Weather changes and being in tune

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. Hello,
    I live in Vegas where the weather is a bit extreme. I played last Friday and left my bass in the garage in my car until Sunday afternoon.

    The strings were all out of tune. Anybody had a similar problem like me? This is normal right?
  2. Yeah that's ok. I've had that happen before.. Thats why i don't keep it in places where the temp fluctuates. Usually keep it in my room.

  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    The wood in basses (and guitars and... wood blocks... I guess... if that's your thing) is very susceptible to temperature and humidity changes. Keeping your bass in extreme hot or extreme cold is never a good idea. The word warp comes to mind, and not in the cool Star Trek way.

    Temperature changes will cause the bass to go out of tune, this is normal, nothing to worry about. Just try not to do it very often. I think I read somewhere that between 65-75 degrees is optimal. Feel free to correct me on that.
  4. Thanks,

    I'm just worried about the neck that's all.
  5. It should be ok, thats why i said keep it inside the house. Humans don't like extreme change either. Thats why the usual living temperature is around 24 degrees celsius. If its too hot, we cool the house down until we're comfortable, if its too cold then we warm it up. Buy keeping your house at a more constant temperature for your comfort, then your bass with will be comfy too. :p