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Removed neck, guitar does not feel the same

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Knellsky, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. Knellsky

    Knellsky TDPRI Member

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    Removed the neck cause of pickguard change.
    Reattached neck and somehow the guitar doesnt feel the same as before.
    Stringheight feels higher and strings feel stiffer.
    I should mention that I overtightened the screws at first but I have loosened them a bit now

    Might just be a placebo effect?
     
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  2. tanplastic

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    Different strings?
     
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    Make sure the new pickguard isn't pinched against the neck or otherwise interfering with the seating of the neck in the pocket.
     
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  4. Tyuk

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    My guitars don’t feel the same even after a simple string change due to relieving tension on the neck, etc.

    I’d say give the instrument a bit of time to settle back down/come back to equilibrium. Usually takes a day or two IME.
     
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    Neck shim neeeded.
     
  6. Dacious

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    When you tightened neck down, there isn't a gap between the neck and body.esp at the front of the heel join? Also check your bridge assembly is sitting down properly in the pickup cavity. It's possibly to snag a lead so the bridge isn't snug down on the body.
     
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    It’s going to be ok.
     
  8. tanplastic

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    Nooo.
     
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    It's just sitting in the pocket a little differently. Any chance that it had a shim that fell out, but you just didn't notice?
    Anyway, just adjust it to where the neck is now, and everything should be fine.
     
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    When I put a neck back on, I tune it up, then back out each neck screw about a quarter turn. The string tension will pull the neck snug into the pocket and you’ll hear a little pop. Then tighten the screws again. Worth a shot.
     
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  11. whoanelly15

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    Try putting the neck back on.

    (sorry.)
     
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    Sometimes if I have to remove a neck/change strings it will feel weird afterwards, so much so that I start to over analyze it

    At that point I make up my mind to not touch it for a couple days and most of the time it’s not as bad as I thought it was when I pick it back up with a fresh mind, if it still feels funny then I’ll make adjustments
     
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    I "tamp" a guitar when I reattach a neck; that is to say: restring, loosen the screws a good quarter turn and tamp the butt of the guitar on a carpeted floor. Then tighten her up. Tight.
     
  14. Collin D Plonker

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    Removed neck, guitar does not feel the same

    Put it back on.



     
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    Just replace the neck pocket with a new one.

    :p
     
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    :D :D :D
     
  17. Knellsky

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    A new set of same strings as before
     
  18. Jupiter

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    Give it a little time

    and you’ll forget how it used to feel

    problem solved
     
  19. BluesRockDude

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    Check if the strings are a little closer to the edge on the high or low e side than they were before. If the neck is at even the slightest angle that can have an impact on the feel and tension. It's easy enough to loosen the screws and readjust.
     
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    I'd take it back off check the pocket for any dross, clamp the neck in before putting the screws in so you get flat contact with the pocket. Tune up the strings to pitch, crack the neck screws a bit to let string tension pull the neck into the pocket fully, re tighten them, re tune and check your saddle heights, etc...

    play on..:)
     
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