truss rod

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by HalfPlayer, Jul 19, 2013.


  1. HalfPlayer

    HalfPlayer

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    I was wondering how hard is it to break your truss rod
  2. David Jayne

    David Jayne

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    If you have average strength, you can do it fairly easily. Why?
  3. ridethespiral

    ridethespiral Supporting Member

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    It will certainly fight back before it breaks. If it's fighting back, STOP!

    Also when tightening the truss rod, I like to loosen the strings and put the bass on the ground between my legs holding the body with my feet and use my knee as a fulcrum while pushing on the headstock. This will allow you to tighten the trussrod without the trussrod doing the actual work.
  4. HalfPlayer

    HalfPlayer

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    Not that I want to break it but I am going to be adjusting it for the first time and I want to be careful
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  6. Lo-E

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    If you're nervous about it, loosen it by a quarter-turn first. That will give you a feel for how much friction you should feel. When you tighten it back up a bit, if you feel considerably more tension that that, stop.
  7. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

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    If it squeaks, stop. That is the same sound (different pitch) that tightening a lug nut makes when changing a tire. If that sound is unfamiliar, it might be best to take the instrument to a professional and ask them to do it while you watch.
  8. Hopkins

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  9. ridethespiral

    ridethespiral Supporting Member

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    You can't remove the nut from a two-way action trussrod, just something to keep i mind

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