Re: Shipping Basses
- From: "Twang" <coleNOSPAMman_patrick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 16:04:31 GMT
"Middle C" wrote in message <67baa$43bfd28f$97d5e15c$27858@xxxxxxxxxx>...
>In a conversation the other day with some band mates about shipping basses
>(or those little 6 string instruments self indulged people tend to prefer),
>we had something of a difference of opinion as to whether or not it is a
>good idea to relieve some of the tension on the neck (via loosening the
>strings) before shipping.
>So for those of you that may have worked in music stores, or have received
>instruments directly from manufactures, what is the general consensus on
>this among manufactures when shipping? Do they typically send them out
>tuned to pitch, or with the strings loosened?
>For that matter, what about you guys that fly with your basses on a
I've bought a lot of guitars via mail.
acoustics, electrics and basses.
the rule is that you're supposed to loosen the tension.
that way if the bass gets banged around you don't have all those hundreds of
pounds of pressure helping any damage to occur.
Also temperature changes. having the tension on, freezing the instrument in
a plane.. then the guy gets it and pops it out of the box.
and that's another thing.. leave it in the box until it is room temp.
and even then make sure the case warms up a bit, too.
they get really cold in the hold.
That being said.. and that I always loosen them during shipping, I've gotten
lots of guitars tuned very close to pitch and not a problem with any of
better safe than sorry, I sez.
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