truss rod wrenches
i've seen specialized ball-end ones, like these:
and regular allen keys, like this:
i'm not a full-time repair man but i do setup my students guitars and basses fairly regularly, i was considering the one from amazon for $30 or so.
would you use those to adjust your truss rods? any other recommendations?
I also want to start doing my own setups but don't know what wrenches to get?
just started setting up my basses 2day actually. i just went to ace hardware to get;
a feeler gauge (.008 mostly for setting relief), a set of allen wrenches, a metal 6" ruler
that has 32nds & 64ths and an 18in. straight edge. i used to go to Carl Pedigo "the bass doctor", he is kind to give us this video demonstration and a great dude!
oh, for part 2 click bass setup at the top
Cool thanks Dug
StewMac's tools are top notch and I would highly recommend them. However, you can find long shaft ball-end hex wrenches just about anywhere.
my question is primarily about ball end VS straight rods.
i've always used straight ones, but had single wrenches here and there. i'd like to be more properly equipped (in my teaching gig bag) to work on students guitars for them.
i know how to do a setup, i've been doing my own for ~10 years now. i've just never had a full set of tools, sadly enough!
i ordered the ernie ball set, mostly because it comes in a neat little case that i think will fit in my gigbag i bring to work.
So what size do I need for Fender basses?
Also, buy American made wrenches, not cheap ones from you-know-where.
If looking for a specific Allen-Style hex wrench, you may want to check out "Tacoma Screw" and inquire as to whether they ship outside the Pacific Northwest. These guys rock! They sell single hex wrenches, SAE or metric. If you desire ball-ends, the Bondhus brand they carry will be a bit more pricey, like a few bucks!
Grainger sells single-sizes as well, but in packs of 10, though not expensive, either.
PB Swiss makes excellent, (and expensive) Allen wrenches in Switzerland.
an update for this thread-
i got my "ernie ball musicians toolkit" yesterday.
it may seem stupid, $30 for basically a set of wrenches pliers and a screwdriver set, but i'm so happy i got it.
i was able to do a full setup on: two of my boutique basses, my USA fender, a jay turser beatle bass copy, a squire guitar, and my Godin 5th ave guitar.
it comes with those ernie ball wipes, which i doubt i'll use, or if i do i wont replace them, but that little pocket is a perfect place for a spare battery.
the one thing it doesn't come with that you need for setups is a tuner... obviously for string changing, intonation, ext. but i doubt anyone getting into doing their own setups doesn't own a tuner...
highly recommended. here's the link i bought mine from:
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