Truss rod nut won't move... RIC content
Hey guys, apprciate some help!
I have a 2011 RIC 4003. In the spring, I had a tech do an adjustment of the truss rods on the bass. All seemed fine.
As my band was taking the summer off, I kinda did the same and didn't touch the RIC for about 2 months. (I know, bad me!) I pulled it out of it's case the other day only to find that the bass had gone into back-bow. I had to assume that the summers humidity had affected the neck.
So, I thought, I can give the rods a quick adjustment, lower the rod tension a 1/4 turn and let it sit. The low side of the neck's rod nut turned easily, the high side nut turned slightly then just locked right up. As a matter of fact, it won't turn at all, either way.
Could the rod threads need some lubrication? That's my first thought.
Any advice prior to me once again getting a tech to have a look?
I've got a 2010 4003, and have never had that problem, but I would think that a dab(on a toothpick end) of WD40( I like the Dupont Teflon non stick dry film lube), or 3in1 or such and then try a bit harder to loosen the nut, would be fine. Even a tech is going to have to loosen the nut. Unless the 1st tech took the nut off the rod; then it can't be cross threaded all of a sudden. I would give the nut a bit more strength trying to loosen it. It has to move at least a small amout back, as you already moved it once.
I took it to a tech today and he managed to get it to back off! Using a nut driver as I did, he used a spanner wrench on the handle of the driver to get more torc and it worked.
Thanks again for the help and next time I run into this, I will know better!
Glad it all worked out for you. I didn't mean my post to sound like. Hey man I've never had that problem so I hope you didn't read it that way. Enjoy your Ric now.
StewMac's website has great advice for such problems as mentioned here. They mentioned heating up the wrench head or screw driver end. The heat transfers to the truss rod nut causing it to expand and making it easier to turn.
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