Neck Heavy guitars; how do you remedy?

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  1. mesa/boogieman

    mesa/boogieman Senior Member

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    Just received a Fender TC90 which I really like but it is neck heavy. Very difficult to solo when I have to worry about the neck diving. Anyway to fix this?
     
  2. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    Change tuners? Shave the neck? Sell it?
     
  3. 9fingers

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    I get rid of them. There are thousands of wonderful guitars out there that balance great. It is not rocket science.
     
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    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    Don't much understand the problem, eh?
     
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    Buy one of those ancle weights and attach/tape it to the bottom end of your strap.

    Sure beats drilling/adding a new straphole, like seen on hordes of poor vintage SGs.
     
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    it was my poor attempt at humor
     
  8. dysorexia

    dysorexia Senior Member

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    Glue a bar of solid gold to your guitar body. Let the transient low-mid frequencies permeate into your prostate. Problem solved!
     
  9. rspencer

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    Try a different strap. A wide leather strap with a rougher backing will "stick" to your shoulder better, eliminating the dive.
     
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    Yeah, a friend who played SGs had this problem. Just get one of those little ankle or wrist weights people wear when they walk and velcro it around the end of your strap, where it meets the body.
     
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    Hang a set of brass truck nuts off the back end of the strap.
     
  13. Whiskeyrebel

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    Wear it on the strap so the tailpiece is low and the neck is angled upward, rather than having the neck parallel to the floor.
     
  14. dspellman

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    Cute.
    I've seen three things done, but before you get to that, you might try finding lighter tuners to see if that helps.
    Relocating the strap button (if possible) can also help.

    1) I've had a hole drilled in the bottom of the guitar near the strap button, a chunk of tungsten inserted and epoxied, and then the hole plugged and refinished.

    2) Neckheavy.com at one point had a small plastic box with tungsten inside (I dunno, 5-6 ounces) that they sold. It attached at the bottom strap button.

    3) Neckheavy.com now sells a strap that has tungsten (I think) weights built into it at the bottom end.

    All of the above solutions work, and far better than the inevitable "Get a big wide strap", which is silly because it just pulls up your shirt in back.
     
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    I had to sell mine, because I only play sitting down and usually while doing other things also. So I could not play them and do the things I needed to on the computer
     
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    I just use a leather strap that's rough or suede on the inside. I have NO issues with my SG. Easy peasy
     
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    Yeah, it works for me too. I've never experienced a neck heavy enough that it'll pull your shirt up due to the strap.
     
  18. Tidewater Custom Shop

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    This is it. No science necessary. Just makes good sense. A natural unfinished (rough) leather back.

    My SG is neck heavy. A good strap is all it took to keep that neck angle even with both hands off the guitar.

     
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    lightweight keys can help, as a little weight makes a big difference out there on the end of that long "lever arm" of the neck.

    this is a common issue with basses.
     
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    I moved the bottom strap button away from the pots which i found easier to do than drill into the horn of an SG. That lets the body drop down and the neck naturally points up, doesn't eliminate it completely but the suede strap idea only tugs and pulls on my shirt.
     

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