What to do with Neck while body is being refinished ?

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  1. TomH8

    TomH8 Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a vintage fender that I’m sending the body off to get refinished (don’t worry it’s been refinished already). But the neck has never been touched. I’m a little worried about leaving the neck without tension for 4-6 months (estimated timeframe). Any recommendations? I’ve been keeping the humidity at 45% in here. Anything else I should do or not worry ?
     
  2. Martins Strat

    Martins Strat Strat-O-Master

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    I'd consider taking the tension out of the trussrod but other than that it should be fine. Sounds like it's survived for plenty of time already!
     
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  3. drex123

    drex123 Strat-Talker

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    wouldn't you want to keep the tension on the trussrod?

    I wouldn't overthink it - just keep the temp and humidity stable and obviously out of sunlight.
     
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  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Put it away in a cool dark place until you need it again.
     
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    The truss rod exists to counter string tension. No strings, no need for truss rod tension. The neck could back bow. If left that way for a long time it may be hard to get it back where it needs to be.

    @TomH8
     
  7. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Guitartist Silver Member

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    I had a neck stored for many years with no changes at all. Installed it again in 2021 for a few months. Needed an 1/8 turn of the truss rod and all was fine.
     
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  8. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Are you serious?!?!?!?! :eek:

    How does this help anything?:p:rolleyes:
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  9. AngeloEvs

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    I would probably reduce the truss rod tension slightly and store the neck in the guitar case, having said that, I purchased a second hand Strat Neck that had been stored for some months and It did not need the truss rod adjusting once I had fitted it. Been in use for two years and absolutely fine.
     
  10. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I've never done anything special with any Fender neck I've stored for long periods. I've had them in cold closets, warm basements, boxed or leaned up against wall, and find the otherwise unused space under the couch will accommodate a whole row of them. Pull one out, get it to room temp, screw it on, and tweak the truss rod during set up, if that's needed.

    I've got a Squier Strat SE neck and a new Fender Classic Player 50s Strat neck in the coldest spot in the house, right now.

    Ignore Internet speculation about what might happen to them if unproven, imaginary issues happen.
     
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    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    Agreed. I keep necks in my garage, temp and everything fluctuates year round. Never had any issues.

    Since this is a vintage neck, I would probably keep it inside the house though. To be safe I guess.
     
  12. wooders

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    Already said, but adjust truss rod to keep straight and put it away somewhere where humidity will be relatively consistent. Personally, I would check on it every now and then to check it's straight still and adjust if not.
     
  13. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Completely slacken the truss rod and put it away in an interior closet.
     
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  14. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I slacken the trussrod, then just barely engage it

    That's it, it will be good for decades
     
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  15. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    I wouldn't. As ibdrkn1 said, the truss rod was adjusted to counteract the string tension, so without strings, I loosen mine until it's just down to zero tension.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    When you open a brand new Fender neck box, the new neck has maybe one thread of engagement

    Fender knows it may be years before the neck is installed

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    Use it to hit some fungos to the kids in the sandlot.

    TP
     
  18. archetype

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    Extra points for your use of "fungo."
     
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  19. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    So what's the story on the refinish -- what was it before, what will it be after?
     
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  20. BuffaloHound

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    Vintage neck is like 1997 or earlier?