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Should I adjust the truss rod on my new Corvette 6?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Frank Martin, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    My Corvette Standard 6 LH arrived at last a week ago - and im very happy about it, except for two things: weight and setup.

    It was already set up at the factory, but the dealer altered it, so when i got my hands on it the strings were quite high - and I like low action.

    So, naturally, i started adjusting the bridge (why do they have to make it this complicated?) and the Just-A-Nut 2 to get lower action. And then it started buzzing - not just at the frets closer to the head, but even more beyond the 12th fret, on all strings! so i had to put the string action higher, but there is still one thing: with tapping I get a naughty dissonant sound - that means the fret-to-nut part of string is so high that it too begins resonating...

    I compared the neck to my other bass' neck and that was flatter - so i think I will have to adjust the truss rod... but you know that that can ruin a neck... so what should i do now?
  2. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    congrat's on the Corvette Lefty, i have one too - does your warwick neck dive??? just curious.

    as to the neck adjustment, just do a 1/4 turn a day - that's the safest way to do it!

  3. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Well, I had to go yesterday and while away I was thinking and decided to flatten it - it was a hard decision... and a bit hard-going at first. I spent three hours setting it up: I did three 1/8th turns, then loosened the strings and, after not seeing much change, I put it back into the bag to stabilize. today, as I took it out, it was much better - but it is still not perfect... well anyway, thats better than was...

    Oh, and thanks, nojazzloco! :) yes, mine has a bit of a neck-dive, too, but not too much: it doesnt like being angled upwards, it usually stabilizes at horizontal. The problem now is that I cant find a short (for slap) and comfortable strap anywhere... oh well