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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-12-18T08:11:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=11566 2010-12-18T08:11:40+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108229#p108229 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
Good to hear I don't have to retune my guitar each time :)

Statistics: Posted by rafchord — Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:11 am


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2010-12-17T14:34:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108207#p108207 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
Disciple wrote:
he thinks nothing of cutting all six strings as quickly as he can to get at whatever repair he's up to.


I always slacken the strings before I snip them off as I've caused mischief to my body and property snipping them at tension, but the time between full load and no load isn't very long at all.

Statistics: Posted by rustyslide — Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:34 pm


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2010-12-16T23:28:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108196#p108196 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
If anything a neck with no load on it going thru the usual environmental variations in humidity is at greater risk of getting out of shape.

Keep in mind the current thinking on how to design and build guitar necks is based on a few hundred years of watching how previous designs stood up to stresses while carrying the load of tuned strings not sitting string-less and idle.

Seems to me that if your guitar is moving out of functional shape it won't be string tension that is the cause of it. It may contribute but something else has to be out of whack first.

I've got a buddy who is a luthier professionally for about 25 years and he thinks nothing of cutting all six strings as quickly as he can to get at whatever repair he's up to. If that sort of instant release of neck tension doesn't cause trouble I don't know what would. I'm sure he doesn't approach sensitive Tri_cone or similar set ups this way but typical electrics and acoustics don't seem to mind at all.

I've got a home built strat replica here that has no finish on the neck, I regularly move between E, G and standard tunings. I give little heed to letting it sit in any of those tunings for weeks at a time. The one thing that I think makes a huge difference to the health of your guitar neck is storage between uses. Hanging in a proper wall hook is probably best or in the case, standing with no undue side stresses. If you can keep it away from temperature and humidity changes that are quick and wide you should never have to worry about string tension from typical strings in common tunings.

Relatively speaking the load that strings put on the neck is not that big a deal. The tension / torsional strength of a piece of hardwood the size of a typical guitar neck is far greater than the tension applied by even Open E heavy strings.

Statistics: Posted by Disciple — Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:28 pm


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2010-12-16T05:29:42+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108191#p108191 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
rafchord wrote:
Hi,

I have heard that guitar neck is built in order to resist to the specific tension caused by strings tuned in standard tuning.
If you leave your guitar several days in a different tuning (open G, etc) the neck might curve.

Is that true?

thanks


Any guitar stored or played in any tuning for any length of time will eventually require a truss rod adjustment if it has one no matter the tuning. I wouldn't worry too much about it unless you're using super heavy strings...like piano cable.

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2010-12-15T20:19:34+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108185#p108185 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]> I sometimes have it in E or A but don't like to leave it in that too long just in case.
If I am not using it for a while I usually leave it in D or G.
rustyslide wrote:
I'm still leery of tuning my flattops (with .012s) up to open E or A due to the bridge.

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2010-12-15T04:55:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108178#p108178 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
rustyslide wrote:
I'm still leery of tuning my flattops (with .012s) up to open E or A due to the bridge.


Right, I always forget about the flattops. I should get one of those some day :).

Statistics: Posted by zhyla — Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:55 am


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2010-12-14T22:07:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108173#p108173 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]> Statistics: Posted by rustyslide — Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:07 pm


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2010-12-14T16:32:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108169#p108169 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]> Statistics: Posted by zhyla — Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:32 pm


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2010-12-14T14:50:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108167#p108167 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
Set it up for Standard to accommodate a friend who comes over to jam once in a while - I'm finding myself picking it up and playing arrangements I haven't touched in years.

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:50 pm


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2010-12-14T13:47:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11566&p=108163#p108163 <![CDATA[Re: guitar tuning and neck tension]]>
rafchord wrote:
I have heard that guitar neck is built in order to resist to the specific tension caused by strings tuned in standard tuning.


There's an adjustable truss rod for a reason. The neck will accommodate any range of tunings/gauges (tension) that the truss rod allows (whatever that is).


If you leave your guitar several days in a different tuning (open G, etc) the neck might curve.


A guitar is set up (intonation, action, relief) for a particular string gauge and tuning. If you reduce the tension (e.g. standard down to open G or open D), then yes, the neck will have less relief. I've never noticed anything from such a slight change, though.

So, leave your guitar in open G for as long as you like.

Statistics: Posted by rustyslide — Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:47 pm


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