#1
I am going to be adjusting the truss rod on my bass to get rid of the bow. I know that I'll need to turn it clockwise to tighten it and only do 1/4 of a turn every 24 hours but I don't know if I should loosen the strings beforehand or keep them tuned. Based on information from here,
Here is a simply way to check the relief in the neck if one doesn't have a straightedge handy... the instrument strung to pitch fret a string on the 1st fret and where the neck meets the body.

the relief is .4 cm or 4mm. That website also says that relief normally varies from .004cm to .012cm so I know I'll be needing to do a lot of adjusting. Would that much adjusting have a bad effect on the neck even if I do it properly?
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#2
you'd be suprised how sensetive it is, you don't have to adjust it alot to make a big difference

and i'd slacken the strings simply because if your straightening the neck then your gonna tighten the strings

but don't quote me on this,m i'm no expert
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#3
My bass teacher told me to slacken the strings but the site said to keep them in pitch. I did 1/4 turn without slackening them but I will if the tension is too high.
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I am going to be adjusting the truss rod on my bass to get rid of the bow. I know that I'll need to turn it clockwise to tighten it and only do 1/4 of a turn every 24 hours but I don't know if I should loosen the strings beforehand or keep them tuned. Based on information from here,

the relief is .4 cm or 4mm. That website also says that relief normally varies from .004cm to .012cm so I know I'll be needing to do a lot of adjusting. Would that much adjusting have a bad effect on the neck even if I do it properly?

I would never adjust a truss rod with the strigs under tension even when slackening.
I agree with 1/4 turn incriments but not just one every 24 hours, 2 x 1/4 turn adjustments are usualy enough to correct most problems.
Remember the bridge saddles will probably need adjusting after the truss rod adjustment.
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#5
Ok so I'll loosen the strings a lot next time. I'll adjust the action and intonation when I get the neck sorted out.
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