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Help!Truss Rod won't turn either direction

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by faulknersj, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    I have a 2001 Fender FMT V that has a stuck truss Rod. I have tried using force but it didn't budge. Any tricks or techniques I can try?

    Thank You!!
  2. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    Have you tried taking the tension off of the strings?

    Past that I have used penetrating oil with good results, but keep in mind if it touches finish or soaks thru the wood because to much got it there, it will leave a cosmetic issue
  3. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    yes....i took the strings off..but good point!! What kind of oils? WD40?

    Thank you!
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    A drop of a high quality penetrant in the threads for a day or two might help - I like Kroil or PB Blaster... You have to be careful not to get any into the wood that the nut shoulders up to - otherwise, you might soften it to the point of crushing, then you have another problem to deal with...

    Another trick is to heat up the nut with a soldering iron - again, taking care not to damage the surrounding wood...


    - georgestrings
  5. Selta

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    I assume it doesn't move if you tighten or loosen it?
  6. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    Yes or similar. If it has rust on it PB blaster works good

    The one i had the worst trouble with was almost completely froze. I unstrung it, oiled it just a bit, wait a few hours and try to get it to turn either way. If not, oil it again and try the next day. Took mine a week before I could get it to back out.

    Eventually what i did was remove the nut, put a small washer over the rod, greased the nut and reinstalled. Worked good then
  7. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    Exactly. It is just stuck.
  8. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    Ok cool! I'll give the oil a try. I really appreciate the help! Thank you!
  9. robobass

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    Also try bending the neck back and forth a bit with tension off.
  10. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    Ok..will do! Thank u. That would be great if that simple fix worked!
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    pbblaster saved my ass on a vintage jazz bass i bought off of ebay. wd40 did nothing
  12. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    Update....I got it loose and actually took it off and put it back on. now....how do i get the rod to back out so that i can have more tension if desired?
  13. KeddyLee

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    What do you mean "back out"?

    If you mean that the neck is still not good when the nut is as far as it can go then put a washer on first before you put the nut on. Quickest, easiest fix.
  14. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    That is exactly it! Thank you! Is there a standard washer size for a 2001 Fender Jazz?
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    The washers they sell at Drum shops for cymbals. Those fit, and work well.
  16. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    how do i get the washer around the rod so that the nut still attaches?

    Thank You!
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    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    With the proper washer(or 2 or 3), you remove the nut, slip the washers over the trussrod end, and thread the nut back on... It's not an uncommon procedure on older basses...


    - georgestrings
  19. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

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    Awesome!! Ya learn something new everyday! Thank you!
  20. SamanthaCay

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    Fyi, if you just try to drop the washer down onto the rod you may have a time trying to get it to land right although if you put the washer on a screwdriver or similar and use that to feed the washer onto the rod it makes it easy.

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