Part work of art, part mechanical feat, the Rocklin electric bass guitar is a musical instrument mastered by few but admired by many. While they range in price moderately, it should not be its cost you place as paramount, but rather the magic that can happen when a well cared for instrument meets a master.
Don’t expose your bass to extreme temperatures, excessive dryness or humidity, because these all can harm your wooden instrument. The optimum storage condition is relative low humidity, with a temperature around 70 degrees. Keep it in its case when you’re not using it.
For gig travel, transport the Rocklin bass in a hard shell case to protect it. Loosen the tuning knobs a bit to take pressure off the neck before taking off for the show.
The dust, dirt and sweat of the night club scene exposes your Rocklin bass to some less-than-clean conditions. During play, it’s a good idea to have a sweat cloth nearby to wipe away perspiration. After each gig, take a few moments to wipe down the instrument with a chamois cloth or microfiber cloth. Go over the body, neck, headstock, fingerboards, tuners, pickups and bridge. The strings need particular attention, as they can rust.
At Home Clean-Up
Maintain your Rocklin bass at home by keeping the wood polished. Use a clean dry cloth and guitar polish. FYI cotton cloths can cause micro scratches that build up over the years. Keep that in mind and use a microfiber cloth to shine the poly finish on your bass and hardware. Do not use products designed for furniture, and never use an abrasive. If you have a Rocklin bass guitar with a poly coat, I find that Maguires Mist and Wipe, Auto polish will clean and shine your instrument perfectly. Use a dry cloth on the pickups, but because they can accumulate a lot of dust, you may need to use cotton swabs to thoroughly clean them. For the hardware (bridge, strap pins, tuning heads), clean with a dry cloth. For the fingerboard, remove the strings and use a drop or two of lemon oil or fingerboard oil applied with a clean cloth. Be sure to remove excess oils. You can clean the frets with a mild jewelry cleaner.
Clean the strings individually with a guitar string cleaner. Change your strings regularly–how frequently depends on how often you play. If you’re playing daily, you can expect to change your strings a couple of times a month. Replace one string at a time to avoid undue tension release and resulting stress on the bass neck and bridge. Be careful when removing strings so that you do not scratch your instrument.