Best Acoustic Guitar: Do Guitar Necks Warp If All Strings Are Removed?

I’ve restrung my acoustic guitar many times over the years. Whenever I’ve done it though I’ve always removed one string at a time- cleaned the frets, restrung, moved on to the next etc

I know some people prefer to remove all the strings at once though and then clean the neck. Does doing this really warp the neck or damage or guitar?


  1. Shelby says:

    It doesn’t damage mine when I do it.

  2. Mike says:

    Its the restringing that can damage the neck rather than the removal of all the strings. When you restring make sure you alternate from Low to high strings so that the tension on the neck remains constant, also don’t fully tighten the strings to start off with.

    So what I’m saying is put on the Low E first, Top E second, A Third, B, 4th, then the D & G.

    When all the strings are on and under partial tension, tighten them up alternatly in the same order you put them on and roughly tune the string (don’t worry about getting it bang on at this point as they’re going to go out anyway).

    Once they are all at the approximate pitch, pre strectch them if you want to and then carry out your normal tuning procedure.

  3. josh m says:

    The neck of any good guitar is cut in such a way to minimize warpage. I prefer your method for the ‘just in case.’

  4. OnTheRock says:

    The biggest issue with removing all the strings at once is that the nut could fall off if it’s loose and the saddle can fall out of the bridge slot. It won’t really hurt the neck to remove the strings for a few minutes while you clean the fretboard and restring the guitar. I always change mine one at a time and I’ve seen that advice given, but I doubt it would do any serious damage to the neck. Replacing a low string, then a high string, and alternating is probably a good idea as someone else suggested.