Preparing a bass guitar

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by foolfighter24, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    Hey Guys

    At my church, we are holding a large music conference, being put together by our music pastors Doug and Laurie. Doug plays bass(an Ibanez SGR405, to be exact) and he let me know that he would like me to "prep" his bass, as he will be far to busy to even check if the thing is in tune, much less how the preamp is set and how it looks.

    So, I need to know what I should do to "prep" the bass. He said whatever I can do, I should. But be sides doing a quick soundcheck, putting it in tune, and polishing it, I don't know what else to do. Perhaps someone can give me an idea. That would be really great. Also, does the 405 have active electronics? If it does, I'll put in new batteries. Thanks for your help.
  2. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    At the risk of sounding obvious, why don't you just ask him what he would like you to do?
  3. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    He's holed up in an office with no phone. Or computer. I won't be able to communicate with him until I see him on stage tomorrow.
  4. I'd intonate it, and make sure truss rod is set decent. Check the search function on "Truss rod adjustment". Then I'd set the string height. I wouldn't worry about the preamp, since you don't even know if it's active (I'd bet it is, Ibanez Vari-mid, but I'm too tired to search for it :) )

    And I'd prolly change the strings first, if they are dead. Just basic stuff I'd check/do the day before a show.
  5. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    ok, thanks. A friend has some tools for that kind of thing, so that is a good idea. Thank you.
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I think what you have done in terms of checking that the strings are in tune and the battery is new is enough. As far as the setup of the bass is concerned, leave that alone. If this is his bass, it would be set up the way he wants it - don't change the action or the way it plays. I wouldn't change the string height at all, without his permission.
  7. Yep.
  8. I'd agree with Bass Guitar - if the guy is wanting a professional setup then he'd get one!!

    I'd check/change strings as necessary (check guage as this would help sorting out intonation), check/ change batteries, clean grubby fingerprints off (if applicable), check pots (clean/lubricate if necessary/crackling),check strap buttons are secure and leave pretty much everything else alone.
  9. foolfighter24

    foolfighter24 Guest

    Apr 22, 2000
    Good point Bass Guitar. I'm off to school, and from school I'm off to my church.
    Thanks a lot for help everyone.