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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stickk, Mar 28, 2009.
Well, do you?
Do you want the neck to be straight or adjustable?
Unless high end, yes
There have been some graphite and mutli lam wood necks that did not have a traditional truss rod that would maintain a fixed position.
Correct, and even some of the graphite necks "fail". You only need a trussrod if you want to be able to adjust the neck. I dont know do you NEED a steering wheel on your car?
It's not so much about adjusting the neck- it's helping the wood to provide stability against the force the strings are exerting on it.
Uprights don't have trussrods.
Do you need an adjustable bridge? Do you need pickups with adjustable screws? Seems to be a simplafarusimp thread.
Even if all necks were graphite, I'd still want to have some flexibility to adjust it to my usual feel. Living in an area with very humid summers and bone dry winters, the ability to adjust the truss rod is pretty important.
My son's upright had to be exchanged for another due to a warped neck that made it unplayable.
I have a couple of Silvertone/Danelectro basses from the early 60's that have a nonadjustable metal bar trussrod. None of them have ever had any neck issues or require seasonal adjustments. All my other instruments have adjustable trussrods and need seasonal adjustments.
My Warwick needs a new truss rod.
Wishbasses don't have trussrods by default.
Whatever that's worth.
True, but an eb with a neck that thick would be pretty uncomfortable. Not to mention neck heavy.
A truss rod is one of those things you may never use, but it's a really good idea to have one.
Just like a prophylactic, if you needed one, and didn't have one, I bet you'd be pretty pissed.
The long contact of the fingerboard of an EB also lends itself to more expansion and contraction.
Hold a Louisville Slugger in your lap, anchor one end against your leg, and with your other hand, try and bend the bat. That's why Wishbasses don't need trussrods, they are so freakin thick. I think at last count, after over 1000 made, Wish claims something like three have had necks fail. My 6 WB's range in age from 1 to 5 years, the necks don't move, it's a matter of mass. Truss rods are a must in most normal size necks. Even though I didn't have to touch the rod on my 69 Jazz bass for about 30 years, when I did, I was glad it had one
If the neck is stout enough and made well then no, a truss rod isn't needed.
Here's a late 1960's Kent without a trussrod, straight as an arrow and fun to play:
My Zon doesn't have a truss rod, I have had it for over 10 years and the neck hasn't moved.