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Should a guitar's neck be parallel to the body or at an incline/decline?

It may look funny, but this is not an indication of a bad setup. Necks may be shimmed or set at a slight angle to achieve the proper action. Check if you have buzzing on any fret and if the action ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

This is why I highly recommend learning the scale by scale degrees rather than simple box positions that don't show any of that data. Knowing your note names is also important to know where your tonic ...
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Length-wise crack in acoustic guitar neck - cause for concern and possible fixes?

I'd be inclined to leave it as it is. Especially if the tuning is stable. Keep an eye on it - measure it every 3 months or so. Just maybe, I'd take it to a luthier for a check, but not worry about it. ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

For E minor (for example): -------------------------------------------------------14-15-17/19-20- -------------------------------------------12/13-15/17---------------- -------------------------------...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Many folks think it's a rather simple operation of just tightening the nut on the truss rod, but actually it is recommended that the neck be clamped in a jig that causes the neck to be bent backwards ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

I see now in the comments that the OP has now mentioned a specific, special guitar, and @leftaroundabout has answered with the appropriate information for that guitar. This is answer is applicable to ...
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Shapes of guitar necks

It really doesn't matter what it is called. As Tim points out, even if you find a C profile, it may be of a particular radius, or a variable radius. You may prefer a D in a wide radius, but a C in a ...
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Any difference in playing with C-shaped and flatter neck - Electric Guitars

Probably not. The line on necks like this is that thinner and flatter necks are "faster". I don't know about that, but with rounder fretboards, you can tend to "fret out" on more ...
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Any difference in playing with C-shaped and flatter neck - Electric Guitars

This is anecdotal evidence at best, but my experience is that you get used to whatever is in your hand. My first guitar that was actually mine and not borrowed was a Charvel (owned by Jackson as it ...
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Potential intonation problems by having a 0.5" difference between half scale lengths?

Building the guitar the way you describe would give you a string length of 25.5". The twelfth fret (for the high E-string) should be at half that: 12.75", so the distance from the bridge to ...
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Shapes of guitar necks

The only way to know is to experience playing them. Whilst there may be names for the neck profiles, hand profiles are more difficult to classify - although medical students may have some ideas... ...
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Is it possible to upgrade entry level guitar to a professional one?

Short answer: Yes, but... The first guitar I bought was a Peavey Predator, a bottom-of-the-line, budget Strat clone. Several years later I came across a good deal on Fender Custom Shop Strat pickups, ...
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F barre chord on an SG guitar

It's not the guitar. The F barre chord is usually a challenging chord for beginners on every guitar. Personally, I never play the F barre chord at the first fret and I've been playing for 25+ years. ...
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Bass scale length pros and cons

Very briefly: I reckon a shorty is way easier to play for those without huge hands, often lighter which is a bonus if you have long sets, and a well-chosen one can sound absolutely fine in most styles ...
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Should a guitar's neck be parallel to the body or at an incline/decline?

I would guess that, with this sort of guitar, the Fender-style bolt-on, you will have problems getting the action low enough. The height of the saddle itself will hinder your efforts. This was ...
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Sticker between neck and body on electric guitar

Every little thing can affect the way a guitar sounds and plays. If you are an experimenter you might choose to remove the stickers and discern for yourself the effect it has on the sound and ...
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Sticker between neck and body on electric guitar

Wood-to-wood contact is ideal. I seriously doubt the stickers are making a discernible difference in sound, but YMMV. If you do decide to remove them, you may find that the tilt of the neck relative ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

The truss rod in a guitar is for adjusting the neck relief, not a direct way to adjust the action. You can get slightly better action by reducing the relief of a neck that is set very deep, but there ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

The whole thing is made from carbon fiber, no wood at all Well, that's highly relevant. Most carbon fibre necks don't have any truss rod at all, because unlike wood, the stuff can never warp after ...
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When adjusting the neck of an acoustic guitar, what bending might be normal?

The three things that determine the height of a guitar's action are the nut, the saddle and the neck bow. Unless something else is wildly out of whack (like the the guitar's top lifting or the bridge ...
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tight truss rod

You should be very careful about pushing things with the truss rod. You can damage the neck and strip the truss rod if you tighten it too much. You might want to loosen the truss rod a bit, and try ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

One way to play the scales all over the neck is to practice the 5 shapes. Look at the 5 images on this page: https://eatsleepguitar.com/2014/03/20/the-foundation-pentatonic-diatonic-scales/ All the ...
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How to lubricate truss rod nut?

I just had the same problem, nut was just too tight to get the last quarter turn to get the neck straight. What seemed to work well was graphite spray. DO NO SPRAY DIRECTLY IN, AT, OR NEAR THE GUITAR....
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Electric guitar neck crack. Worth repairing?

Ask your local luthier to be sure. Honestly, it's the best way. By the picture, I can't tell what you're seeing as cracks. I am sure it's more obvious in person. I had an Ibanez acoustic with a Wizard ...
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Electric guitar neck crack. Worth repairing?

I'm looking at the picture and it appears to me the the wood grain is not oriented the same as a quarter sawn neck, thus indicating to me that the strength and stiffness of the neck have probably ...
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Fret Buzz on specific areas

If you're getting buzz only at certain frets and on certain strings then the problem is probably that your frets aren't level. This can happen because of fret wear, because the frets weren't properly ...
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Neck is bowed and truss rod cannot be tightened further

To add to the other answers, the truss rod really isn't for adjusting the action. The truss rod works against the string tension on the neck. To check the truss rod's adjustment you need to hold ...
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Play a scale across the whole neck of the guitar

Since you are just beginning, here is a very simple way to get you started: If you can only play the notes on one string, once you get to the 5th fret, all you have to do is subtract 5 from the fret ...
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