I got an old electric bass guitar from a good friend. He said it was basically brand new, but it hasn't been touched in at least 6-7 years. I know it's horrible to keep an instrument like that lying around, but it's been in a garage for quite some time. Since I am totally ignorant about guitars, and I've already had friends tell me I'm an idiot, I took all the strings off of the guitar so I could do a thorough cleaning. There was dust all over the place and I didn't want to take 5 hours trying to clean underneath the strings with q-tips. Well, my friends told me that it was really bad to take all the strings off, so I'm like crap... What do I do? I can take it in today, which has been almost a day since I took them off. Will the guitar warp to the point it's useless, and since it was practically free, am I going to have to sink several hundred dollars into it so it's even playable? Is it "ok" to have it unstrung for a night? Please help me! Thanks for you time guys.