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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bunky, Jun 1, 2020.
Which of your bases requires the least amount of maintenance/adjustment?
GL L2000 (20xx)
83 GL SB-1
98 Warwick Dolphin
Only need to adjust if changing to different tension strings
Actually my Squier VMPV needs no adjustment either.
I've never had to adjust any of my basses. No maintenance. One plug repair on a Gibson SG.
Over the weekend I gave my basses their usual seasonal trussrod adjustment.
i'm adjusting the skinny-necked (two octave, ibby-style) parts basses more, and the fender-style, parts axes a little less. but they're fretless and i'm picky, so there's that. i have one ax which has needed no truss adjustment since it was built/assembled:
but that's just me and mine, Bunky , what about you? are you having some difficulty --- or some relief?
The Steinberger L-2 that I got new in 1982 needed the frets resurfaced once about 35 years ago, and I re-set the intonation when I switched from exposed-core strings to normal (wound-core) strings...which was maybe 25 years ago? Other than that the only maintenance it requires is I wipe the neck down after every use, and change the 9V battery once a year.
None of mine require much adjustment, and they're all about the same. My 2003 MIA Fender Jazz has the best tuning stability though, so I'll give it the win.
My two Schecter Ultra Bass’ need NO maintenance. My only basses which are not vintage. All my vintage Gibson’s / Guilds get a lot of care.
2017 Mike Lull M5V
2005 MM Stingray SR5
ESP LTD Fretless
Slight neck relief tweak twice a year from season changes.
These basses don’t demand any other attention or maintenance from me. I did recently switch to lighter-gauge strings and it took a week of playing and tweaking to get the set-up right for me. Other than that, there’s really nothing else that they require of me to be play-ready.
I barely ever have to tune this puppy:
My US Masters bass. I've had it for around 10-15 years and haven't had to adjust it once!!!! The company doesn't exist anymore but they changed the game when it comes to guitar necks. You can literally lay the guitar down stand on the neck and not only will it not break...it plays just as it did before. I've seen this done. I don't really want to do it with my own tho. Everything else, honestly, I need to do a little something each year. Normally some truss rod adjustments
I never adjust nothin. Set it and forget it.
I used to own over 14 different basses. The one that has required the least maintenance (and even stays in tune for long periods of time) is my Lakland. That's why it's the one that I held on to.
right now, my great old Cort PJ being parted out
...in hopes of making it a killer again someday
My Fender style basses require the seasonal adjustment , but I have two older Rickenbackers with the older spring style rods . They don't move . And my Dano Longhorn is pretty stable , I last tweaked it about twenty years ago ...
My Ric, Pbass, L2000, and T40 have never needed any adjustment unless I've changed string gauge which I haven't done since the late 90's
My ‘17 Fender American Pro Jazz Bass needed a slight truss rod adjustment when I got it in November (as well as the resultant string height and intonation tweaks) but haven’t done anything since, except to play it.
My Musicmasters have always been reliable, don't mess with them.
The Bronco is a new acquisition that I've only had a few months. First one I attempted setup on myself, so far it's been good too.
This custom build from Crescent Moon arrived from the other side of the country pretty danged close to perfectly in tune:
I bought it in 2003 and in all that time I've adjusted the truss rod twice, both times for string type changes.
I've tweaked the truss rod on my 1999 Fender American Deluxe Jazz maybe four times over the past 20 years. That's it. Apparently the marketing about the graphite truss rod holds up. Stays in tune amazingly well.