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Need some help with OLP truss wheel

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Philthy, Oct 4, 2017.


  1. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    Ok, so this is weird. I removed the neck from my OLP to lube the truss wheel as it was hard to turn. Mind you it was butted up against the heel. I removed it, lubed it with vaseline and then tried to screw it back on. But now it does not screw in all the way. It sticks out significantly. See the attached pic.

    Any idea what could be going on here?
     

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  2. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    Arizona
    I don't have an answer for why exactly it is stuck, but I don't think Vaseline is the best choice for lubing this as it does tend to collect dirt and dust...
     
  3. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    @Josh Kneisel thanks for the tip about the vaseline. I'll take that into consideration
     
  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Halethorpe, MD
    The truss rod is now hitting the wood, preventing the nut from threading on straight. You are going to need to put pressure on the neck to move the rod away from the wood so the nut can screw on properly instead of cross threading. I agree about the vaseline, either use graphite (very very little, it wants to get everywhere), or a silicon based dry lube of some sort, again less is more.
     
  5. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    @sissy kathy how do i do that? Pressure on the middle of the neck simulating forward bow?
     
  6. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    Here's another pic with the wheel off
     

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  7. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Halethorpe, MD
    With that second picture my first post seems to be incorrect, but yes, lay the neck on a firm flat surface and apply pressure around the 7-8 fret that should move the truss rod end away from the wood enough to let you thread the wheel on properly.
     
  8. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    @sissy kathy thanks for the tip. What is incorrect now that you've looked at my second pic?
     
  9. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Halethorpe, MD
    I was expecting the rod to be closer to the wood than that, but the thickness of the wheel comes into play as well.
     
  10. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    I don't understand how it was fine before and now its not. Is it possible the rod moved forward? Its not rattling.
     
  11. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    UPDATE: So I tried something based on a suggestion on another forum. I removed the neck, slacked the truss wheel and tapped the headstock on the floor (carpeted) while pushing the truss rod in. It actually moved back. I can butt the wheel up against the heel. However, when I tighten the wheel, then loosen it the rod seems to move back out. I go to tighten it back up again and the wheel sticks out again.

    Does this mean the truss rod needs to be re-anchored? Which would require removing the fretboard?
     
  12. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    It sounds like this is the case
     
  13. Philthy

    Philthy Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2001
    Flanders, NJ
    Great! :rollno: So, can a fretboard be removed and reattached without having to do a refret? I've quickly looked up on these boards how to remove a fretboard. Steaming with a clothes iron seems to be the easiest.....although I've never done this before.