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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice needed, going through my first summer

Well, I bought this RG1570 new in March and this is the first summer I have to take care of her. I didnt pay much attention to temperature and stuff with my previous guitars but I've almost created a microclimate in my room for this one It can get to about 100F (38C) during the day (outside) and I try to be with the AC on during most of the day to prevent extreme temperatures from reaching the guitar.

I check the action at least once a week to make sure the neck has not suffered a foward or backward bow, and it has not changed but at first glance (looking from the bridge) it looks like it has a bit of front bow.

How do you check if the neck is (excessively) bowed foward or backward? Because the "looking from the bridge method" sounds kind of unacurate ( and that's why I check action but I'm not sure if that's accurate either).
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

I always sight down the neck from the nut, not the bridge. Works the same either way. Best way to check your neck relief is to fret the 1st & 24th fret at the same time and measure or observe the gap between the strings and the frets. Pay attention to what fret shows the most gap and reference to that area each time you check the relief. That way you will notice any twisting or abnormal bow. I wouldn't worry too much. Maple is fairly stable and the prestige 5-piece construction should be pretty solid.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

Yeah. I use the same spot all the time to check the action. And since that didnt change I really didnt freak out..

I had a GRG170 before this and the neck was so warped that I've become paranoic about it really..
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

Personally think that as long as you take normal care of your guitar, keeping it indoors, no direct sunlight (brittleness), the normal string tension combined with the neck truss rod will keep your neck true through any gradual (seasonal) temperature changes. Keeping A/C on all day is overkill in my opinion.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

If you sand the finish on the back of your neck, you should expect to see more seasonal changes. With hot wet climates, it's more important to keep an eye on the neck. With maple necks, generally the first couple years are the most important. If a new neck doesn't suddenly warp, it more than likely wont.

I bought an amazing handbuilt acoustic modeled after a 60's martin D18. Turned out he didn't put enough clear on the guitar to seal the pores of the mahogany. The guitar literally cracked in half during its first winter.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

I didnt know that the maple neck got stronger after a few years. Like the wood settles?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Re: Advice needed, going through my first summer

I wouldn't say it get stronger. If the neck is going to bow, It'll show up early on and usually not a result of climate but the wood itself.
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