Went through the process this morning

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  1. living room rocker

    living room rocker Member

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    We've had quite the climate change in Illinois the last couple weeks.....winter is rapidly approaching. I've noticed the affect of temp and humidity changes on the guitar neck, most notably when bending notes on the skinnier strings. The action seemed high, so got out the tools and ran through the process. Took out a bit of neck relief and checked string height on the bass side (dead nuts perfect @ 6/64") and treble side (pretty high @ 6/64"). I know the treble side was dead on too @ 4/64" the last time I went through the process six months ago. My question.....does a guitar neck bow AND twist slightly with changes in climate?
     
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  2. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the guitar. If you have a solid wood neck, it will do what wood does - twist and warp in response to climate changes. I have a couple of Martins with their laminated necks and I never have to touch those summer or winter. For some reason they put these necks on the cheaper guitars - they deserve to be on their flagship models.
     
  3. Biddlin

    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    I just moved from the Sacramento river delta to the Sierra Nevada foothills with out leaving the county. The differences in humidity and temperature are significant. So far my guitars are pretty stable. My sinuses on the other hand.... I have noticed in the past that the mahogany necks seem a little more sensitive to atmospheric changes than maple necks.
     
  4. Bad Penguin

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    Even down here in "sunny" Florida, I go thru the same routine. (It's 44 right now as we speak.) The heater and AC have different humidity, so......

    But most of the guitars are stable, for now. (fingers crossed.)
     
  5. Astral Traveler

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    Yes! Ibanez put their laminated necks on the high end models. Makes complete sense.
     
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