Is my neck twisted? If so, need I worry?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by NateD81, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. NateD81

    NateD81 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    140
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    So I bought this guitar on Reverb and noticed the neck appears to be twisted - any opinions on whether this is a big deal or not? The seller said he’d offer a refund / or cover the cost to be repaired if it needs to be done, any thoughts?

    Thanks all!
     

    Attached Files:

    boredguy6060 likes this.
  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,396
    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Location:
    portland, or
    Hows it play ???? That's what matters ...
    Could be an optical illusion ..
     
    Fretting out and NateD81 like this.
  3. NateD81

    NateD81 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    140
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    it plays pretty well, action is pretty high and I’d like to get that lowered but there’s not buzzing going on.
     
  4. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    991
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2015
    Location:
    Maldon, England
    It's badly twisted and may get worse. Get the refund.
     
    VWAmTele, HTSMetal, Frontier9 and 5 others like this.
  5. 39martind18

    39martind18 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    341
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Location:
    Spring TX
    Only if it hurts, and/or you have numbness in your limbs or extremities
     
    NateD81 likes this.
  6. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    2,626
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2015
    Location:
    PNW USA
    More (closer?) pics would help, but from the one pic, it looks twisted.
     
    zosofan and NateD81 like this.
  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,013
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    I've seen some boutique guitars purposely built with that neck twist as an ergonomic improvement.

    Do a fret rocker test on the frets.

    .
     
    NateD81 likes this.
  8. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    30
    Posts:
    782
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2016
    Location:
    Tip of the Mitt
    PASS
     
    NateD81 likes this.
  9. NateD81

    NateD81 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    140
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    here’s a couple more
    50886778-B85B-4CA8-AE85-67F2D2BF6638.jpeg 53B81106-0315-47E7-902A-6B285808185D.jpeg C659B79B-A8C5-4C19-ACAE-F871FB6B30B5.jpeg
     
    SecretSquirrel likes this.
  10. NateD81

    NateD81 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    140
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    Are you saying just return it?
     
    zosofan likes this.
  11. NateD81

    NateD81 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    140
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    It’s a Taylor 114e — definitely not boutique haha I don’t have a proper rocker tool but I watched a YouTube video and used a credit card and 2, 3, and 4 plus around frets 14 or so rock a bit. Not sure if it’s just high frets or? I starting to feel like maybe I should return the guitar. I bought on reverb And am past the return date but they seller is pretty cool and said he’d take it back. Just wish I didn’t have to pay return shipping :/ I’m just worried that it’ll get worse and I don’t need that.
     
  12. fasteddie42

    fasteddie42 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    30
    Posts:
    782
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2016
    Location:
    Tip of the Mitt
    I would return a twisted neck.
     
    stnmtthw, zosofan and Treadplatedual like this.
  13. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    2,686
    Joined:
    May 20, 2017
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Check again to see if the neck is really twisted or if it’s the nut sloping down because of the thinner unwound strings. From your pictures above, the frets look level side to side and don’t indicate a twisted neck. Take a picture looking over the first seven frets toward the nut. See if the frets slope down to the right. That may be a better indicator. Then check relief on both E strings. Adjust the truss rod and check again. Fret buzz on the first five frets on the E and B strings will be indicative of a twisted neck.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
    fenderchamp likes this.
  14. vgallagher

    vgallagher Tele-Meister

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    200
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2017
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    Return it
     
    Treadplatedual likes this.
  15. Mudman32

    Mudman32 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    34
    Posts:
    296
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2017
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Got a local shop? Pop by and ask them to take a look. Buy some strings to return the favor
     
    fenderchamp likes this.
  16. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,046
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Return it based on those pics, don't delay.
     
    Treadplatedual likes this.
  17. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,535
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2014
    Location:
    Maine
    I agree, it looks like a propeller. Return it while you still can.
     
    Fretting out and Treadplatedual like this.
  18. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,293
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2011
    Location:
    Perth Australia
    I'd return it, or else I'd be constantly listening for any issues which would really spoil my playing pleasures.
     
    zosofan and Treadplatedual like this.
  19. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Holic

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    546
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    Location:
    Federal Way, Washington
    I'd say it's definitely twisted. The question is: what to do about it. If the seller offered to cover the cost of fixing it, (I myself), would be willing to do that, because on a Taylor, it's an easy fix...just have the neck replaced. Taylors have bolt on necks and use shims between the neck heel, and the block to set the action, so it's not hard to make it like the neck twist never happened.

    If it's worth the sellers cost, that's what I would do, a Taylor authorized repair shop can replace the neck, and set it up in about 15-20 minutes. It will play like new! The real question comes down to...the cost of neck replacement, versus the value of the guitar.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2019
    Fretting out likes this.
  20. Fretting out

    Fretting out Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    28
    Posts:
    1,376
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2019
    Location:
    Land of Mary
    Of course The seller says they’d pay for a repair till they see it’s going to cost 500 dollars or so
    I didn’t know they were bolt on but I’d still guess if you take it to a licensed Taylor tech it will probably run that much

    It also depends if it’s the one guitar to end all guitars
    If not I’d just return it if there is nothing special about it

    I’d probably be suspicious myself if it was a decent price and a obvious twist you noticed instantly wasn’t described in the listing
     
    drmmrr55 likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.