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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Finn, Feb 21, 2002.
Before I turn TRUss Rod, should I LOOSEN the strings? Is it important?
Yes. You certainly don't want to tighten the rod against the (considerable) pull of the strings. You're likely to strip the thread on the rod, the nut or both if you don't.
Remember to adjust the rod by small amounts at a time: perhaps by 45 degrees or 90 degrees at most. Retune the bass then leave the adjustment for a few days to settle, then adjust again if necessary. Repeat the settling time and adjustment as needed.
I'm not sure that's necessary (I've never seen any of the repair guys adjusting my basses do that). I would think it's enough to put some pressure on the headstock in the right direction to counteract some of the string pull while turning the hex nut. But then again I'm not a qualified luthier/repair guy, so please take that idea with a grain of salt.
Listen to John, he knows his ways. Right, Rocker?
And anyway, you will have to retune it afterwards, so why not detune? (And when you like your relief, you need to reintonate!)
Kind words, Sub'.....how are you, mate?
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