twisted guitar neck -- Help Needed

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by cosmo kramer, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. cosmo kramer

    cosmo kramer New Member

    calling tallkien!
    guys, i have just found out that i have managed to twist my new electric guitar's neck... what i did was, that i added a heavier set of strings, and tuned it to concert pitch. now since the new strings were too heavy, the bridge got bent forward, and tuning became a major pain.. so i purchased an extra set of springs and installed it, taking the total spring count to four...

    but all along i suspected that something could go wrong. and it did. when i checked the neck today out of curiosity, i was horrified, and heartbroken. this is my lovely metallic red yamaha pacifica thats just 2 months old...

    the twist is about 5 to 6mm just like in this photo graph --> [​IMG]
    (in this image, the neck is a bit too twisted, and intentionally so..
    NOTE: this is NOT my guitar's photograph)
    the extent of twist on my guitar is considerably less than that in the photograph, but with the same orientation...
    so my question is:
    first, CAN it be repaired? or not.
    second, if it can be, then will i need professional help or not?

    right now, the situation i am in because of this development, i wont be able to sleep peacefully till i get this thing sorted out...
  2. fishtank

    fishtank Member

    why don't you show your guitar to the shop you purchase it from
    i too own the same yamaha pacifica 112j but never came through this problem
    moreover your guitar is new maybe the shop owner will repair it.
  3. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    Did you add the strings one at a time or did you unstring the whole thing first? Restringing shouldn't really cause warping.

    It might be repairable; but don't despair, it's a bolt on neck and can be replaced if it has to be. :)
  4. cosmo kramer

    cosmo kramer New Member

    ^ya man, i did unstring it completely...
    PS:- how much could a replacement neck cost me(if at all i need to get it)?
  5. tallkien

    tallkien DIY GURU

    That pic there is of a helix neck, it is not a defect, Is your neck bent the same way or did it bend straight up like a bow? If it bent like the pic then that's a very serious problem which involves a lot more than just heavier strings.

    Anyway post similar pics of your guitar to give us a better idea.

    You add springs to the trem mainly when the old ones wear out. If you're stepping up the gauge you first should tighten the springs a few turns without adding any new ones. For now just detune the guitar and see if the neck straightens up, if not take it to a luthier in your area and get his advice, post spme pics anyway, and in future please consult before trying something like that.
  6. cosmo kramer

    cosmo kramer New Member

    ok here i have some pics:

    although i do suspect that, the neck has untwisted just a little after being hung for about 12 hrs straight. just by a whisker, i guess, i'm not it bad? also about neck replacement, i'm a little skeptic of the workmanship of these ppl... coz i have read that when installed at the factory with standard strings, the neck is balanced with great precision. i doubt these guys could do it.anyway how much would/could a neck cost me?:(
  7. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    How does that happen?
  8. tallkien

    tallkien DIY GURU

    Ouch! Dude that is way beyond my scope of assistance, Get some luthier numbers and make the calls, They sure could try to fix that but you should be aware that applying that kind of strain will weaken the neck (even more) quite considerably. Even if you were to twist that in a vice you'd have to do it slowly over the period of a few weeks, I doubt many luthiers would oblige. In any case you've exposed a weak neck so the best thing is to look for a replacement, and that can prove expensive...

    Just so happens, I'm in the market for a neck myself. I'm (indulging) in a warmoth (if and when I can afford it). Lutherie is a craft not an exact science so don't expect micro precision if you plan to get one made here (or most anywhere). If you absolutely insist on such a (precision) neck, I know people who are very happy with Carvin. I'd have one made by Erisa except he's busy making some acoustics and he'll stay busy for a few months. I've had a couple of long chats with him and seen some of his work. You can very safely trust this man to build you a great neck IMO. I lost his number with my phone but hopefully somebody here has it

    Good luck
  9. raj.hendrix

    raj.hendrix New Member

    ^^hey i got erisa's number. its 09443263087
  10. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    U can get the neck replaced for aroung 3 to 4K.....depends upon the model though....The shopwalla at malad told me that he charges 3000 to 3500 for Ibanez Necks....the rates may vary according to the model......
  11. tallkien

    tallkien DIY GURU

    what necks are these, please do tell more, and please pass on this guys number for everyones benefit...

  12. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    Albertos Guitar Shop.
    Ph No. 022-28881523
    This shop is at Malad Link Road.

    The guys seem to be a bit reluctant to tell the prices on the phone.. Had gone to their shop last week along with my friend. So I could get the price.
    Dont know what kinda wood they use. but they assured us that they will be using the best wood.
  13. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    one more thing these guys even make Guitars of ur choice. Tel them anything and they will make it for u .....they have been in this industry for many years...

  14. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    Hey here is the guys address who repairs guitars .....
    Excellent luthier.

    Sunil Musicals
    Name - Sunil Shinde
    Tel - 02228684347

    He has a workshop at Kandivali(Link Road). Charkop
  15. khushalbhadra

    khushalbhadra New Member

    Sunil Musical number doesnt work.
  16. theghost

    theghost New Member

    What gauge strings did u put on?
  17. flood

    flood New Member

    while i understand that you're a n00b and can only do as a n00b does, you have created a fail of proportions that are definitely great but no stranger to these boards.

    the first post is from 2007. i would expect that the man doesn't visit these boards anymore, and has solved the problem or sold the guitar already. check dates before reviving threads.
  18. theghost

    theghost New Member

    Hey i didnt revive this thread

    MY BAD!

    Anyway i wanted to know coz i wanted to put 12's on my squier
  19. flood

    flood New Member

    hmmm, i did that once (was buying a new set and thought, WWJD? 13s!) and my neck didn't like it much, IIRC. this was a long time ago.
  20. theghost

    theghost New Member

    Will the neck bend even if I tune drop c#?

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