Fix for a neck-heavy hollowbody?

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  1. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    I have a couple of neck diver models. To me its not a big deal. It doesnt affect playing or sound. It only occurs when you release the guitar completely.

    A well balanced guitar is a nice thing, not an important thing.


    Anyway, you can always sit down and play. Michael Houser and Bob Fripp always did.
     
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  2. bluenova

    bluenova Electrified since '84

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    Bwaaaaahaha!!!! :) I liked the guy who got stabbed in the back with the flying V. :D
     
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  3. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Great video....Had me was cracking up!!! LOL :D:D:D
     
  4. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    DITO! Toooo Funny !
     
  5. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    That would be the least obtrusive fix, certainly done well!
     
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  6. Antmax

    Antmax New Member

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    You can always change the tuners. They are one of the biggest factors where only a small change in weight can make a big difference because they are at way up at the top of the neck where weight has the biggest impact.

    Search for the lightest tuners that do what you want. If they have metal buttons, find compatible buttons made from plastic or wood. I put some Grover mini locking tuners and replaced the heavy tuner buttons with coa wood ones. That made a huge difference on my Ibanez. The tuners are at least 30% lighter and made all the difference.

    I hear hipshot tuners are designed for universal fit without drilling new holes. They have open tuners without casings which might be lighter than the ones I got. They seem quite popular and have different buttons available for them which can be bought separately.

    I'm thinking of trying those on my semi hollow PRS SE Zach Myers.

    How much does your hollowbody weigh? My semi is about 6.5 lbs and is light enough that I use a really comfortable 2.5" wide suede banjo strap. It's thinner and softer single layer of suede compared to the equivalent guitar strap. Here'a the banjo strap on my ZM.

    Grips really well while being extra soft and supple so it conforms really nicely to your shoulder. I removed the plastic clips and made my own holes at the ends.
     
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  7. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I stand when I gig and at practice, but I tend to always have a grip on the guitar in one way or another - if not holding the neck with my left hand, then the right arm is somehow holding the body. So even with my HB, I don't experience neck dive.
     
  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Actually burst out laughing because the guy was wearing a cycle helmet, but had forgotten his body armour!:D
     
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  9. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    Sounds like you're a fellow-mountain biker.

    If you're stupid enough to try this, use a guitar with nice rounded edges and curves - stay away from V's, BC Rich's, Dimebag models, etc. Oh, and as stated previously, use straplocks!
     
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  10. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I keep thinking about the point hitting the dudes kidney and his “ooh” expression on his face. Can’t stop laughing (tears!):D
     
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  11. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I have hipshot tuners on all my SE's. They're great. My old EGII had headstock dive and ginormous chrome tuner buttons. The buttons came off, wood ones went on, end of problem.
     
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  12. Victek

    Victek New Member

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    Sorry, but I have to disagree. I've had guitars that didn't balance well and I got tired of having to compensate for the constant neck dive. For me it was reason enough to sell them. One reason I really like the SE Custom 24 is it hangs perfectly.
     
  13. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Try these (tire weights) inside the control route. Or stick them on the back side of the cover.
     
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  14. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    weights! if you want a heavier guitar, rout it for a third pickup and put in an invader. and solid brass knobs.
     
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  15. walrus

    walrus New Member

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    On my Hollowbody Spruce, the ebony tuners weigh just about nothing. No neck dive issues. I'm using a PRS "paisley" strap with the nylon backing, I love the guitar to be able to slide around. Can't stand "non-sliding" straps.
     
  16. Mole351

    Mole351 New Member

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  17. Mole351

    Mole351 New Member

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    Thanks all. The leather strap (suede inside) certainly makes it better. Also thinking about the tire weight as well.
     
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  18. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    had a custom 22 in that silver sparkle, yours is better.
     
  19. bodia

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

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    Sweet! Dig the color.
     
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  20. Mole351

    Mole351 New Member

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    Thanks!
     

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