#1
Hey all,

I recently got back into bass, (Hence why I'm back after several years) and managing to pick up where I left off surprisingly quickly.

Here's the thing: My bass is a bit... neglected. Don't get me wrong, no scratches, dents or dodgy wiring, just grimy strings, dust all over, and a fretboard with uh... several people's skin.

In looking for a set of new strings (a 6 set... lord they're not cheap...) I found a place that will happily install them for me, (As I'm paying a lot for them, I'd rather a pro do it) but I figured, why the hell not get it completely refreshed? Y'know, new strings, cleaned 'board, dust gone etc etc. So I was wondering if anyone knew roughly how much this would cost to do, and, (going out on a limb here...) if anyone knows of a place in Birmingham (UK) that would do it?
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#2
How old are the strings?
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How old are the strings?


Put it this way, I bought it from my old chemistry teacher back in '06/'07.

He hadn't changed the strings since buying it. Neither have I.
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Oh, so they're probably pretty rusty then. If they were just dirty I would have recommended boiling them like pasta for about 20 minutes.
As for the price of setting it up completely, I wouldn't know, as I do all that stuff myself. I think you should too, the internet is loaded with instructionals on that topic.
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#5
do you really need a pro to do it? I mean cleaning the fret board with a damp cloth can't take that much skill can it.

Fair enough if you've got the money (not really sure how much it would be but guessin they'd rip you off)
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Oh, so they're probably pretty rusty then. If they were just dirty I would have recommended boiling them like pasta for about 20 minutes.
As for the price of setting it up completely, I wouldn't know, as I do all that stuff myself. I think you should too, the internet is loaded with instructionals on that topic.


Actually, no, they're not - the glorious thing about elixirs is that they don't really deteriorate that quickly. The B is a little muffled, as is the D. It's something I guess I could live with, but I'd love a new set.

This is also the reason I can't boil them - the nanoweb coating wouldn't do well in boiling water. Also, I've boiled several sets in the past, and found the benefit was only temporary.

Yeah, I could do it myself. I do with my other basses, but as this is the only one I have with me, I don't want to screw it up - also, I'd love it to be perfect, and when I do it myself, there's always one little thing that pisses me off after I notice it.

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Cleaning basses is one of the things I enjoy for about 5 minutes, then get frustrated at all the bits I can't reach/need to remove to clean.
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The price of getting someone else to clean it will be more than a few pints down at the pub and the satisfaction of a job well done. If you take it in for a new set of strings and a clean/setup (the local guitar shop around he almost completely dismantle the guitars then put them back together) then you're looking around the £50 mark, including the cost of a 6 set of strings.

I doubt I can convince you but a trip to Stringbusters, a damp cloth and some treatment for the fretboard is the best course of action here.
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The price of getting someone else to clean it will be more than a few pints down at the pub and the satisfaction of a job well done. If you take it in for a new set of strings and a clean/setup (the local guitar shop around he almost completely dismantle the guitars then put them back together) then you're looking around the £50 mark, including the cost of a 6 set of strings.

I doubt I can convince you but a trip to Stringbusters, a damp cloth and some treatment for the fretboard is the best course of action here.


...£50 for a 6 set AND setup?

That's cheaper than it'd cost me to buy the 6 direct from Elixir (and most shops around here have to do it that way too.)

It seems I'll end up being some kind of bass pariah if I don't do it myself, so I'll probably end up doing it. If it ****s up, I'll be a'comin to get ya. All of ya.

EDIT:

It seems stringbusters only charge £25 for a 6 set of Rotosounds. I've used them on all my other basses, but never on a 6. I guess we'll see.
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