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Nov 2, 2018 - 7:37:25 PM
5 posts since 10/22/2018

Hi so I was looking at my guitar and saw that it had a slight bow in the neck I'm not sure if this needs to be picked before I got it it had been in storage for a good 10 years im a bit of a newbie so any help is appreciated

Nov 6, 2018 - 3:45:03 AM

463 posts since 8/26/2008

OK here's the thing...… guitar necks need a small amount of bow in the neck to play properly. That bow is called relief. So the correct amount of relief can be measured by putting a playing card or business card between the strings and the finger board at the seventh fret and then Note ie depress the strings at the second and twelfth fret. If there is space between the cart and the strings then there is too much relief and the neck needs to be adjusted, the nut and bone need work or the neck needs to be reset. Bottom line if it is difficult to cleanly note the instrument without using a capo it needs adjustment.

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