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Do I need a truss rod?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by hipstarr, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. hipstarr


    Jul 24, 2007
    The Netherlands
    I've just started making a EUB from Sapeli mahogany en wenge. The body and neck are one piece of mahogany, the fretboard wil be wenge.

    The neck will be 43 cm long and about 5 cm thick, consisting of 3/4 mahogany and 1/4 wenge.

    I read here: http://www.cyrguitars.com/ElectricUprightBassProjectPage.html

    that the guy that build it, won't be using a truss rod in the future.

    Will this also work for me? I hate putting the rod in without ever having to use it

  2. DavidRavenMoon

    DavidRavenMoon Banned

    Oct 20, 2004
    Real upright basses don't use them, but they have fairly short necks.

    That neck looks pretty long. He talks about never having to adjust it, but how old is the bass? Climate changes affect the neck also.

    I'd play it safe and install a truss rod. You might not need it, but what if you do?

    I'd also install some graphite bars if I was making it. They help get rid of dead spots.
  3. hipstarr


    Jul 24, 2007
    The Netherlands
    bytheway this is the plan....

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