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Trussrod/Neck on plane?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gillento, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups

    I will be playing at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX on March 16.

    As the SKB Bassafe I ordered 6 weeks ago does not seem to be arriving on time, I considered taking off the neck.

    I will be taking my G&L Tribute 2500. The bass will be in 2 pieces for about 24 hours.

    What about the trussrod? Does it need to be loosened? If yes, how much?

    The bass will be reassembled 24 hours before the gig.

    Any experience on this?
  2. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner Commercial User

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    Payson Fanned Bass Strings Owner
    Man if you take your neck off you should loosen the TR. Do you really want to mess w/redialing in your bass right before SXSW. There was an article in BP last mo that said DO NOT loosen your strings all the way before shipping.
    I just shipped a bass to the east coast & I tuned it down a 1/2 step, just in case. Arrived in perfect condition.
  3. gfried84

    gfried84 Commercial User

    May 7, 2005
    Owner Fried Guitars Inc.
    If you carry the bass on I would leave it together and just slack the strings a little. If you are checking the bass, Put it in the hardcase and stuff a t shirt under the headstock to give it some cushioning if one of the baggage handlers "forgets" to be gentle with the case.
  4. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I just returned from Europe and was able to carry my bass on. I took another bass in a hardshell case and put in under the plane. Didn't make any adjustments at all to either and both were ready to play when I arrived. Just gave the strings a little slack and everything was OK. Only had to handcheck it on one flight and was given to me as soon as we landed.
  5. +1 to leaving it alone. I've purchased basses that came second day air from a totally different climate, and arrived perfectly in tune.

    If you want to have your gig bag with you, look into the SKB 'Bass Safe' and just check it through.
  6. There is an excellent letter in the Geddy cover issue of Bass Player on the topic of shipping a bass from a former co-worker at Bass Central, Grasshopper.

    Tell me, why does it happen that when every well-known bass builder ships their bass tuned to pitch, whether it is shipped via ground or air????

    I used to hear a lot of "they said" from folks about slacking or detuning their strings - who the #$^#%& are "they" and how many expensive bass guitars did "they" build and ship to be qualified to tell you how to ship your bass? ;)

    Rant over, now on to the question at hand: If you insist on disassembling your bass to ship it, yes, take all of the tension off your trussrod, or it may warp the neck (unlikely in a 24 hour period, but why take chances?). However, have fun reassembling and setting the bass up quickly when you get there! ;)

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