Your instrument is an investment that should be able to last a lifetime. However, the words should and will aren’t always compatible. Weather, children, travel, and many other outside factors can have an impact upon your instrument’s lifespan.
While we aren’t saying that your bass guitar will fall to pieces, we are saying that things happen, especially in a busy, day to day life schedule with a job and a family.
However, in this article, we will talk about how to store your bass guitar so that you can keep it safe from most daily hazards.
With an introduction like that, do we have you a little worried for your bass guitar’s well-being? Well don’t be. Most basses don’t spontaneously combust, and the worst injuries that most basses receive happen to be dings and bangs, things that every instrument gets after a year or so, sometimes even as little as a month. So relax!
The first thing that you should do when you are finding a room in which to keep your bass guitar is to make sure that the room has a fairly consistent, or at least an absence of extreme fluctuations of, temperature. You don’t want a room that is too hot as it will dry out the wood.
Not enough to make it brittle, but enough to make the pores in the wood become brittle, which can make dings a little more worrisome of an affair over time. If the room is too cold, and if moisture is an issue, the wood can swell and distort, which can wreak havoc upon your intonation, bridge action and neck relief.
Once you find a nice, suitable room for your bass guitar, you will want to buy a case. You don’t need a hard shell case, however, if you have smaller children, we do highly suggest investing in one, as it well save you any of the woes that their curiosity can bring.
And remember; you may say no, but they are only children, and curiosity is a strong thing at a young age. Thus, you can’t fault them if they get into a gig bag. You can keep them out if you buy a hard shell case, though.
Finally, if you are planning on leaving your guitar in storage, or if you go on vacation or any extended leave in which you will not be around your instrument to perform regular maintenance, you should do a few things; either unstring or loosen the stings of your bass to prevent neck warping.
Give the neck and body a quick wipe over with some guitar cleaner to ensure that nothing will grow or mold over while you are gone; don’t play for an extended period before you leave (you’ll get salts from your finger on the fret board which can begin eroding the fret wire; and make sure to properly close your case!
Storing your bass guitar is not hard—it just requires a little bit of care and attention. If you give it, your bass will last for years to come.