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Neck Truss Rods (vintage vs contemporary) and their influence on sustain.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by citizenkane, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. citizenkane


    Feb 7, 2009
    How much does the Vintage Truss Rod (head side adjustment) affect the the sound (sustain and sound clarity) of my MM Stingray compared with the comprmporary ones. Is it quite noticible?
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  3. citizenkane


    Feb 7, 2009
    Benefits of the vintage truss rod

    * Light weight-minimum mass
    * unique tone-replicates vintage tone
    * inexpensive to manufacture
    * least torque required for adjustment


    * requires frequent adjustments with seasonal humidity changes
    * compression of the wood lengthwise causes eventual wood distortions (lumps and bumps in the fretboard)

    Benefits of the double expanding truss rod

    * Extremely stable, no seasonal adjustments are necessary
    * Increased mass = longer sustain, cleaner and clearer notes
    * No end to end wood compression to eventually distort the neck


    * Double the weight of vintage rod
    * More torque required for adjustment
    * More expensive to manufacture

    DO YOU AGREE? If so, how much can you HEAR a difference?

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