new bass in the cold

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by denton57, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Ok. Just ordered a new Ric 4003 from MF. I'm getting it tomorrow, but have been stressing over the fact that it has been traveling in very cold temps for the last couple of days (10-20's). Should I be worring about this?
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Let it sit in the box inside your home for a few hours. I know the temptation to open it will kill you, but definitely dont tune it up and play it for a few hours. Let it adjust.
  3. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    That will be very hard for me to do, but makes good sense. thanks. This is my first mailorder purchase of an instrument, and the whole shipping event scares me...
  4. Definitely don't open the box right away. If you do, the bass will instantly become wet with condensation. If I were you, I'd let it sit for several hours, or even overnight, until the bass acclimates to the temperature in your house.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    You could open it right away in a warm, dry room and get the instant aged look...

    Seriously, take it out of the shipping box, but don't open the case (I asume it's in a case or gig bag) until the next morning. It'll kill you, but think of it as training for Xmas in a couple weeks. :)
  6. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Yah definately let it adjust overnight or so.. a cold bass is not comfy eitehr.. brrr. At least it ain't -13 degrees like here in Denver.. coldest week ever.
  7. Ray-man

    Ray-man Guest

    Sep 10, 2005
    I once left my 1980 StingRay in my car overnight after a post-gig party, back when I was young and less than conscientious. The temp dropped to -26F that night (near Green Bay). Brought it in in the morning and opened the case right away - the entire thing immediately covered with thick frost and the finish cracked all over (like an old oil painting). I had no choice but to refinish it.

    Lesson: Don't do what I did. You will kick yourself for years (like I am still doing).
  8. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Man...I sure am glad I asked this question now. It will remain unopened for as long as I can stand it... :meh:
  9. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I'll vouch for that!
  10. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    I'm glad you did too. I know exaclty what you mean, I have a new F Bass due tomarrow.
  11. let it sit, just not outside like i did. I ordered one from online the delivery people came to the back door and didnt ring the bell. i found it the next day after walking the dog. the whole box was subnmerged in snow :crying:
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    so.howd it go?

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Give it time to defrost.
  14. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    This is quite an old thread im sure hes happy with his new bass.. i want an update.
  15. war_n_peace


    Aug 9, 2006
    I dig the checked Lacquer finish vibe...