Fix for a neck-heavy hollowbody?

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  1. Mole351

    Mole351 New Member

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    Anyone have a good fix for this? I am going to buy a leather strap this evening but have read mixed results. Just bought a 2002 HB1 after selling another I owned last year...mainly because it was neck heavy. Realized I love that guitar too [email protected] much and will try to make it work...
     
  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I swear that I read somewhere on this forum, in the last year, a great fix for this. Of course, no amount of searching gets me there. IIRC, it was something like this;
    - Remove the top strap button
    - Buy a longer screw of the same diameter
    - find a 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch piece of tubing (you could use copper or brass - easily found at a hardware store) about the same size as the bottom of the strap button
    - remount in this order
    - felt pad
    - spacer tube
    - strap button
    - screw

    That should take care of your neck dive.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Google was my friend. Kind of like this, only prettier.

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  4. JustRob

    JustRob Zombie Six, DFZ

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    This guy dives like an Olympian, but a suede strap solved the problem.

    There was also some idea about putting some kind of lead weights around, or inside the jack, but I don't like to experiment on my guitars if I don't have to.

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  5. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Suede strap. They drive me nuts because they don't move!
     
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  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    C’mon, people. We all know the correct answer is “Clip one end of a bungee cord onto the guitar body end pin, and the other end to your shoe.”

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    run the strap out to the headstock like a protest singer.
     
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  8. Callan

    Callan hack guitarist..

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    I know the solution.. buy another HB-I and also a HB-II and then you'll have more data to say with authority that your current one is neck heavy. Until then.. are you really sure ?
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  9. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    You obviously haven't lost any picks into it yet, otherwise you wouldn't have this problem. :D
     
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  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Tie a really big helium balloon to the headstock.
    You can get really funky with the pictures on the balloon too.

    Dave runs away...
     
  11. grausch

    grausch New Member

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  12. JustRob

    JustRob Zombie Six, DFZ

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    You're right, it's a compromise.

    I can't do this anymore...

     
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  13. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Come on Les, you can’t risk having the strap come off. Hook bungee in the F hole. Geeez
     
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  14. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Ok...

    How can you even attempt that without strap locks???

    Why are they standing in the street? or on the sidewalk? or on a tile floor?

    Church guy was the best! LOL
     
  15. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    The good thing is that it's a hollow body - just fill it up with lead fishing sinkers. :eek:
     
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  16. Victek

    Victek New Member

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    Can you post a picture of the guitar? (not sure what a 2002 HB1 is)
     
  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Hahaha! Excellent idea.
     
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  18. Telemesa

    Telemesa New Member

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    I think the s
    I think the suede lined strap is the best way to go. Certain styles of guitar will exhibit different characteristics.
    I'm a long time SG player and I've heard plenty of folks complain about the neck dive. My suede lined strap helps that a lot, and like I told a friend, I never perform publicly without having at least one of my hands on my guitar.
     
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  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    To be serious for a moment, I once saw something called a Heads Up strap that has a pocket for weights at one end; it came with the weights that you’d add or remove to balance the guitar. I don’t know if the product is still on the market. If you google it, there are some mentions and videos.
     
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  20. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    The spacer/long screw option will put shear force on the upper horn and increase the chances of cracking the wood. Never tried a suede strap, but that sounds interesting!
     

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