Truss Rod Access on Fender Am Standard P

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by adivin, Dec 21, 2012.


  1. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    I just got a 2011 Fender American Standard P and it needs a little more relief. This is the first bass I've had where I couldn't get to the truss rod adjustment. It would appear that I have to take the pick guard off to get an allen wrench on it. What a pain! I tried with an angled wrench and a long T-Handle wrench and it's no go. :confused:
  2. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy Supporting Member

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    That's odd...the wrench usually works like a charm. Do you have any pics?
  3. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    I can get to mine without taking the pickguard off.
  4. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

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    Are you using the Fender t-handle wrench that's made for that bass?
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  6. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    I don't have the exact Fender wrench. I tried a similar 3/16 T handled Allen
  7. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

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  8. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    Thanks, I'll order one. This has got to work.
  9. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

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    The wrench also works on most MIM basses and it also works on my Squier CV Jazz. Just handy to have.
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 on mexi's also using the 3/16", but not so sure about the CV squiers; most far east imports use metric specs, so you might be risking stripping out a 5mm hole with a 3/16" wrench.
  11. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

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    Walter, all I can tell you is that it works good on mine. I won't vouch for any others, thanks. I don't want to give out any incorrect info.
  12. Type-55

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    With my 2011 AM jazz I have to take the neck off to use the supplied Fender tool otherwise it chews up the pickguard. This could have been solved if Fender would have routed the access pocket just a little longer. Bad design period.
  13. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    I ordered the tool but have doubts. I tried a 6" ball end Allen and that would not get in there. This is jacked up
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  15. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    Pretty soon I'll have the finest assortment of 3/16 Allen's on the planet.
  16. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    i took a regular L-shaped 3/16" allen wrench and chopped off the short end just past the curve with a hacksaw; after cleaning it up, i now have a wrench that works better in american standard basses than any of these.
  17. Type-55

    Type-55 Supporting Member

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    Excellent idea.:)
  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    Was the PG ever replaced? I have a 2002 & a 2010 Fender & have not had the clearance issue.

    The T-wrenches work like a charm.
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    Yeah, I made one of those after reading a suggestion of yours about it - it definitely provides much more leverage than the Fender wrench... I made mine by using a cut-off wheel in a dremel - worked like a champ...


    - georgestrings
  20. adivin

    adivin Supporting Member

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    The Fender T hex got the job done.
  21. Type-55

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    Did you have to take the neck off to access the truss rod?
    I have to or the pickguard gets chewed up.

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