Is Neck Bending Bas For The Neck??

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bassist 4 life, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. Hello fellow TBers

    I've seen Billy Sheehan do it, and now I use it to bend harmonics that are not distorted. Is neck bending bad for the neck, will it break/damage the neck or truss rod?

  2. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    If you do it too hard/often it can be very bad. I do it too, and as long as you keep it in moderation it's OK.
  3. ladros2

    ladros2 Guest

    Jun 2, 2005
    his bass has a two bolt neck to make neck bending easy and ok on the neck.
  4. mmhmm...

    So anybody else now about neck bending and how bad for the neck it is?
  5. well on his dvd he says himself his bass is no different than any other and that you can do it with any bass, so what the man says goes IMO

    ps billy rocks :bassist:

    although i wouldnt do it all the time
  6. done in moderation it shouldn't do any harm. as long as you're not bending it past what it can take. i would imagine you would probably know if you bent it too far....
  7. Alrighty, thanks alot people =D!
  8. NoisemakerD-Lux

    NoisemakerD-Lux Guest

    Oct 12, 2004
    That sure would be embarrassing snapping the bass in half during a show, though.


    Billy rules.
  9. Fretless5verfan


    Jan 17, 2002
    Though i bet no one would dare say anything to you for fear of being snapped in half themselves :p :D
  10. I tried neck bending on my wishbass and the thing would just NOT MOVE! seriously..

    as a rule, I don't neck bend...strings bend a lot easier than necks and are a whole lot cheaper...don't bend your neck...bend your strings...
  11. But string bends only go up in pitch. Sometimes it's nice to end a song by doubling the sound of light tremolo use by the guitarist.
  12. You can always start the note bent up... if you have lighter strings you can bend especially far. I know it's not the same thing as the neck bend, but it's better than nothing.
  13. djcruse

    djcruse Guest

    Jun 3, 2002
    Norwood, MA
  14. Pilbara bass, your neck doesnt bend :s you just push it back and forth....

    those tremolos look interesting.
  15. The_Ryst

    The_Ryst Guest

    Feb 21, 2005
    Goldsboro / Raleigh NC
    Yeah you don't want to damage the truss rod...