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Hey, everybody!

I have an old classical guitar with a fairly thin neck that is bowed. I'm planning to set it with fingerboard facing down supported by the nut and the place where the neck joins the body, then strap some weights to the middle of the neck, enough to create a significant back bow, and leave them for several weeks.

Any other advice that won't cost me much money? Neither guitar is worth major surgery (like shaving down the fretboard and refretting, having a luthier remove the fretboard to install a truss-rod, etc.)

Anyway, this place is cool!

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How long has the bow been there? Is it playable? I'm not a luthier, so take this with a grain of salt, but all of what I know about guitars and have read about neck stability suggests that your guitar is stuck that way -- unless it's a seasonal variation, or it's under abnormally high string tension and might go back into place with lighter strings. If it's actually warped that way, it's due to internal stresses in the wood relieving themselves over time, and I would expect it to go back to the way it is now after the weights are removed. The heat method in your link seems to be relying on the fretboard to oppose the stress of the neck. But hey, again, I'm not a luthier, maybe I'm totally off the mark. You might get better advice on a guitar forum. I guess if the guitar is unplayable as is, and is cheap enough to not be worth putting money into a fix, it can't hurt to try. Good luck, let us know how it turns out.

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