#1
The electronics died on my bass during my first band class(Symphonic Band).. So sad.. so instead of playing, I took it apart to see if I could fix the problem.

Turns out, I just need to do a couple small things with the wires so its no big deal.

But then Jazz band rolls around and we have a concert in less than two weeks, so I can't afford not to play a class.. I had to borrow the bass from the kid in the other band class (Wind Ensemble)(haha.. they have a bassist in WIND Ensemble... okay.. I'm done.. it was just amusing)

I hated it.

I keep pretty good care of my bass, wiping off the finger marks and such when I'm done and making its put away properly and not left in any unfortunate conditioning. It's not like its the best bass in the world, merely a modest Yamaha.. but I still want it to look and sound its best.

But this kid.. I doubt he ever wiped off the thing once. There were fingerprints all over the body, which didn't bug me as much as the ones on the neck and head.. and the strings just felt gross and grimey.

Needless to say, I returned the bass in better condition than I got it in (I considered leaving him a note to tell him to change out his strings.. but I didn't.)

Does anyone else have any experiences like this in borrowing someone elses instrument? Or even a good experience that made you keep better care of your own?
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#2
A few years ago me and my band were playing at a school across town for one of their dances, I get ready and start to tune my Squire Bass. and POP! My G string (hah..) Snaps so I have too use the other guy's Fender P-Bass.


T'was a nice bass.


Show sucked though, we were Ill prepared, Our guitarist told us we had a show and we had about 30 mins after school to prep.
#3
ive borrowed a bass as well... my input jack was ****ed at the time its decent

but when people have borrowed my guitar, one has said the action is impossibly high (which is a serious over statement), and another was bothered by my strings (i like them just slightly rusty, dont know why) and i dont clean my neck because it is finished so if i clean it it slows me down.
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#4
I have a friend I see every once in a while who plays bass for his high school jazz band, and personally I'm not a big fan of Fenders, but he's taking pretty good care of it. Of course, I've always tried to take good care of my own bass, but I'm not usually an every use cleaner, but about once or twice a month I do a full detail.
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#5
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T'was a nice bass.


Isn't it great when you play nice stuff? ^.^

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and another was bothered by my strings (i like them just slightly rusty, dont know why)


Eww... I hate rusty strings..
Not as much as I hate grimey strings.. or grimey AND rusty strings.. but still.. Eww.

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Of course, I've always tried to take good care of my own bass, but I'm not usually an every use cleaner, but about once or twice a month I do a full detail.


I only go into full detail when I switch out the strings, since its easier that way.. but I do wipe it down. Oil is gross on instruments, unless its supposed to be there.. like on the valves in a trumpet or something.
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#6
I should take a lot better care of my instrument than I do. Especially because it's a nice instrument too. Anyway, the worst experience I've ever had is my schools MIM Jazz with the one and a quarter cm action. That was a bitch.
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I only go into full detail when I switch out the strings, since its easier that way.. but I do wipe it down. Oil is gross on instruments, unless its supposed to be there.. like on the valves in a trumpet or something.


Yeah, it's definately easier to detail without the strings, but I hardly ever change out my strings since I'm between jobs right now, and my last job paid below minimum wage as it was. I usually polish the body and head, and I use a liquid string cleaner. But I'm normally content with a quick dusting (in Colorado we get a ton of dust), and a wipe down of the back of the neck. And I only ever used oil on my old 4-string bass when I modded it into a fretless.
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#9
I can't say anything because I am probably the one who has the bass that nobody else wants to use. It's a piece of ****. I still treat it better than I treat my girlfriend, though.

Just kidding, honey.
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#10
Some asshole broke one of my bass strings and then tried to hide the whole bass, so I had to use my friend's Schecter. I hated it at the time, but I also couldn't comprehend what that thing could do. I used it again recently and it was erotic.
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Some asshole broke one of my bass strings and then tried to hide the whole bass, so I had to use my friend's Schecter. I hated it at the time, but I also couldn't comprehend what that thing could do. I used it again recently and it was erotic.



Lol, erotic.

That's another thing bassists have on guitar players. Our instruments are much more phallic.
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Lol, erotic.

That's another thing bassists have on guitar players. Our instruments are much more phallic.


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#13
Wow.. people replied while I was gone.. what do I DO?!?!?!?

just kidding.

I think I'm using the wrong gauge 'd' string on my bass... in relation to the other three strings.. *ponders*

I hope it doesn't ruin the tone when I switch it out for proper strings later..
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#14
About 3 years ago I had to borrow basses while my crappy Ibanez was getting fixed. I borrowed a really well-maintained Ibanez SR505, and a poorly cared for Alvarez AEB 5-string. Both were sweet basses, but I had to do some work on the alvarez. I repaired the back plate, replaced a pot and completely set up the bass. Even though I was relatively new at bass I still new how to fix stuff :] but yeah nowadays I'm never without a bass, just without cash :[

I'm often really generous about people borrowing my stuff, but I'm still pretty stern on how they care for it. No zippers or belt buckles, treat it like you were caring for my kid (because you are!), and for God's sake don't try to do anything to it yourself!
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#15
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About 3 years ago I had to borrow basses while my crappy Ibanez was getting fixed. I borrowed a really well-maintained Ibanez SR505, and a poorly cared for Alvarez AEB 5-string. Both were sweet basses, but I had to do some work on the alvarez. I repaired the back plate, replaced a pot and completely set up the bass. Even though I was relatively new at bass I still new how to fix stuff :] but yeah nowadays I'm never without a bass, just without cash :[

I'm often really generous about people borrowing my stuff, but I'm still pretty stern on how they care for it. No zippers or belt buckles, treat it like you were caring for my kid (because you are!), and for God's sake don't try to do anything to it yourself!



I'm REALLY stingy when it comes to lending my gear - I've had people totally mess up my EQ and adjusting all the pedal settings after specifically telling them NOT to touch anything. As for my bass, some guy gave it back to me with all this sweat and it smelled weird.
#16
I doubt I'd let anyone barrow my bass. I'm a little over protective of it. My guitar on the other hand is expendable, so I'm not afraid to part ways with it for awhile. But since a guitarist friend of mine broke his B.C. Rich he's been bugging me non-stop to let him borrow it. Which I hate, because he's a disgusting slob who thinks showers are a waste of the cities water. The only reason I let him borrow it the last time was because he had promised to buy it off me, which was a lie.

Every time I get it back I have to change the strings and give it the once over. Cleaning all the cigarette ash, layers of grime on the fretboard, a fine film of slime off the bridge, strings that you couldn't see through the gunk on them. All this after just one month.

On the plus side, that guitars a brick, and anything he can do to it is nothing compared to all its been through.
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#17
I've used the bass at the studio on a few occasions, and I have to say its the overall string grime that bugs me the most. I am convinced that half the students haven't figured out that they need to wash their hands before they play and wipe down the strings after they play. It was so gross at one point (the grime was coming off like the consistency of pencil erasure shavings), that two of us pitched in the money to buy replacement strings on our own dime.
#19
I've never had to borrow a bass really, althoguh I've played a shoddy broken one at my old school.

I would never lend anybody mine, maybe my old one, but not my current bass. I'm too protective of it. I don't really even let people play it.
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Eww... I hate rusty strings..
Not as much as I hate grimey strings.. or grimey AND rusty strings.. but still.. Eww.


+1. My bass teacher currently has a 55' P-Bass...totally original. And he had an '81 Stingray. AND he's getting an alembic...He has a vintage Acoustic head and 4
x10 too....They always makes for fun at the start of a lesson

And I really HATE rusty and/or grimey strings...maybe that's just my ocd.
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#23
dude.... a '55 P-bass. that's worth more than your soul.
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#24
Wow you guys are nice.
Nobody is EVER brrowing my bass without e being right next to them!
#25
I play with a select few people now, so I rarely get a chance to play other peoples gear... the only person I completely trust with my stuff is the guy that fixes it all. I also happen to be screwing him...

But I like my strings dead, and it is very hard to get to that point and it not be icky... but ocd kicks in and the polish rag and lemon oil and string cleaner and a bit of this and that... and wow I scare my drummer with that.
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#26
Yeah that's the thing with me, I'd REALLY rather not have other people touch my bass...haha funny anecdote, this kid tried to touch my bass wayyyy back when i was in middle school, and I told him not to. I turn around and when i look back he's got his hands inside the case so I'm like 'Marcus NO!' and slam it closed...right on his fingers.

That didn't go over well.
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#27
I've only had to borrow someone's bass once before for a show. The strings weren't bad, but the electronics were messed up and it freaked me out having to use it. That was a fun show, I'd quit the band and left them without a bassist about a week before that show. I was at the concert just to enjoy it, but they wrangled me into playing with them. That was fun, playing songs I hadn't practiced in a month and doing a song I'd never heard before with a bass I'd never touched before and an amp I'd used only once before then. *sigh* Oh well, at least I got into the concert for free.

I only a few people touch my stuff. I let a guitar-player friend of mine who's been playing for years and years touch my stuff because he respects it and knows better than to mess with my stuff. There's my best friend and guitarist, who doesn't touch my amp or bass that often anyway and my student, who holds my bass when I'm demonstrating something on his four-string. Then there's the bassist for the other worship band at my youth group who uses my amp, who doesn't touch it anyhow. I usually have to tune her bass...I guess I let a few people touch my stuff, but they're either under my supervision or respected musicians.
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