#1
Playing the guitar with a bow!!!


Well... sort of.

Is it normal to have a slight bowing of the neck, or is it supposed to be totally straight?

Because my guitar has a slight bend in the neck and I don't know what to do about it.
#2
most guitars have a bow in the neck, this is for greater tone and sustain.
only shred machines have flat necks because speed is increased
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#3
It shouldn't be significant though, it should be very slight. You can check your neck by fretting the first and last frets (might want to use a capo or something to help) and measuring the distance at around the 7th fret. Depending on your preference you might want about a credit card's width distance between the string and the fret. If the gap is too wide, you need to tighten your truss rod, which anyone who is not a retard should be able to handle. Just loosen your strings a little and tighten it about a quarter turn, wait a day and check it again.
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#4
Quote by permanentmarker
most guitars have a bow in the neck, this is for greater tone and sustain.

:snyper:
feels wierd typing that


wow i didnt know that, i seriously thought your neck should be strait all the way thru, how does it help the tone and sustain?
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#5
Wait, necks are bowed so that u won't get fret buzz when u play a string. Notice how the string moves when u pluck it, it makes a slightly ovalish shape (you should know this from a physics class when u studied waves). Well, the neck should have a similar shape. Right?
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#6
What concerned me is that I put heavy strings on this guitar and I thought maybe they were "pulling" the neck into a bend. How do I adjust a truss rod, anyway?
#7
there should be a cover at the front of the headstock right next to the nut, or just a hole, and theres an alan screw in there, you can adjust it from there, or at the base of the neck on some guitars theres a hole, with the same alan screw *its normally an alan screw* and you adjust it accordingly
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#8
Yep, that's how u fix it. But concidering that u didn't know about the truss rod, i recommend taking it to a pro shop and have them do it. If u do it urself u might end up snapping ur guitar neck in two pieces.
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#9
Yes, normally whenever I try to fix anything I end up damaging it further. Probably best to take it to a pro.
#10
At first I thought he meant playing with a violin's bow....
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#12
most guitars have a bow in the neck, this is for greater tone and sustain.
only shred machines have flat necks because speed is increased


You're confusing a neck bow with fretboard radius...nobody's neck should be bowed as such. Neck relief is easy to check - fret a string at the first and last fret, the string should be close s dammit to the frets. If there's more than a credit card thickness than the neck has a forward bow and the truss rod needs tightening slightly, if the strings are flat against the frets then there's a backwards bow and the rod needs loosening slightly.
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#14
Quote by permanentmarker
most guitars have a bow in the neck, this is for greater tone and sustain.
only shred machines have flat necks because speed is increased
:snyper:
feels wierd typing that




I think Im the only one that caught that.

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#15
guitars are usually set up with some relief to make them easier to play

necks set up perfectly straight require an EXTREMELY light touch to play without buzz