Tech Tip:Problems With My Guitar Neck

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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.


Ginger Horvath; Reno, NV


Q: I have a problem with my guitar neck, it looks like it is bent up in the middle and the notes are sounding muted and dead. What should I do? Is the guitar fixable?


A: Most guitars have an adjustable neck and can be adjusted by turning a truss rod that runs through the middle of the guitar neck.


A guitar neck should have a slight curve inward in the middle of the neck to allow the notes to be fretted without muting. If your neck is curved up you definitely have a problem.


A neck adjustment is not something that you should try on your own. I suggest that you bring the guitar to a qualified guitar repair person. There is a risk of harming the neck permanently if it’s not done correctly.