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Unread 02-06-2007, 02:13 PM   #16
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If you are going to get a guitar from GC CHECK THE NECK!. All you do is set the butt of the guitar on the floor, look straight down the neck, and close your right eye. If you see any bends request for it to be serviced. Because a new guitars neck tends to bend from the wood being new and from the change in humidity.
The above should be the rule du jour no matter where you purchase an instrument from.

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wha wha wha? how do yo udo this?? any pictures or anything
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Unread 02-06-2007, 03:34 PM   #18
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wha wha wha? how do yo udo this?? any pictures or anything
What I normally do is hold the guitar up carefully with the headstock at my face and the body away from me and against the backdrop of a (preferably) plain and somewhat bright wall.
View the neck/frets and strings as it leaves the headstock towards the body to see if there is a any curvature in the fretboard.
Many new guitars off the shelf have a bit of a forward bow or the illusion of a dip from nut to end of the neck and this can easily be relieved by tightening the truss rod a bit, removing the bow.
Finding a back bow, where the fretboard actually has a gradual rise, is a bit rare but not impossible and can usually be cured by loosening the truss rod.
If the neck has an uneven twist or normal adjustments do not correct a forward or back bow, expect a bit more labor possibly including fretboard resurfacing and/or neck replacement as a repair.
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