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avsalesman

Australia

'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Aug 8th, 2016 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Any ideas for counteracting HNS? You know the type. Neck takes a plunge when you let it go. Yes I know some guitars are just balanced badly but when you have to make it work, what can you do? What did you do?

Peegoo
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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Repeat
Aug 9th, 2016 07:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's what the guitar's handle is for :o)

Use a leather strap with a real leather suede backing. The suede grips your shirt and the neck has less tendency to dive.

firebird6024

Mukilteo

Plausible Deniability Is all I need
Aug 9th, 2016 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Linky to how to

avsalesman

Australia

'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Aug 9th, 2016 09:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks much appreciated!

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Aug 9th, 2016 11:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Any ideas for counteracting HNS?"

two words...

Les... Paul ;^)

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Aug 10th, 2016 12:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At least on a bass, I've had some success with installing small lightweight tuners.

pombrio
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Aug 10th, 2016 05:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What Peegoo said. Leather strap with suede backing.

I bought a nice Levy 3.5" wide leather strap with suede backing from FDP sponsor Sweetwater. Yeah, 3.5" is a little wider than most guitarist usually get, it's more common for bassists. But the wider strap helped in 2 ways. It offered more surface area for the suede to grip on my shirt to prevent neck dive AND it helped disperse the weight of my guitar nicely since I have ongoing shoulder issues.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 11th, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Slinger Hip Strap and with judicious location of the mounting hardware, avoid any neck dive.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Aug 11th, 2016 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I use a Slinger Hip Strap and with judicious location of the mounting hardware, avoid any neck dive."

AND you can do the spinning guitar thing à la ZZ Top!

Sorry... not helping...

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 15th, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually have one of those spinner things. It's still in my junk box. One of these days. The Slinger strap isn't one of them. It goes around your waist and is meant to attach to the bottom horn and butt end of the guitar.

I use Dunlop flushmount strap locks, and put one under the horn...under where the neck pickup is, and the other at the butt end. I put the front mount about where the guitar or bass balances.

It is a wonderful strap. No weight on my hurting shoulders. Freedom.

As I told my brother in law, "My shoulder and back doesn't hurt, but my pants fall down."

I could no longer play without it.

In high school, I used a similar Fender waist strap due to a shoulder injury. I remember it was $14 in 1968. When my current shoulder situation came up, I looked for a modern, similar strap. Slinger Hip Strap came up. I praise it on a few forums.

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Aug 15th, 2016 03:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used acoustic style straps with the shoe lace type extension that goes around the headstock behind the nut. Planet Waves has a trick little set up that is quick release where on half stays on the strap and the other on the guitar. Made for acoustics without a strap button at the hear of the neck. Works on electrics.

What Peegoo says about the textured natural suede is very true as well. Wear a cotton shirt for best "grip"

slacker
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Hawkeye Country

Thread crapping is unbecoming
Oct 14th, 2016 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one guitar that did the neck dive. I sold it. Too many great guitars out there to play an uncomfortable one.

kart24
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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Oct 25th, 2016 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check out "Axe Balancer" on the net. They work great on SG's. I got one when I put together a super light P-Bass.

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