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Truss Rod adjustment cutout?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 343 Salty Beans, Jul 18, 2013.


  1. 343 Salty Beans

    343 Salty Beans

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    Welp, I've got a slight conundrum. I have a WD Music BEF fretless neck. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do a cutout to adjust the truss rod. I don't want to have to take the neck off every time I want to adjust the truss, and it's underneath the bottom of the fretboard. How would you folks suggest going about this? My only other bass has kind of a a quarter-sphere concave cutout, but the fretboard isn't extended like on this neck.

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  2. mrbell321

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    Do you plan on ever plan on playing that very last fret? You could remove at least part of that fretboard....
     
  3. noiseguy

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    How often do you expect to adjust the truss rod?
     
  4. 343 Salty Beans

    343 Salty Beans

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    I've thought of that, but I'm still not sure how I'd even go about shaping that cutout.

    As far as how often I feel I would need to adjust it, I honestly don't know. I set my fretted bass up every 9-12 months, but I can't imagine needing to set up a fretless very often after the initial setup, but it seems like a hassle to have to remove the neck to adjust it. Are there a lot of fretless basses like that?
     
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  6. bigmoosepi

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    Removing the neck is easy if you stick a capo on the first fret. Loosen strings, pop off the 4 bolts and it's off, takes less than 2 minutes.
     
  7. 343 Salty Beans

    343 Salty Beans

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    Ok, so this is a standard thing for some basses? Just seems odd to put the truss adjustment where it's inaccessible. If that's the case, I just won't make a cut and leave it as-is. Thanks!
     
  8. mrbell321

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    semi-standard.

    Some basses have the truss rod like this, and I agree, it's silly.
    Other basses have the truss rod where it's useful. :)
     
  9. Floyd Eye

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    I wouldn't do that. Taking the neck off the bass to adjust the truss rod is a PITA.
     
  10. 343 Salty Beans

    343 Salty Beans

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    But the question is, how often will I need to adjust the rod on a fretless? If its once a year, I'm willing to not potentially screw up the body for a long cutout.
     
  11. P Town

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    I don't think I would ever need to make use of the finger board up that high, and so I would just remove that part of it.
     
  12. JustForSport

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    "Some basses have the truss rod like this, and I agree, it's silly.
    Other basses have the truss rod where it's useful."
    But some people insist on 'silly'.
     
  13. Ironfingers

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    In my experience these people are usually from a strange land called Marketing. I don't know where this land actually is, but I do know it has no connection to our physical plane of reality.

    I feel like you kind of have only 2 choices. Remove the end of the fretboard and route an access into the body, or take the neck off once a year (or possibly less) to adjust it. Pick whichever one annoys you less... :)
     
  14. Beej

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    You might need a pretty deep and long access route to get to that nut - I'd probably just leave it and take it off when it needs adjusting using the capo method. Pretty common, albeit cumbersome way of doing things...
     

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