Care of your Bass
This simple maintenance routine will keep your bass playing and looking its best for many years.
Before you play
- Lift your bow out of the case by its frog (the grip at the end). (Avoid touching the hair as it will absorb oils from your skin that will keep it from playing well.)
- Tighten the adjustment screw at the end of the bow until the hair is about the width of a pencil from the bow stick.
- Apply rosin to your bow hair if it needs it. (You shouldn't need rosin every time you play and too much rosin will leave a powdery mess on your strings, bass, and bow.)
- Lay your bow across your lap.
- Lift your bass from its case by its neck. (Handle it gently as it's made of thin wood and can break easily.)
- Adjust your endpin to the playing height you prefer.
- Holding the bass by its neck in your left hand, move it into playing position. With your right hand pick up the bow by its frog. You're ready to play.
- If you take a break, put your bass and bow in a safe place so they don't get bumped, knocked off, or kicked.
After you play
- Set your bass in its case temporarily while you tend to the bow.
- Holding the bow by the frog, loosen the adjustment screw until the hair just goes slack. (Loosening the bow lets it rest and keeps it from warping.)
- Using a soft cloth wipe the rosin dust off the bow stick. (Careful not to touch the hair.) Put the bow in its compartment in the case.
- Lift the bass from its case by its neck. Use the soft cloth to wipe the rosin dust off your bass and each of its strings. (Rosin will eat into your bass's finish, and excess rosin on your strings will dampen their sound.)
- Adjust your endpin back into the bass.
- Put your bass in its case. Most bass damage occurs when it's left out. If you'd like to leave it out, use a bass stand.
- Put your rosin, tuner, and any other small items in the compartments inside your case so they won't bounce into your bass and damage it.
- Put your lesson book and music in the pocket on the outside of the case or carry them separately. (Don't put anything (music, paper, shoulder rest, tuner, etc.) on top of your bass in its case as it might knock the bridge down or crush your bass.)
- Fasten the case latches and/or zipper.
- Store your bass inside where the temperature and humidity are stable. (Never leave your bass in a car on a cold night or hot afternoon since temperature changes can damage its finish and cause cracks in the
- Clean the finish of your bass with a bass polish cloth. (A bass polish cloth contains enough polish to remove fingerprints and impurities, and is preferable to liquid polish which can harm the strings and bow hair.)
- If you get a build-up of rosin on your bass, use liquid Fiddlebrite or a Miracle Cloth to remove it.
- Wash out your cleaning cloth or replace it with a new one.
- Bring your bass to the Amro repair shop at least once a year or whenever you feel it's not playing its best. We'll inspect and test it free of charge, usually while you wait. And if you have Amro’s Maintenance & Replacement plan, any repair and adjustments it needs are free. (A properly working instrument can actually make you a better player.)