Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

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David Gutowski
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Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by David Gutowski » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:12 am

This is probably an elementary question, but can anyone tell me if it's better to slacken the guitar strings or keep them tight so there's pressure on the neck when storing a guitar?
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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by oc chuck » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:36 am

For the definitive answer
please read these threads;

viewtopic.php?t=50784

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=74366&start=15

viewtopic.php?t=80009

viewtopic.php?t=24259

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1201&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

viewtopic.php?t=32120

viewtopic.php?t=111262

Well, you asked.

IMHO, for storage in a well insulated place detune one full turn
and no very humid or very dry locations.

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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:09 pm

The synopsis of all those above articles yields no definitive evidence that any storage prep is better than any other. Just store it; it will be fine.

Travel prep on the other hand shows clear evidence that slackening the strings a bit prevents "slap back" neck damage if the instrument is dropped flat - this happens mainly by airline baggage handlers. But travel was not your question. :D
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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by David Gutowski » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:33 am

oc chuck wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:36 am
For the definitive answer
please read these threads;

viewtopic.php?t=50784

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=74366&start=15

viewtopic.php?t=80009

viewtopic.php?t=24259

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1201&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

viewtopic.php?t=32120

viewtopic.php?t=111262

Well, you asked.

IMHO, for storage in a well insulated place detune one full turn
and no very humid or very dry locations.
Thanks so much for the references and I'll check them out.
Hope you have a nice holiday,
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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by David Gutowski » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:35 am

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:09 pm
The synopsis of all those above articles yields no definitive evidence that any storage prep is better than any other. Just store it; it will be fine.

Travel prep on the other hand shows clear evidence that slackening the strings a bit prevents "slap back" neck damage if the instrument is dropped flat - this happens mainly by airline baggage handlers. But travel was not your question. :D
Thanks for the heads up on storing guitars...appreciate the input.
Hope you have a nice holiday season,
David V. :casque:
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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by Ramon Amira » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:10 pm

Actually, in all the fifty-six short stories and four novellas, Sherlock Holmes never once said " Elementary my dear Watson."

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Re: Elementary my Dear Watson...guitar strings

Post by Zen » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:30 am

I would venture that full tension during storage poses no risk to the instrument, as it’s designed for that load. In other words, if string tension was going to damage the guitar, it would do so regardless of whether stored or not. An engineer one told me that steel bridges, in the absence of corrosion, would theoretically last forever. This seems relevant to the question of string tension, as materials, whether steel or wood, have their given properties, and a bridge or a guitar can either handle its design load or not.
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