1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Basses with no trusrods????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Broach_insound, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. Broach_insound


    Jan 25, 2005
    New York
    Whats the deal with basses with no trussrods? How do you adjust your action? I dont understand how they work can someone explain please?
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    With trussrod-less basses, you adjust the action with the string height.
    These kind are are, and for a reason. I only know of some graphite-necked Modulus basses that didn't have trussrods - but even some of those developed problems.
  3. Or Wishbasses, but, well...

  4. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    To quote Carl Thompson loosely, making a bass that cant be adjusted claims you've made the perfect bass, which no one has ever done. While most graphite necks will hold up fine without a trussrod, if they don't (and some don't), your SOL.

    Id personally never buy a bass without a trussrod.
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Well, I was thinking more along the lines of reputable bass makers...
  6. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Me neither.
  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    that's pretty good!

    I had a Steinberger 5'er without a truss rod, it stayed straight as an arrow..... even for a nearlyy 20 year old bass.
  8. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Your action (height of strings above the neck, up and down the neck) is determined by two things: the neck shape (relief), and bridge height.
  9. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    My Steinberger XL-2 has no truss rod. I've had it almost 20 years without the slightest hint of a problem. Never had fret buzz, etc. I agree that if it's not manufactured correctly, a neck without a truss rod would be unfixable. However, mine was made correctly, and is still as straight as an arrow.

    Sometimes I wish my Ric were as trouble free as my XL-2.
  10. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Usually, but not always. I've got 2 basses with fir necks. They have truss rods but don't need them. Interesting wood for a neck tho; the next one won't have a rod. It will be interesting to see how it affects the sound.
  11. chris h

    chris h Guest

    Jun 16, 2002
    Oxford, England
    Neither of my Vigier basses have truss rods. The fretted was made in 1989, the fretless in 1995 and they are spot on. One less thing to worry about!! :hyper:
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I believe early fenders had no trus- rods.