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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

    Jan 24, 2013
    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

    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

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    What Jazz Ad said. A truss rod is for adjusting relief. A twist is a real pain.
     
  4. BassKnuckles

    BassKnuckles Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2013
    New Orleans
    +1
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    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.
     
  6. bswag

    bswag One of its feet is both the same Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    If you've ever wanted to practice repairs on a POS instrument- well, I'm afraid you've got one now to play with!
     
  7. Turnaround

    Turnaround

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Disclosures:
    Bass Technician, Club Bass - Toronto
    As in:

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

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    Feb 4, 2013
    Ventura County
    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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