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Bullet Truss Rod - love it or hate it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BeeTL, Jul 21, 2012.

Bullet Truss Rod - love it or hate it?

  1. Love it

    48 vote(s)
    53.9%
  2. Hate it

    17 vote(s)
    19.1%
  3. No opinion

    24 vote(s)
    27.0%
  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial Seller

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Disclosures:
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    It's always been a personal favorite, even though it represents the post-Leo CBS era.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I like it. It looks cool and provides easy access to the truss rod adjustment. However, I am eager to see why people dislike it.
     
  3. flewis

    flewis Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    +1
     
  4. PlungerModerno

    PlungerModerno

    Apr 12, 2012
    Ireland
    looks good, more importantly doesn't need a neck removal for relief tweaks. Also means you can get the correct hex and see if it doesn't match (and if there is lacquer in the way, which can make it a pain).

    Considering the effort needed to get a stripped truss rod nut out... Bullet all the way. I don't have one so it's not a deal breaker for me. But it's not a bad idea.
     
  5. Works well on my '75 Tele bass. Like it myself.
     
  6. TinIndian

    TinIndian

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    Obviously it has better access, but I hate the way it looks. Always have. Destroys the look of the headstock. IMHO.
     
  7. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial Seller

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Disclosures:
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Part of the reason I like it is that I come from the "more chrome = better" school.

    Also, I think it looks better than a hole or truss rod cover on tilt-back headstocks.

    :)
     
  8. THORRR

    THORRR Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    I never liked the "look" - it has an unfinished appearance,
    like a loose screw - like it needs tightening down so it can fit back in the hole.

    That said, it's actually a pretty practical design that gives
    good access for making adjustments.

    :cool:
     
  9. The truss rod nut, easily the most critical adjustment on your bass.
    Why would you...

    Bury it down in a deep hole where you can't see it.
    Make it difficult to insert the proper wrench to adjust.
    Allow to fill with grit, grime, dirt, sweat, beer, spit, and other crap.
    Make it almost impossible to remove if it gets damaged.
    Put it where you have to remove the neck to adjust the neck.
    Need a special ball-end T handle tool to even turn it.
    Cut a hole in a beautiful pickguard to access the nut.
    Make it very difficult to reorder the proper replacement nut if needed.

    Yes, the bullet truss rod nut is a great idea. Do you think anyone will use ?

    Rocky
     
  10. THORRR

    THORRR Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    Yoh - - - ROCKY -
    I think you just about nailed it!
    No . . . you absolutely NAILED it!

    :cool:
     
  11. CORBS

    CORBS

    Dec 28, 2010
    I didn't even realize it until I read Rockys post but yeah, external truss rod nuts make a lot of sense. I never realized how much I hate the regular ones.
     
  12. bobalu

    bobalu

    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    One of the best innovations that Fender ever came out with. You just can't argue with functionality. It just works.
     
  13. It's a good design.
     
  14. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial Seller

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Disclosures:
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I'm hoping I can make it work with a tilt-back headstock.

    Easy TR access, no cover or string tree.

    :)
     
  15. I think it looks great on telecasters, but wonky on everything else. I definitely recognize the practicality, though, so I voted "love". Huge improvement over having to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod.
     
  16. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial Seller

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Disclosures:
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Well, I can do the bullet on a 0-degree headstock, but not a tilt-back.

    I'm pretty psyched.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. skychief

    skychief Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    South Bay
    Agree.

    But the audience couldnt care less if the truss rod pokes out a half an inch from the headstock.

    Trust me. ;)
     
  18. Anybody think one of those would fit on a Squier VM Jazz? (the natural finished one) That's the only detail left to completley give my VM J that proper 70's aesthetic. I see where BassPartsResource has two, one an actual Fender one, and some unnamed aftermarket brand.
     
  19. cfsporn

    cfsporn

    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    Are there any non aesthetic reasons why people don't like them?
     
  20. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    Ohio
    I like Fender basses to have the truss rod adjustment thingie at the headstock. They tend to rattle on the other end...and I can hear it. Not cool.
     



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