Push pull on neck to get slight vibrato technique, bad for guitar?

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  1. Gaetano Capuano

    Gaetano Capuano Member

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    Just been wondering is this damaging or in any way harmful for the nec? It sounds great that's for sure.
     
  2. LarryN

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    Only on a guitar that has a weakness to begin with. Within reason, it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. SteveO

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    Telecasters view it as foreplay.
     
  4. LarryN

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    OK, that was funny.
     
  5. vortexxxx

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    Slash had a neck explode on him when he did that once and it gave him a new piercing.
     
  6. Chris Scott

    Chris Scott Silver Supporting Member

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    As a looongtime Tele player, this gets my "Post of the Year" award reccomendation.

    I do it so much on my hardtail Strat these days that I don't even notice, until someone points it out - just part of the technique I reckon.
     
  7. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    you can get a lovely vibrato on a sustaining open string by just holding the guitar up and shaking it.
     
  8. strat56

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    Maple neck? I do it all the time without issue. Never tried with mahogany.
     
  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i won't push on my LP neck, but my tele gets its share. they both get the "shaken baby" treatment, though.
     
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    Yeah but he was probably playing a Gibson. :p

    :sarcasm:bonk:hide
     
  11. Rockledge

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    I use to do that all the time on guitars, I did the intro to Baracuda by bending the neck.
    But I don't do it now. I think it probably over time changes the necks shape.
    I seen a guy crack a neck doing that once, a neck on a vintage SG. He wasn't a real strong big guy either, he was kind of slight. I suppose he just did it one too many times, the air humidity was just right, or something.
     
  12. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    to be fair, you can crack an SG by looking at it wrong.
     
  13. Rockledge

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    That is true, particularly and old dried up one.
    But I just don't do it anymore, I am just too fond of my instruments now.
     
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    i do it on all my non-trem guitars.
     
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    I block the trem on all my guitars do I remember to do it.

    How about we get a list of guitars NOT to do it on going?

    -Gibson SG (though Frisell did play one for a while, maybe his exploded too.)

    I had to dowel and redrill some neck screws as a result of doing it on a Yamaha Pacifica 112 many years ago, but to be fair that was after demonstrating the durability of a bolt on neck design to a friend by throwing my guitar off of his 20 ft back deck into the yard. It wasn't even out of tune when I went to go pick it up.

    Man, seventh grade was fun.
     
  16. Chris Scott

    Chris Scott Silver Supporting Member

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    Close runner up here.:rotflmao
     
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    I second this nomination.
     
  18. Ronsonic

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    Flash-back .....

    Back in my punk days kneeling on a stage, SG screaming with feedback as I hold it up in front of me with both hands shaking the thing.

    You can really dive-bomb an SG by bending the neck.

    Never did break it or do it harm like that. Did it more damage with a router and learning how to work on guitars. That poor thing has been so many different colors. Had a Dimarzio super distort that I dewound by a bunch of turns. And of course a Leo Quan bridge and Grovers and a brass nut.

    I really gotta resurrect that guitar.
     
  19. epluribus

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    One other little goodie...if you're a few cents off onstage, see if you're holding tension on the neck as you play...easy to do if you're not relaxed. Also a handy way to fine-tune an errant string when you don't have a free hand. But it's always been use-with-caution in my book...never knew whether it was actually bad or not, didn't want to find out. Now we're finding out. :)

    --Ray
     
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    :love: :spit
     

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