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Thread #61758   Message #994646
Posted By: Mudlark
31-Jul-03 - 08:21 PM
Thread Name: Loose guitar strings?
Subject: RE: Loose guitar strings?
I've had a McSpadden dulcimer for nearly 30 years, only play it sporadically and leave it hanging on the wall...and have never loosened the strings. It seems as sound as ever. On the other hand, my handmade classical guitar, which I rarely play any more, has a very thin spruce top. When it's in it's case for months at a time, I loosen the nylon strings, not to protect the neck but to keep the bridge from warping the top. The thin top gives this instrument a beautiful tone, especially in the low ranges, but it does seem fragile.