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G400 Trouble... Need some help.

#1 User is offline   TripolarTX 

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 12:47 PM

I have an SG (G400), which everyone here knows is a very neck heavy guitar... which makes it harder to play in live situations. Does anyone have a quick fix for balancing out the weight distribution without having to drill new holes in the body?
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 01:06 PM

you could try a weight on the base guitar strip lock

But other than that unfortunately the only other option is to place the top strap lock on the left horn section (I had a g400 with that mod already added)
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 01:29 PM

I use a wide suede backed leather strap on my g400, it grips my shoulder well enough to avoid neck dive.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 01:31 PM

I use a 2" wide leather strap and have no problems with neck diving.
Get yourself a wide leather strap. Use the rough side on your shoulder.
That should help a lot.
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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:24 PM

I had the same issue and my guitar tech had two solutions. One was a wide suede bottom strap, which did the job. He also mentioned he used one of the ankle weights that women use for workouts. you simply wrap it
on the lower end of the strap. They usually have some sort of velcro closure. He said it worked for him on another neck heavy guitar.
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Posted 24 January 2011 - 11:03 AM

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The solution I found for my former neck-diving G400 was to replace the full-size, stock Grover machines with Kluson vintage-style tuners. It's NOT a straight swap, because your have to fill the old screw holes (using round toothpicks. See DIY Lounge) and drill new ones. You'll need the "bolt" version NOT the "press-in". The Grovers are a great tuner, but they are HEAVY. I swapped out mine for the vintage look, but was very surprised to find that it corrected the neck-diving. I picked up 2 sets of TonePro-Klusons from an online vendor. One set for the SG400, the other for my '56 Goldtop. Couldn't be happier.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:05 PM

Another very simple thing to do is to tape a counterweight to the inside of the control cavity cover. This has worked out perfectly for my Vintage G-400.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:41 PM

View PostBarcham, on 28 January 2011 - 02:05 PM, said:

Another very simple thing to do is to tape a counterweight to the inside of the control cavity cover. This has worked out perfectly for my Vintage G-400.

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Hey, I like that & wouldn't mind trying it on my g-400! What are those weights under the tape & how much do they weigh? Thanks in advance
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:48 PM

Thanks a million for all the suggestions! I've purchased new tuner-heads (it was time for the old Grovers to go anyway, the tuning problems I'm having are ridiculous) and i'll get back to you and let you know if that works. If not, the counterweight idea seems fantastic! Great ideas! Again, thanks.
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 09:05 AM

View PostDMC59, on 28 January 2011 - 02:41 PM, said:

Hey, I like that & wouldn't mind trying it on my g-400! What are those weights under the tape & how much do they weigh? Thanks in advance


To be honest, I've never removed the tape to find out! I picked her up used and the previous owner had set things up like that. The tape is heavy duty plastic and everything is pretty well balanced out so I haven't messed with it. When I get a chance, I'll bring her in to my office and weigh everything out properly.
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