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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by backtoschool, Oct 26, 2000.

  1. backtoschool


    Oct 24, 2000
    how often should you get your neck adjusted? especially if you down tune to C or D.
    Any other helpful maintenance suggestions?
  2. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    You only need to get your neck adjusted as often as it warps. That will depend on several factors:

    1. humidity / climate in your area
    2. neck materials
    3. any reinforcement in the neck

    Some people have to tweak their necks all the time, where others almost never have to.

    As far as maintanence goes, there are a lot of different opinions on this. What kind of materials is your bass made out of?

    It is said that lemon oil is NOT good for keeping a fingerboard moist, but is good for cleaning it. Supposedly, boiled linseed oil is better for keeping the fretboard from getting dried out. You can use this once per month, or so. Maybe even once every few months.

    For the frets, you can use 0000-grade steel wool. That can be done as often as you use the boiled linseed oil.

    What other kinds of maintanence are you thinking? Keeping the pots clean? Changing batteries?
  3. Skip


    Mar 22, 2000
    Bronxville, NY
    Please be very careful when dealing with linseed oil, if you leave oily rags bunched up in a trash can they can spontaneously combust. If you do use linseed oil wash and air dry the rags as soon as you are finished.

    Lemon oil should be fine for unfinished wood - just don't use too much. A little goes a long way.

    If the wood is finished a little polish is what you need. Wax works too.

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