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Fender Jazz Bass Bullet End Truss Rod Removal

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J Hud, Sep 16, 2010.


  1. J Hud

    J Hud

    Feb 18, 2006
    DFW
    Hi all. I have a Fender Marcus Miller Jazz. The truss rod end receiver "bullet" is stripped. Does anyone know the best way to remove it. The obvious route, via a pair of needle-nose pliers, isn't getting it done.

    I'm thinking about drilling a small hole through it sideways and inserting a slim metal rod to use to turn it.

    Thoughts?

    Any ideas on a more straightforward method?
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    when i had my repair shop, i used that method before and it works great.
    i also used to have some oversized allens that were slightly tapered that i used try first.
     
  3. J Hud

    J Hud

    Feb 18, 2006
    DFW
    Thanks for the validation. I can't think of a better method of removing it.
     
  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Unless you're really steady and good with a drill, way to risky the drill bit will slip and you'll stab the headstock.

    I have screw extractors that would fit in the original hole and get out.
     
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    whenever i had to do it, i notched the area where i drilled it first with a dremel grinding bit, and then drilled it, since the rounded chrome surface can be very 'slippery'.
     
  6. J Hud

    J Hud

    Feb 18, 2006
    DFW
    Yeah, I planed on hitting it with a tap to form an indention to seat the bit into. I'll be doing it this evening, so we'll see.
     
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