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hex size???

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by freeridden, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. freeridden

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    Hello all,

    Bass: 2008 Fender American Deluxe Jazz 5v.

    I bought hex keys to adjust my truss rod, but none of them fit. I'm at the end of my rope.

    I have the following hex key sizes: 6mm, 5.5mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2.5mm, 2mm, and 1.5mm. None of them fit.

    Any immediate help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. freeridden

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    pic

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  3. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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  4. bodoger

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    Yep! those are 5/16" S.A.E.
  5. freeridden

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    I'm confused. 5/16 of an inch equals 7.9375mm. My biggest hex is 6mm and that is way too big.
  6. jeffbonny

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    You know from personal experience it's not 6mm, 5.5mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3mm, 2.5mm, 2mm or 1.5mm. That doesn't lead you to believe that even if it's not 5/16" it's an SAE size of some sort? US manufactured things usually are SAE.
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    96tbird Supporter Supporting Member

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    Hmmm OP could be a Canadian youngster. These kids up here these days don't know what a mile is let alone sae fractional measurements.

    You know, like asking a kid if he knows what a cassette is.
  9. jeffbonny

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    True. I forget that sometimes. Still anyone with instruments should own both metric and SAE Allen wrenches....
  10. freeridden

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    Not sure if you are making fun of me or insulting me, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. Yes, I know that the hex keys I have do not fit. I just really want to know what size it is before I spent 2 hours going into the city centre to find a shop that sells the right hex or at least will let me use it to make a quick adjustment.

    Thank you.
  11. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    You need SAE wrenches. Not metric.
  12. jeffbonny

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    I was giving you a bit of a hard time for going about this the hard way but not with the intention of insulting you. For the amount of ****ing around you're doing here just go buy a set of Bondhus SAE ball end hex wrenches. They'll last decades and you'll never have this problem again. Any decent auto parts place will have them or something as good like Allen or Eklind in the same $15-$20 price range. Problem solved.
  13. Pilgrim

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    If you are going to make these adjustments, you need a full set of:

    1) Metric hex wrenches, and;
    2) SAE hex wrenches

    Just get sets and you'll be ready for whatever comes your way. Buying individual wrenches is a waste of time and energy.

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