ESP truss-rod repair

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


  1. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    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

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    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
  3. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    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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  4. Immigrant

    Immigrant

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    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.
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  6. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    We're here to help...you do believe that, don't you Danny? Hope the project goes well.

    Riis
  10. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

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    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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