#1
i'm learing the solo to pink floyd's another brick in the wall and at a certain part, i have to bend from my 13th fret on the b string to the 18th fret. i'm using 13's and whenver i do that bend, i hear a faint crack. is it the nut, is it the neck, something else ? i don't know.

so my question is: can large bends damage the guitar neck ?

#2
Bends wont damage the neck, if anything your string will snap...So what your saying is your bending from the 13th to the 18th. 2 1/2 steps!! I don't remember the song but its probably your saddle or nut. Closely inspect those areas when you bend.
#3
My virgo makes a slight cracking sound if I push too hard, but she's getting old and I've been hard on her.
Doesn't throw it out of tune at all though.
I should probably adjust the neck pocket, or reseat the neck screws/bolts. But I'm not worried

I know mine is the neck, not anything else.
#4
May be the string slipping from the tuner heads.
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#5
You should either slide to the 15th fret on b and bend 1 1/2 steps or slide to b and play 12th fret on e and bend 1/2 step. If that makes sense. Don't think you should be bending that far?! I stand corrected if he does.
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#6
yeah if you've ever tried to play the song those Gilmore bends are wicked, but you can pull it off.....just give er hell cuz when you hit it right it sounds mint, I think he was right saying it might just be the pegs making that sound from sliping out
#7
It's not doing any damage to the neck.
Take some pencil lead or soap and rub it in the nut grooves (not that one, sicko) next time you change strings. That should help.
#8
I wanna go straight out and just say, what about lighter strings?
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#9
It's also possible that cracking noise is your neck shifting around in the neck pocket.
#10
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It's not doing any damage to the neck.
Take some pencil lead or soap and rub it in the nut grooves (not that one, sicko) next time you change strings. That should help.

i already do that, thanks for the tip though

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It's also possible that cracking noise is your neck shifting around in the neck pocket.

is that a bad thing ?

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I wanna go straight out and just say, what about lighter strings?

but my guitar is set up for 13's and i like them...
#11
The other post has it right he's not bending that far. If you have a chance to see him play this on video you will know what he means.
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#12
Quote by The red Strat.
is that a bad thing ?

Yes and no. If it's knocking your guitar out of tune, your strings out of alignment, and possibly knocking off your intonation, yes. If it's not, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Maybe tighten the screws. My Charvel does it from time to time and I've had no issues. More likely to happen when it's warmer as it causes everything to expand slightly, giving it that extra room to shift around.
#13
Quote by The red Strat.
but my guitar is set up for 13's and i like them...



Hey, I can't argue with personal preference.
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Yes and no. If it's knocking your guitar out of tune, your strings out of alignment, and possibly knocking off your intonation, yes. If it's not, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Maybe tighten the screws. My Charvel does it from time to time and I've had no issues. More likely to happen when it's warmer as it causes everything to expand slightly, giving it that extra room to shift around.

ok, thanks man !


thank to everyone else here too
#15
A friend of mine goes through a nut about every 6 or 7 months on his Tele from excessive bending. It's fine for a while and during a bend a section of the nut will just snap off. The neck itself is fine though.
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It's also possible that cracking noise is your neck shifting around in the neck pocket.


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My Tokai used to crank loudly when I did neck bends. I just tightened the screws, and now it's silent.