Tech Tip:Problems With My Guitar Neck
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.