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checking if trus rod is broken?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dadodetres, Feb 13, 2006.


  1. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY
    luckily i never dealt with a broken truss rod....

    but if someone is selling me a bass, how can i ckeck if the truss rod is not broken?
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    if it was broken the neck would be extremely curved . Just check if the neck is somewhat straight.
     
  3. Theonestarchild

    Theonestarchild Artfully lost

    Aug 23, 2005
    North Carolina
    That's not truth. It could be poor adjustment. If a trussrod is broken, there should, by all likelyhood, be no pressure on the adjustment nut. Make an adjustment and see if you get pressure.
     
  4. Shiveringbass

    Shiveringbass

    Aug 21, 2005
    France
    Hey there,

    One of my bass has a trussrod that didn't move at all. I've tried one way and then the other, but nothing to do, not a single movement...
    What does it means ?

    Thanks

    Sheers

    Shiveringbass
     
  5. dadodetres

    dadodetres

    Dec 19, 2004
    URUGUAY
    thanks everyone!


    so, if relief is good (or semi good) means that the rod is fine?
     
  6. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Not necessarily. I played a Carvin B5 with a broken truss rod and it was playable. The relief was a little out of spec, but not much, and the action was a little high, but playable. Certainly within the range of what some players like. I attribute that to the graphite rods, but I could be wrong.
     
  7. Shiveringbass

    Shiveringbass

    Aug 21, 2005
    France
    The nut is indeed fozen... I'm sure you could try to turn it with your two arms and that would not change, the thing won't move at all...
    :(

    Thanks fo your help
     
  8. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Does it not move in either direction?
     
  9. Shiveringbass

    Shiveringbass

    Aug 21, 2005
    France
    If my memories are good, I've been able one time to tight the rod but since, nothing.
    The bass is a Ibanez ATK 305.

    Thanks

    Sheers