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I broke a truss rod on my first build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JKydd, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. JKydd


    Oct 27, 2016
    Kelowna BC Canada
    And it was easier to fix than I thought it would be.

    Miscalculated the depth of my neck pocket and made it too shallow. While trig to get the right neck relief I put way too much pressure on the rod and snapped the welds holding the nut on the rod.

    On the plus side I was more worried about my glue joint holding.

    Half an hour with an iron, a hammer, and a putty knife I got my fretboard off and now I'm waiting for a new rod.

    Added a pick of her shortly before adding my electronics then breaking her. 16179094_10155058227988933_4449141160852172893_o. 16177797_10155058344478933_2650983749435562082_o. 16177931_10155058360083933_5494581871502129389_o. 16177851_10155043511533933_5535554696409329017_o.
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  2. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Mesa, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    So if I read that right, you broke it trying to adjust it?
    Regardless of the pocket issue... were you adjusting it while still tuned to pitch?

    Best practice is to de-tune the strings first... AND with the body held between your legs, physically bend the neck a bit in the direction you are trying to go to help the rod not have to work so hard. Only adjust in increments of an 8th of a turn or so... re-tuning it between each adjustment to check your progress.
    Then you should still stop short of your final destination to let the neck settle in... the rod is still putting pressure on the neck & you can't expect the wood to take shape instantly, when a drastic adjustment is desired.
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  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    +1 to @Rôckhewer 's comments. This is a common practice, apparently, and potentially disastrous, as you discovered. Use the rod to hold the neck in the right position, and not to move it to that position.

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