Do you ever bend the neck on your SG like a poor man's whammy bar?

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  1. 58pit

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    No, but my Pro Kahler kicks all the ASS I need it to.
     
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    Double post
     
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    Not something I do whatever the guitar. It seems tempting fate to try it on an SG. Has anyone seen an actual break result from this?
     
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    Not on purpose. [​IMG]
     
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    Fixed it for ya!:naughty:
     
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    It was barely a week ago that a brought my fixed neck Fender Telecaster (Yes a non bolt on neck Fender, although I believe they were technically made in japan for Fender)
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    and used the neck flex technique for vibrato when I could.

    I prefer a tremolo for the expression it lends & affect it allows me to add to my playing but when going without trem I see nothing wrong with using the guitar anyway that works for you to get the job done, given its the right instrument that you can use & not be too awfully upset if something 'bad' happens!

    Anywho, here's a clip where the song was in G & the ending chord beckoned for a little neck flex vibrato!
    This one was done by basically only pushing toward my body using one hand on the headstock & the other on the tail end of the body. So it was more like relieving string tension than adding more forward pressure which is a lot less riskier than cranking forward opn a glued in neck!

    If you listen for it you can actually hear the strings slap off the frets a bit for a nice added effect as the chord dissipates.

    Hey, it works for Rock n Roll.

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    Less then a hundred bucks USD, and a string change. And NO pesky creaking noises or worry.

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    Les Trem is amazing!
     
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    I've been meaning to try one & put it through a couple weeks of rehearsals to see how it handles & holds tune.

    I tried the Stetsbar & it works wonderfully & holds tune but it IS pricey at $200+
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    And some might even say it's kinda strange looking & ugly even! Yikes!

    I personally think it 'looks' better on my Explorer than any of the SG's I've had it on. Eye of the beholder eh??
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    But for me looks take a back seat to functionality but that's not saying good looks aren't nice or welcome either.

    And when it comes to looks, those Les Trems don't 'look' too bad at all!
     
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    I've done it. Recently playing "Wicked Game" in a band with much younger guys than myself, I did that little bend/release lick by using the neck. They saw me do it and freaked out, they'd never seen or heard of such a thing. I am quite careful about how much I push it though. On the other hand, I have a Custom Shop Telecaster with a very flamey maple neck, and it just will not bend at all. No "give" whatsoever.
     
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    What a bunch of pansies.

    You aren't bending the neck into a half circle, it's less traumatic to the guitar than putting it in the case and tossing it in the backseat of your car.

    If your neck joint is already compromised because of previous abuse you may have a problem.


    EDIT: Les Trems are the fugliest piece of crap you can bolt on to your guitar.
     
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    I've bent the neck on my epi G400 just to see. Seems like a bad idea. Haven't done it on my Gibson. Probably wont.
     
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    That would be Rudolph Schenker of the band Scorpions.

    Bob
     
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    Michael Schenker, his brother.
     
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    Hell to the effin’ nah... my wallet would sweat with every shake I’m sure of that.
     
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    Well now. I saw Michael with UFO open for the Doobie Brothers on Nov. 1, 1978. Loved the Doobies and enjoyed Skunk Baxter, not so much UFO. BUT, it was the first official date between the lovely lady who became my wife and myself. Still happily married despite UFO!

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    Don't hold back! Tell us how you really feel. lol
    Psss. I feel the same way.

    Now THAT just isn't true!
    Even I'll admit that my Stetbar II is pretty frick'n fugly.
    And you aint seen Stetsbar ugly until you see a Stetsbar on a Strat!
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    And if I can get technical with your "fugliest piece of crap you can bolt on to your guitar" wording, this 'Bolt on" addition is hideously beyond belief FUG-LEE.

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    That has ASS written all over it.
     
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    The other thing about the title of this post disturbs me a bit too. Given anyone can purchase a new Strat for $650 or less, there is none such thing as a new Gibson SG for less than $970. With that said its hard to associate the phrase “poor man’s whammy bar” with any Gibson SG owner. It just disturbs me to consider using the neck of a thousand dollar or more guitar as a means of replicating a tremolo effect.

    My Armory:
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    - Gibson SG Standard 2019 (heritage cherry)
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    - Fender Player Stratocaster (polar white)
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