You just bought a guitar and you’re so excited? You play every day, several times a day, and boom! It suddenly starts playing differently.It stops resonating well. The strings now need more pressure to fret. And it’s making you fret. Don’t you worry, buddy. Bass guitars are instruments too. They need setup and fixing from time to time. Guitar repair it is called. And you know what? You needn’t get frustrated because you can do it too. Read along to know how.



The strings are to the bass like the engine is to the car. The bass just ceases to be a bass without the strings. Same as when there are strings, but they are rusty old, and all worn out. Remove those strings. They won’t resonate well. They’ve got no reason to, really. They are old!



Next, set to cleaning your guitar. Those string are off the way now. Get some guitar cleaner, lemon oil, a piece of soft cloth, an old toothbrush and some cotton swabs for places you can’t have easy access to. A rusty and moldy guitar would lead to collapse of the bridge and the neck of the guitar, and with these, no amount of setup would make the guitar work well. Cleaning up is very important.

The toothbrush is used to scrub behind the frets and the cotton swabs for the bridge. Lastly, pour some lemon oil on the fret board, allow to soak for 10 minutes and clean up using the cloth. Your new strings are ready to be fixed. Yay! More details.



A tuner is used to intonate the bass and the best is the chromatic. It reads the intonations more efficiently. Start with your open E and tune it perfectly. Next, fret the twelfth fret of your E. The note should be an E, and it should be perfectly in tune. This is very important. Check your string’s saddle and see if it requires a screw driver or Allen wrench. It could have come with the guitar kits too. Tighten the twelfth fret E was flat and loosen a bit if it was sharp. As every adjustment either adds or reduces the tension in the strings and consequently their tunings, for every adjustment of the twelfth fret of your E, retune your open E.Be patient. Once this is completed, repeat the same process for the other strings. It is fun, trust me!


Hold your bass 45 degrees from you to do this. There is a truss rod that is found just behind the nut, behind the strings. Loosen the truss rod if you notice a dip and tighten it if you notice an arch. Determine the level of the neck. If it is not level, do that by either tightening or loosening the truss rod a quarter of a turn at a time.


Tada! This is all you need to setup your bass guitar. Gone are the days of the frustration. Follow the steps above and your guitar setup would be complete leaving your bass new once more and you will enjoy playing it for quite some time. You have gotten the best guitar under 1000 minutes! Learn more details at:

Best Vehicles for Touring Bands

When four or five members of a band pile into a vehicle for a road tour, space becomes a premium. And, while it may be a bonding experience like no other for the band members, choosing the right vehicle for the tour can make all the difference between a smooth ride and a bumpy road ahead. Here are just a few vehicle types that might work best for the touring band. You can read more about specific makes and models of these vehicles online at

 The conversion van is a pretty rock and roll vehicle with plenty of room to breath for band members. Most models are designed for comfort on the road with amenities like sleeping accommodations, cooking abilities, entertainment features and more. It’s probably an ideal vehicle choice for a small, touring band with a limited transportation budget. The minivan might be an even cheaper alternative to the conversion van. Space will still be a big plus, though most minivans don’t come preloaded with the conveniences of a conversion van.

 Sport utility vehicles, depending on the make and model, can deliver on space and comfort in a big way. Large models like the Chevrolet Tahoe can comfortably fit five to seven passengers with a third row. This seating configuration takes up all storage space, so the band will have to tow some kind of trailer behind to handle luggage, gear and equipment. The Honda Element is a small SUV that offers a whole lot of storage. It could be an option for short runs out of town to play gigs.

 Until your band makes it big time with its own fleet of tour busses or airplanes, hitting the open road, crammed into a car, is probably reality. That much close proximity between band members can be a challenge. But, putting a little thought into the touring vehicle you choose can mean the difference between war and peace on the road.