it doesn't take long to make stuff disappear,Luckily I went home with my bass thank god!
    I never leave my gear unattended even at work my gear comes in with me.
  5. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I have kept a bass under my desk at work rather than leave it in the car.

    Story for you. My wife was going for a meal straight from work so she put her workbag in the boot/trunk in the carpark. She drove to the Restaurant and when she got back to the car the lock had been forced and her bag was gone. Ok all that was missing was the bag and notes on old ladies bowel movements but what if your (insert overpriced bass here) was in there?
  6. Yea - thats kinda what I was thinking ... regardless of wither or not my bass is all bent out of shape from the heat and cold it could be stolen!

    It is rather safe where I work, so I never thought about it, but you never do know...

    thanks everyone...
  7. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    i never leave my babies unattended, unless they are at home, locked in a closet... or in a locker at school that only i have teh ket/combination to. someone could easily break into my truck and steal them, and heat/cold changes can mess with a perfectly good setup. when i play gigs here at college, i dont even trust my bandmates with my stuff. (theyre usually incapacitated) so i walk back to the dorms... usually 2 miles or so, and i carry my babies. one hard shell in each death grip. if they want jade or ivy, they will have to pry them from my cold dead hands.
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    My rule to my self:

    Do you want to be in a cold trunk?
    Do you want to be right on top of an air conditioner vent?
    Do you want to sit on the heater?
    etc, etc.

    Word for a bassist to live by.
  9. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    just old ladies bowel movements?There very underrated these days.
  10. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    So....ummm buddy....where do you park your car? Oh and what kind/color is it ?:eek:
  11. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Do you watch TV with your bass?
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yeah. :)
  14. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    It seems that your questions have already been answered. I'm in a similar predicament. When I leave a lesson or rehearsal I'm off to work. I just usually put mine under my desk at the job but I don't know if you have that option. Once my co-workers stopped ragging me about bringing it in, they actually became quite supportive. I had to go through the "Play me song" requests for the longest! I also take mine with me if I get out of the car to go any place.
  15. Ya know what? I never thought of that....but it's so, so true.
  16. BassHacker


    Nov 26, 2001
    Tampa, FL
    What? Does it get hot up there?

    I wouldn't leave a guitar in the car down here - especially in August.
  17. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    There was a thread some time ago about leaving your cabs out in a freezing car. The comment was made by another TB'er (I'm too lazy to look it up, sorry) that you should treat your cabs like your children - if you wouldn't leave your kid there, don't leave your cab. I think the same can be said for your bass.

    Of course, I can't follow this sage advice, because I would have to wrap my bass in duct tape and put it in a closet of I were to treat it like one of my children.

    Oh, the joys of being childless...
  18. Mine are hooked on NYPD Blue.
  19. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Would you want to be held by yourself with a strap connecting your rear and your shoulder?
  20. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    excellent point!!!

    you know what's scary - being a few states away from home, with all your gear in a van outside your hotel room. now...i take in my basses of course, but my amps are packed way in the back of the van, so there's no way i could get 'em out.

    if someone felt so inclined, they could pop open those back doors and get a complete DW 5 piece drumset, fender rhodes, alesis synth, 4 uhf wireless systems, 3 saxes, trombone, horn, line6 ax212 guitar amp, my swr ****, gigantic percussion rig....it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. i'm glad we're not touring right now.