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neck bending problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Basswou, Jul 12, 2001.


  1. Basswou

    Basswou

    Apr 15, 2001
    Belgium
    hello there ,

    I have a problem . a serious one . my Ibanez started to bend
    meaning ; To get a normal string pressure I can only tune a low C or lower . If I tune a bit higher to a normal E the neck
    starts to bend ,way to much !! Is there something I can do about it ? any help is welcome ,thanks!!!
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Take it to a good service tech as it's impossible to diagnose it over the net.
    Or return it if it's still under warranty.

    Good luck!
     
  3. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Which one of your ibanez basses has this problem?
     
  4. Basswou

    Basswou

    Apr 15, 2001
    Belgium
    my sdgr
     
  5. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Have you tryed adjusting the truss rod as you tighten the strings?
     
  6. Basswou

    Basswou

    Apr 15, 2001
    Belgium
    No , is this a safe possibility ? and how do you handle this ?
     
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Moved to setup.
     
  8. Cat

    Cat

    Apr 5, 2000
    Penn State
    i hope this isnt a bad omen for things to come with my soundgear... [​IMG]
     
  9. Basswou

    Basswou

    Apr 15, 2001
    Belgium
    I guess mine is app. 4 years or older .
     
  10. Chances are your trus-rod may be messed up/broken. If you've never adjusted your trus-rod, then do.

    It's totally all rite to adjust it, you're not gonna break it that easily. Sparingly of course during the adjustment. And if the trus-rod is broken, bring it to a luthier and get it changed.

    Good luck
     
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Truss rod, you mean? Yep, take it to a tech and get it adjusted.

    BTW, to everyone about the soundgears: I TOLD YOU SO! :D:D:D
     
  12. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Well I have a '96 SDGR fiver and have found that simply hitting the top of the neck near the headstock will stop any fretbuzz usually. I've never had to conventionally 'adjust' the truss rod... I've set the action up pretty low and it's ok so just trying hitting the back of the neck with the flat of your palm near the first couple of frets. Ony try it as a last resort though!!! I cannot be held responsible for any breakages occuring due to my suggestion :)
     
  13. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    What you are describing is an impact adjustment.

    It's not what I would recommend as a repair procedure, though.

    Pkr2
     
  14. Cat

    Cat

    Apr 5, 2000
    Penn State
    is it normal to have to adjust the truss rod after a few years or is that the sign of a poorly made bass?
     
  15. poor setup by the store i'd say...

    although it's perfectly possible that the truss-rod loosened by the vibration...
     
  16. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Necks naturally bend when the weather changes.(ie. the humidity). It generally has nothing to do with it being poorly made. Some people adjust thier necks every week, while some don't adjust it till it becomes unplayable.
     
  17. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Id take it to a person to do it the first time and watch them very closely! Learn from them and the take the wrench a nd feel it after thay do it and after a few years of doing it your self you will relize were it should be! I adjust mine once a season!