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Thread: Will keeping ukuleles in tune when not being played warp the neck?

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    Question Will keeping ukuleles in tune when not being played warp the neck?

    Hello, I have a number of ukuleles and some don't get played very often. I do rotate playing them depending on the circumstances or how I'm feeling that day, however.

    Is it bad to keep all these ukuleles in tune even if not being played for a length of time? None have steel strings. They are sopranos, concerts, and tenors. Thanks.

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    I have nine tenor ukuleles and play them from once a week to once in 2 or 3 months. I leave all in tune and don't have a neck problem with any of them. The nylon/plastic strings don't have anywhere near enough tension to cause that.


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    I've never de-tuned any of mine when putting them away, & haven't had any troubles so far after 4 years, so I reckon it's OK to leave them tuned up.
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    My concert has been in its case for months without playing. Pull it out to play, its fine
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    You may need to retune if you’ve left it unplayed for a long time. Even in a case, slight changes in temperature and humidity can get through. But completely detuning is necessary probably only if you’re shipping it or taking it on a flight.
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    Cool, just wanted to confirm. Thanks everyone! 👍

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