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Truss rod tool for wheel?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StuartV, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    My EBMM Sterling needs a truss rod tweak. It has a wheel at the base of the neck. It did not come with any kind of tool for turning that wheel.

    Is there a special tool I should get from some where?

    I have a bunch of different sized hex wrenches, so I know I have one that could be fit in there, but I'm afraid the corners of the hex wrench will make marks in the wheel holes.

    I'm pretty sure I also have a screw driver that would fit, but I think all my screwdrivers are also hex shaped. And even if I have a round one, unless it's the exact size of the truss rod wheel hole, it still seems like it could booger it up.

    My Sterling is a Limited Edition and all the hardware is gold, including the wheel, so I really don't want to scuff it up or booger it up.

    Help?
  2. Stone Soup

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    I use a tiny phillips screwdriver.
  3. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Stone.

    And it doesn't make any kind of mark in the hole or make the hole start to wallow out?
  4. spade2you

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    I somehow got one with one of my Peavey Millennium basses and I cling to it for dear life.
  5. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Aha! Now that you mention it, I knew I had adjusted a wheel like this before, but couldn't remember which bass it was on. Yes. My Millennium is the one. But, I don't have the special tool for that one, either.

    So, do you know if the tool for the Peavey is the same size that is needed for an EBMM?
  6. Yango

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    Even on the EBMM site, they recommend using a small screwdriver. That's the beauty of their system—you don't need a special tool—you can use anythig that will fit in the hole. It's brilliant.

    I use a small phillips screwdriver, I also have a 2 1/2" nail with the point cut off, that I keep in my gig bag. Both work like a charm.

    ...But I'm certain if you search long enough, you'll find a specialized tool for only $60.00 that will do the same thing...
  7. wvbass

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    I thought the advantage of the wheel was that you didn't need a special tool.
  8. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    I have used a hex wrench on my Peavey before. My Sterling, being a gold-plated LE, I am a tiny bit more concerned about scuffing it up - particularly, the gold plating.

    I know I can DO it with a hex wrench or screwdriver or whatever. I just figured if there is a tool that is round and exactly the right size for those holes, that would be the least likely to leave a mark.

    I will scrounge up a round barreled screwdriver to use. I've got a crap-ton of tools, I'm sure I must have one somewhere that will work.

    Thanks, guys(?)! :)
  9. mjac28

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    Wrap tape around the metal part of the screwdriver.
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Good call, mjac. Thanks!
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    When I got my MM years ago, the EB site said to use a nail. :eek:

    Strangely, the first one I dug up was a perfect fit. I blunted the point and have kept a few handy in the bench cabinet.
  12. spade2you

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    I think so. I recall using it on my Sterling when I briefly had one.
  13. Bobster

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    The Ray35 I owned came with a chrome rod about 6" long and about 1/16" in diameter.

    That worked great.

    Bob
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  15. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    I own a circa 2000 SR5, which has the same finish. I've cleaned the neck with Murphy's oil soap, then sanded and refinished the neck, per a video EBMM put out a while back. Made the neck feel better, but that neck, compared to pretty much any other neck I've played, needs adjusting all the time. It was my sole bass for a long time, and I thought it was normal, but it's just ridiculous. Any change in atmosphere or weather would cause the neck to change. It may have only been a small amount, but it was still there.
  16. HeavyRockBasser

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    In an industrial setting, I've used a pin punch for this type of application. I don't have an EBMM but I'd imagine it's probably something like 3/32" or 1/8". These are about $3-4 if you want to get fancy. You could use a drill bit to size it, if this is the way you want to go.

    Otherwise, the nail would probably cost all of five cents at the hardware store.
  17. neptoon

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    i was going to suggest teflon tape
  18. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Interesting. I was thinking maybe it's because the wood is not sealed like a painted neck.

    But, I checked my Peavey Millennium, which has a solid birdseye maple neck and fretboard, and the finish has the same feel as my Sterling (i.e. almost like bare wood). The Mill and the Sterling has been side by side from CA to VA and hang side by side in my office. Where the Sterling action became fairly high since I moved to VA, the Millennium neck appears to have not moved at all. Even more surprising considering what I've read from other people alleging that birdseye maple is not a great choice for a neck because it is "less stable".
  19. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    I think you're right- the EBMM necks are essentially unfinished, and are more susceptible to changes in weather. Mill necks are probably finished in satin/matte polyurethane, which feels just as good as the EBMM neck, but keep the adjustments to a minimum.
  20. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    Another Score +1 for US-made Peavey! ;)

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