Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

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Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (Tarkus108) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:07 pm

My beautiful 1993 plus 12 string came in the mail a few days ago. Now I have a dilemma as far is tuning is concerned.

I initially tuned it to D standard to put a little less tension on the neck. I know it's not necessary to do this after a lot of reading on the forums, but my band plays in D. After an hour or so, I decided I wanted to hear what it would sound like at concert pitch E standard, so I went ahead and did that. I noticed the neck bowing a little more (of course it would) and I quickly went back down to D, as I was not mentally prepared to touch the truss rods of my new baby.

After some thought I've decided I want to tune it back to standard because that's what everyone including Mr Hall recommends. My fear is that I will be destabilizing the neck by switching back and forth so many times. Are my fears justified? Or have I succombed to the new guitar paranoia?
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (Tarkus108) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:37 pm

Many of you probably are thinking a capo is the solution. Which I could be, but I can't determine that now because my cheapo doesn't like this guitar. I have a kyser on order, but I still think concert pitch is best for this guitar.
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (jps) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:11 pm

Forget the Kyser, thay put a lot of force on the strings, IME. Go with either a Shubb or a NS Capo, they are fully adjustable in regards to how much tension you apply to the neck.
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (Tarkus108) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:16 pm

jps wrote:Forget the Kyser, thay put a lot of force on the strings, IME. Go with either a Shubb or a NS Capo, they are fully adjustable in regards to how much tension you apply to the neck.


I heard about the jumper cables force of the kyser. Oh well... Return may be likely. Probably my worries about the neck aren't grounded in reality and I should just play the damn thing?
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (wim) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:52 pm

Tarkus108 wrote:
jps wrote:Forget the Kyser, thay put a lot of force on the strings, IME. Go with either a Shubb or a NS Capo, they are fully adjustable in regards to how much tension you apply to the neck.


I heard about the jumper cables force of the kyser. Oh well... Return may be likely. Probably my worries about the neck aren't grounded in reality and I should just play the damn thing?


Play the damn thing, but with the lightest gauge strings you can accept.
It's a 21 fret neck. Be careful
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (collin) » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:11 pm

jps wrote:Forget the Kyser, thay put a lot of force on the strings, IME. Go with either a Shubb or a NS Capo, they are fully adjustable in regards to how much tension you apply to the neck.


Been using a Kyser for 12-15 years at least, never had a problem (6-string or 12-string...). But YMMV...

Also, don't leave any capo on the guitar for any extended period after you're done playing, take it off.
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Re: Regularly changing tunings destabilizes neck?

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:24 pm

Only ever used a Kyser.
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