A topic sometimes seldom discussed (especially around those new to the instrument) is the care and maintenance of our instruments. Like anything that you touch or use on a daily basis, it’s going to require some work to maintain. I remember the moment when I realized that I didn’t have to be a master luthier to figure out that I can do some things on my own to help keep my bass in good repair. A few easy things I do regularly are to check the string height, tilt of the bridge (to make sure it’s straight), and check for any tension or cracks. The use of humidifiers (ex. a Dampit) is a definite must during dry weather, like now during the Winter months. Also, I always take care while moving my bass- this is probably the greatest opportunity for an accident to happen (either going through doors, or loading my bass into my car). Lastly, prevention is so important. I try to always be thinking ahead and playing is safe.
Here’s a few sites that also might be helpful: