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Cheaper to fix truss rod or get a new neck?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Zane DeBord, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. Zane DeBord

    Zane DeBord Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2014
    Brubeck Institute
    Hey all,

    I have a mim fender jazz with a stripped truss rod nut, and I have no idea if the truss rod even works anymore. Does it make more finanical sense to get it repaired, or find a new neck for it?
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm saying new neck unless you can repair it yourself
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  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    IMHO... unless you can uncover a few threads on the rod (or cut a few new ones, see the Stew-Mac Truss Rod Rescue kit) or something relatively simple... get a new neck.
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  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Fender necks are cheap enough to replace. Got my Mighty Mite neck for $110 new from MF.
  5. I have an American Jazz in which the truss rod is maxed out, a tech told me just no when I asked him if he could take it apart and fix it, by that I assume it's quite a job and expensive.
  6. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    The fretboard has to be removed, and in most cases is destroyed in the process and a new fretboard has to be made for it. Usually not bothered with unless the bass is neck through. Geddy Lee didn't have his '72 neck fixed, he slapped a CIJ sig neck on it and went on tour, then later had the custom shop build him a neck.
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  7. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    This. If it is just a stripped nut, perhaps there is hope. A maxxed out or busted rod itself is another story.
  8. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    It makes sense to get it properly diagnosed by an expert so you have facts and real world costs to compare versus worry-induced hypothetical scenarios.

    To put it in perspective you could buy an entire MIM jazz bass on the used market for the cost of a new replacement neck with a new nut and a fret level & dress. You may be able to find a used MIM neck online but that comes with its own set of risks and additional costs even if you know what to look for.
  9. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    It's more likely that the truss rod nut is stripped than the truss rod itself. A new truss rod nut is inexpensive, so it might be worth replacing that first - it may fix your problem with little outlay. If the new nut doesn't work you aren't out a lot of cash. If you are unsure about this course of action I recommend taking the bass to a good tech and get an estimate to fix it.
  10. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Work from the simple to the complex.
  11. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Halethorpe, MD
    There is also a thread here about a tinkerer that knew no better and found a way to replace a 'head stock adjustment truss rod' from the heel that actually worked rather well.