Bass Guitar - Maintenance

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Cleaning Your Bass Guitar Part by Part

Cleaning your bass guitar is the most basic of maintenance jobs, and the first step is to wash your hands. No, really! The finish on the wood and hardware shows every fingerprint. So the least you should [more…]

How to Use the 5th-Fret Tuning Method on a Bass Guitar

There are three ways to tune a bass guitar to itself: the 5th-fret method, the 7th-fret method, or the harmonics method. Knowing how to use the 5th-fret tuning method on a bass guitar is a great tool. [more…]

How to Use Harmonics to Tune a Bass Guitar

The harmonics tuning method is the most difficult and most precise tuning method you can use to tune your bass guitar without a tuner. But if you learn how to use harmonics to tune a bass guitar, you'll [more…]

How to Use the 7th-Fret Tuning Method on a Bass Guitar

There are three ways to tune a bass guitar to itself: the 5th-fret method, the 7th-fret method, or the harmonics method. The 7th-fret method is similar to the 5th-fret method, but it works in reverse [more…]

Knowing When to Change the Strings on Your Bass Guitar

Some bassists think that you don’t need to change strings on a bass guitar until they unravel (the strings, not the bassists), but to keep your bass working properly, you need to know when to change the [more…]

How to Tune a Bass Guitar with an Electronic Tuner

When you're going to play your bass guitar with a band or another instrument, you need to be sure that you're all tuned to the same reference pitch. Using an electronic tuner is by far the easiest way [more…]

What to Include in a Cleaning and Repair Kit for Bass Guitar

Before you attempt any adjustments or cleaning for a bass guitar, you need to assemble the right tools. Knowing what to include in a bass guitar cleaning and repair kit will ensure that you are prepared [more…]

How to Clean a Bass Guitar

No matter how careful you are, your bass guitar is bound to collect battle scars. You need to know how to properly clean a bass guitar if you want yours to last for years to come. If you play your bass [more…]

What to Do When a Bass Guitar Needs Minor Repairs

At some point, your bass is going to need some repairs. You can do many minor repairs on your bass yourself in order to keep it in top-notch playing condition. The trick is knowing which repairs you can [more…]

How to Adjust the Truss Rod on a Bass Guitar

As the weather changes from season to season, the wood in the neck of your bass guitar can bend or straighten slightly. If you know how to adjust the truss rod on a bass guitar, you can counteract those [more…]

How and Why to Adjust the Saddles of Your Bass Guitar

If you know how to raise and lower the bridge on a bass guitar, you can make slight adjustments to the action of your bass. The saddles on the bridge can be lowered or raised by turning the screws at the [more…]

How to Remove Bass Guitar Strings

Before you can put new strings on your bass guitar, you need to remove the old ones. You should always replace all your bass guitar's strings at the same time because they all wear at about the same rate [more…]

How to Restring a Bass Guitar

After you've removed the old strings and cleaned the fingerboard, it's time to restring your bass guitar with brand-new strings. New strings are usually coiled in envelopes. The envelopes are numbered [more…]

Minor DIY Repairs for Your Bass Guitar

You can do your own minor repairs to your bass guitar to keep it in top-notch playing condition — tweaking a few screws, touching up a bit of finish, soldering a couple of electronic connectionszzzzzzzzzap [more…]

Tips for Storing Your Bass Guitar

Keeping your bass guitar happy is really quite simple. If you’re comfortable, your bass will be comfortable. You want to keep it out of direct sunlight, and you want to keep it out of the snow — at least [more…]

How to Protect Your Guitar

If you need to take your guitar out into the world that requires protection, as you discover here. Never leave the house without putting the guitar in some kind of protective case. [more…]

How to Tighten Loose Connections on Your Guitar

A guitar is a system of moving parts, many of which are mechanical, and as anyone who's ever owned a car can attest, moving things come loose. In guitars, the hardware connections are what typically work [more…]

How to Adjust the Intonation on Your Guitar

Intonation refers to the accuracy of the pitches produced by fretting. For example, if you play the 12th fret, the resulting note should be exactly an octave higher than the open string. If the 12th-fret [more…]

How to Replace Worn-Out or Broken Guitar Parts

Following are all the parts on your guitar that are most likely to wear out or break and need replacing. You can perform any of these fixes yourself without doing damage to the guitar — even if you screw [more…]

How to Create a Guitar Maintenance and Repair Tool Kit

Assemble a permanent tool kit containing all the tools you need for your guitar. Don't "cannibalize" this set if you're doing other household fixes. Buy two sets of tools — one for general use and one [more…]

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