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ESP truss-rod repair

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by xhawk5, Feb 1, 2014.


  1. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    Hi folks. I recently got a really nice ESP C-305 in and the truss-rod socket is somewhat stripped.
    I've tried hex 4mm and it skips, 4.5 doesn't go in. SAE: same thing. I was able to get it to turn, but very little due to the stripped socket.

    Ok, I was thinking on stirring up a dot of JB weld, squeezing it into the socket, then inserting a 4mm hex key (covered in silicone lube so it can be removed easily after hardening).
    Will this work?
     
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Is the nut removable or is it the "fixed" jobby you find with a dual-acting rod? Either way, here's a couple thing that may work:

    *Take a 4.5 hex key and gently grind some material off each of the 6 aspects. A dremel tool is great for this.

    *In extreme cases, I've used a burr bit and cut a slot across the nut to accommodate a flat head screwdriver.

    Riis
     
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  4. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    I need to look closer at the socket. I guess it should be removable, not sure if this bass has a dual TR. Probably not.
    Will try the 4.5mm trick first. Thank you.

    Anyone else?

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  5. If you can tighten it a little before it slips, loosen it while you still can and find a suitable replacement. There's been so many threads here about completely mangled TR nuts that folks can't remove, if I ever have that issue I'm replacing it ASAP.
     
  6. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    It still moves and is adjusted perfectly. I was just looking for a solution to a possible future issue. Thx for the info.
     
  7. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    Ball end wrenches work well. I am with Immigrant, it is worth while to replace the nut. When it is of clean and lube the threads with a dry lube.
     
  8. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    WooHoooo... got it off. Now to find another. Wow, that was alot of work, and I didn't mangle anything! :)
    Thanks for all the advice guys, I probably would of never thought to replace it.
     
  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    We're here to help...you do believe that, don't you Danny? Hope the project goes well.

    Riis
     
  10. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    The nut came loose, but I found out it's a dbl-action rod. Nut will not come off unless the board is removed. Ugh. So the seller took it back and refunded me my money. Too bad, it was a nice bass.
     



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