How long can I leave a set-neck Tele unstrung.

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  1. Williams

    Williams Tele-Meister

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    I need my set-neck Thinline Tele refretted, but I have to save up for it, so I've taken the strings off and left it in it's case. The question is how long can I leave it that way without causing back bow? I live in So Cal so the temperature here is pretty mild.
     
  2. KenH

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    I loosen the truss rod if the neck is going to be unstrung for any duration.
     
  3. Pete W

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    Never leave strings off the neck or loosen the truss rod unless required for a setup unless you want to risk a twisted neck.
    I see wrecked necks all the time because of crazy suggestions to remove strings or slacken them off for storage.
     
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    +1 I agree no need too. The neck is designed to have tension on it. Why would you keep it in an other condition.
     
  5. Rob DiStefano

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    it just doesn't matter.
     
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    What Rob said.
     
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    That implies that there is some kind of engineering decision by the builder, and that's just not the case. Sometimes they use quartersawn wood, sometimes they don't, and that's about as far as the engineering goes.

    Having the neck under tension won't cause it to twist. Leaving it without tension won't cause it to twist either.

    Take the strings off and adjust the truss rod so that the neck is as straight as is possible (this might mean fully loose, it might not). Wood will tend to take a set in a certain position, and if there's too much bow or a back bow, it can take some extra work to get it straight when the time comes to refret it.
     
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    Finally. Words of wisdom.
     
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    Agreed 100%!

    You can really overthink this stuff :eek:
     
  10. Pete W

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    It's the under thinking which causes the problem, too many people take strings off or loosen the truss rod off for extended periods of time and DON"T check the possible movement of the neck.
     
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    How long you got?
     
  12. Pete W

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    How long you have depends on various things such as humidity changes and different necks have varying levels of stability.
    For example a lacquered neck tends to absorb and rid itself of moisture much slower than an unfinished neck.
     
  13. Williams

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    I'm leaving it off for about a month or two until my next paycheck. It is currently summer weather here in So Cal so nothing too drastic...
     
  14. Geo

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    Keep it in a good moderate climate area that is not too humid, dry, cold or hot.
     
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