#1
I just took the strings off my guitar after practicing for hours. And I dont even want to look at the guitar for the rest of the day (my fingers are blllleeeeeeeding )

The guitar is a one-piece body, not a bolt-on job. Will the guitar be ok if I just wait till tommorow to string it?
#2
seriously i dont know but if it was me and i had the strings available...why take the chance?
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#3
Don't worry about it. It's not like your neck is going to snap from a night without strings.
#4
Its not good to do that!! Specially not overnight! The strings add tension to the neck, you risk the neck bending backwards!
#5
i wouldnt reccomend it
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#6
yeah never take of all the strings off at once, always leave 1 or 2 on just to keep the tension.
#7
It should be just fine.
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#9
Bs, it's fine to leave your guitar neck unstrung overnight. When the neck is attached to the body, it isn't attached at an angle. It won't "bend back" because it doesn't have tension. That is like saying the monkey bars will float off into space if kids don't hang from them.
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#12
You idiots, he's gonna **** up his guitar. I did it once with my guitar when i was a noob and didn't know how to restring, so i took it to a guitar store, and the salesman ****ing freaked out that i'd done this to a 1,000 dollar guitar. So do NOT leave your guitar unstringed. The sale's guy said i was ****ing lucky the guitar wasn't ****ed up. So i repeat, do NOT do that!

Edit: It was a littel different after i put strings back on it, but im unsure if its any worse than before. Definately a change in the feel of it though.


Its not gonna bend back noticably unless you look for it, but there should always be string tension on the neck!
#13
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You idiots, he's gonna **** up his guitar. I did it once with my guitar when i was a noob and didn't know how to restring, so i took it to a guitar store, and the salesman ****ing freaked out that i'd done this to a 1,000 dollar guitar. So do NOT leave your guitar unstringed. The sale's guy said i was ****ing lucky the guitar wasn't ****ed up. So i repeat, do NOT do that!

Edit: It was a littel different after i put strings back on it, but im unsure if its any worse than before. Definately a change in the feel of it though.


Its not gonna bend back noticably unless you look for it, but there should always be string tension on the neck!


I believe this to be 100% wrong. I stay true to the monkey bar analogy.
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#16
I had my guitar unstrung for about a week...and to my suprise it didn't explode!! But seriously, it wasn't by choice..I took the strings off and I planned to get more the next day, but then there was a hurricane and stores were closed for a week...but the guitar was fine..
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#17
well the neck is a piece of wood right?


Wood warps and bends over time when its not on an even surface...kinda like the lumber at home depot i suppose

I guess.....So maybe if it was unstrung over time the neck would warp too? Maybe...


But still

Nothing will happen to it overnight


^ and GuitarForever<3 Now that your not a guitar "noob" why did you downgrade your guitar? You said when you were a "noob" the guitar store guy said you were lucky you didn't bust that guitar that was worth a full grand


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I had my guitar unstrung for about a week...and to my suprise it didn't explode!! But seriously, it wasn't by choice..I took the strings off and I planned to get more the next day, but then there was a hurricane and stores were closed for a week...but the guitar was fine..

damn glad my strings were fairly new when the hurricanes rolled around.
#20
The monkey bar analogy wins.

How do you think guitars are made? There are hundreds of freshly finished Les Pauls hanging at the Gibson factory right now and guess what, they are ALL unstrung! ZOMG!

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#21
^ They've never been strung before^^

It only matters if the guitar has been strung for longer periods of time.

And to the guy asking about downgrading my guitar, that one was my acoustic, and the epiphone cost me about as much, since i live in THE most expensive country in the world. Although, the salaries are bigger over here
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You idiots, he's gonna **** up his guitar. I did it once with my guitar when i was a noob and didn't know how to restring, so i took it to a guitar store, and the salesman ****ing freaked out that i'd done this to a 1,000 dollar guitar. So do NOT leave your guitar unstringed. The sale's guy said i was ****ing lucky the guitar wasn't ****ed up. So i repeat, do NOT do that!

Edit: It was a littel different after i put strings back on it, but im unsure if its any worse than before. Definately a change in the feel of it though.


Its not gonna bend back noticably unless you look for it, but there should always be string tension on the neck!



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#25
OK HERE"S THE DEAL!

no it doesnt break and like said guitars are left unstrung all the time, no they dont warp and if its just a short amount of time it probably wont make much difference but here's why u SHOULDNT do it anyway...

unless u know how to set up ur guitar, u should swap out a string at a time even when restringing. because ull get more shifting with an unstrung neck.
sometimes TOM bridges move or pop off. sometimes intonation screws move a little when not under tension, and sometimes trem bridges have a hard time finding their balance after restrung.

can these things be fixed, YEP. do u want to do it every time, probably not.
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Quote by guitarforever<3
^ They've never been strung before


It doesn't matter. Guitars are left unstrung for extended periods of time during repairs and storage. In fact, it is advised that you loosen the strings when you know you aren't going to be playing it for a long period of time.

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#29
DOn't worry, I 've unstrung my guitar for about a month now, since I have to replace the locking nut WHCIIH STILL HASN"T COME YET!
#30
Theres nothing to worry about, overnight will do nothing, in fact months wont do anything. And it will eventually bend, all wood will, but thats why you have a truss rod. theres nothing to worry about, its not like you have to repaint a guitar with the strings on. anyone who says otherwise is/are noobs, dont listen to them.
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#31
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yeah never take of all the strings off at once, always leave 1 or 2 on just to keep the tension.


I saw this one video where the guy said he always took off all the strings at once every time he restrung it, for the past 35 years.. and the guitar is in great condition..
#32
and again.

Yes, u can take off the strings, but like u said, ^ the guy that did it, has been playing 35 years, so theres a pretty good chance that he knows how to adjust the guitar after strings are back on.
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#33
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The monkey bar analogy wins.

How do you think guitars are made? There are hundreds of freshly finished Les Pauls hanging at the Gibson factory right now and guess what, they are ALL unstrung! ZOMG!


yeah but monkey bars don't have truss rods attempting to bend them. as for the unstrung les pauls in the gibson factory, you can bet that there isn't any tension put onto the truss rods until the strings are put on.

having said all that, i don't think that leaving it unstrung for a single night will do any harm.
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#34
Speaking as someone who has played geeetar for 16 years I would never leave the neck untensioned ,i.e. with no strings on, for any longer than a couple of hours. Past experiences have taught me it's a daft idea. I'm not saying it's going to screw up your neck (but it might) but the hassle you get from sorting the neck out, letting it come back to shape when you put strings back on etc it's just not worth the effort esp if you can avoid it.