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post Feb 6 2009, 09:45 PM
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Hi all,

I sometimes downtune my guitars half step to play certain songs & lessons, and without any further setting-up they sound fine, don't buzz, etc.

Sometimes I leave them downtuned for a couple weeks, then tune them back to standard. Could this hurt the neck in any way? I mean leaving them with less tension than normal for days, isn't that supposed to affect the neck some way?

I guess there's no problem doing that, as everything is fine so far, but I thought I'd ask just in case, better safe than sorry! wink.gif


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post Feb 6 2009, 10:10 PM
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Sometimes is adviced to leave the instruments that usually don't get played with the strings out of tune (less tension) not to damage the neck. So, regarding your question I don't think that the neck will be damaged if you do that. Although is true that could be better to set up your guitar for a certain tuning and let it that way.


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post Feb 6 2009, 10:19 PM
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Not sure if this is going to help you any but here is what I do..........

I have my guitars set to Eb tuning always (they are set up that way).

If I am jamming to a backing track or working on lessons that have standard tuning I can use my PC soundcards software to change the pitch to match my tuning.

If I am recording and not using my PC soundcard, I simply use the Pitch Shifter on my GNX4 and add it as an effect to whatever sound I am using at the time. Again, this allows me to match the tuning of the backing track.

I just find it easier than having to keep different guitars with different tunings and its much less hassle than having to keep re-tuning the guitar to match a particular song or backing track.

Just some food for thought I guess but maybe it helps.

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post Feb 6 2009, 10:26 PM
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It shouldn't make any difference Fran. The difference in tension for just a Half Tone's difference shouldn't affect the Neck at all.
It would make a difference if you were De-tuning but using a lot heavier Strings (as per SRV), but anything 11's or less won't hurt at all!
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post Feb 6 2009, 10:29 PM
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If you don't see any problems Fran (like buzz etc) its cool! Also half step isn't much, so I'm sure it wouldn't hurt your neck...


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post Feb 7 2009, 11:22 AM
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There definitely is no problem, tuning down half a step is not really changing THAT much, your guitars neck can easily handle this, don't worry.


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post Feb 7 2009, 01:53 PM
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Thanks guys, good to hear my necks won't melt over night smile.gif


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I change tunings quite frequently. From E to C# to Eb to D etc.
I've done this for several years on most of my guitars and i've never had any neck damage problems, so i think your safe smile.gif

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