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storing unused basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by raziel4635, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. raziel4635


    Feb 15, 2018
    Ever since I got my current bass last year,I stopped playing with my old yamaha 4 stringer and just had it on its stand next to my currently played bass.

    I just have it there on the stand for about 12 months now,in tune with no special protection whatsoever,I just pick it up every 2-3 months or so and wipe it clean with Dunlop 65 I use on all my guitars and basses and then setting it on its stand,promising I'd put something like a bag over it to at least protect it from dust.

    never did though.

    I just picked it up to clean it today and I noticed some rust (?) marks on the pickups and on the last 3-4 frets that I couldnt seem to be able to scratch away.
    It's just a few tiny marks here and there but they got me worried.

    what's the best way to take care of the bass you're not playing at the moment?
    lay it strings down on a bed?
    hard case?
    detune? no strings at all?
    even selling it?
    I don't see myself playing with it anytime soon to be honest.
  2. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Keep it in the case under the bed or in a closet. Do not put it in a musty damp basement and do not put it in an uninsulated attic where temperatures in summer can reach well over 100 degrees in the summer.

    [edit] didn’t read original post thoroughly. Just leave it out and play it more often than once every 2 or 3 months.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2019
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  3. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    I hang all of my basses on the wall in a small bedroom (Man Cave) and have never had any problems, I have had a P Bass which I regularly play that has been hanging for 10 years with no physical signs of rust etc. I wipe all my basses down once a week and always wash my hands before playing them.Obviously temp/humidity is a factor and mine hang in a room at around 25C and around 40% humidity which is perfect.
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  4. Keep it in the case. There are also little humidifier thingies you can get to put in there, but I've never used one.
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  5. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    I find if I can’t see it, I won’t play it.
    But we’re all different. I’ve seen pics of guys rooms with over 25 basses hanging up or on stands, and others who store each bass in a hard case. No real rule here.

    If you decide to store them in a case or gig bag, leave them tuned to pitch.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2019
  6. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    I keep all of my cases (7 of them) in the loft as they take up too much room if they are stored anywhere else. For me it would take too much effort going into the loft to try a Bass that has been stored in its case.It's no problem when they are on the wall behind me even if some get more play time than others.
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  7. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    That's what I do!
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  8. Rallypoint_1

    Rallypoint_1 Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Pasadena, California
    I don’t have that many(3) but I have them on a 5 guitar Hercules stand.
  9. raziel4635


    Feb 15, 2018
    would a regular soft gigbag be ok for storing?

    I'm asking because I just checked and I can get a regular warwick rockbag for 8 euro but a hard case costs around 80-90 euro :p
  10. No reason why not. It keeps the dust off and adds another layer of protection should the bass get knocked over.
  11. Goatrope

    Goatrope Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Personally, I keep all where I can see them, so they get played, or rotated into gigs at random.

    This works for me, but for you, it sounds like you may just want to sell it.
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  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i hate to hear about instruments not being played but i have one, too. it's hanging on a wall and i pretend not to see it when i turn in that direction. :laugh:

    maybe it's time for a sale. good luck with your guilt, OP ( :thumbsup: ), and wish me good luck with mine! :D
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  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I keep all my basses in their hard cases when not being used. No dust on them that way so there is no need for weekly or monthly wipe downs.
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  14. ac100X


    Apr 6, 2003
    I'm in California so no wall hanging, stored in their cases, you never know when the next big earthquake could hit.
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  15. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    All mine are hanging. Although some don't get as much play time as others, I like having all of them handy for when the urge hits.
  16. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    I have two basses.
    That constantly get used.

    For me,any "unused" basses get "stored" at the local Music Go Round.
    So that they can be "used" by someone else.
    I make it a point to not own more basses that I can use.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2019
  17. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Unused basses?
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  18. Guzzi Toad

    Guzzi Toad

    Mar 10, 2019
    Can I resurrect this thread?
    I just bought a house and will now have a room for my musical equipment.
    If I store my instruments in their respective cases, would it be better for the guitar to be horizontal (flat), vertical on the long edge of the case or vertical standing up (blocked in so they cant fall).
    I keep Boveda packs in all the cases to combat the wild humidity swings here on the Great Plains.
    To be clear, they all get rotated in and out of play on a monthly basis or so ...
    Thanks in advance.
  19. FDR Jones

    FDR Jones

    Apr 7, 2018
    I believe standing them up is best.
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  20. Mili


    Nov 14, 2015
    Case-strings on and tuned!
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