So, how much adjustment can the truss rod actually pull off?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by steve42, Feb 13, 2014.


  1. steve42

    steve42

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    I have two basses. My original is a Dean Edge IV (about 10 years old) that I bought from an individual in 2010 as a part of a bigger buy. I learned on that bass and always liked the tone.

    I noticed a couple of years ago that the neck seemed to be twisting just a bit. I was probably offsetting that for a while because I used a wall hanger at home, so the body weight was likely helping reduce the twist effect. My wife bought me a 3-guitar stand and took the wall hangers down when we remodeled, they never went back up.

    About the time I bought my Epi EB-0 SG bass, I put the Dean on the rack with plans to work on it later. Now, I finally think I have time to do it, so I have to ask... how much impact can truss rod adjustments have on a neck twist?

    Steve
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    Zero impact, unless you have 2 trussrods.
    Minor twistings can be corrected with a fret planning.
    Big ones can be compensated by reprofiling the fretboard and refretting.
  3. RSBBass

    RSBBass

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    What Jazz Ad said. A truss rod is for adjusting relief. A twist is a real pain.
  4. BassKnuckle

    BassKnuckle Supporting Member

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    +1
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  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    also, a twist has nothing to do with being hung up on a stand or not; the tension from the strings vastly outweighs the body mass.
  7. bswag

    bswag Not a Real Bass Player Supporting Member

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    If you've ever wanted to practice repairs on a POS instrument- well, I'm afraid you've got one now to play with!
  8. Turnaround

    Turnaround

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    As in:

    Body mass: ~10 lbs.
    String Tension: ~175 lbs.
  9. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it. Supporting Member

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    This. I've got 2 basses and a heavy guitar hanging up in my living room. Never had any issues in the necks on any of them.

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