Stripped Truss Rod

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by reel big bassist, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist Guest

    Mar 27, 2000
    Wasup Everyone,

    About a year and a half ago I had my bass teacher adjust the action on my bass. When he went to adjust the truss rod, he used an allen wrench that was to big and stripped the truss rod.

    The action of my bass is ok, but I know it could be better. Is thier a way to Adjust the truss rod once it has been stripped? If not, I was thinking of buying a Warmoth Neck.

    So is it possible to fix, or should I buy a new neck.

    Greg P

    P.S. My bass is a 98 Fender MIM Jazz Bass.
  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Why don't you just adjust the action at the bridge saddles? I don't understand why people adjust it with the truss rod. It's a lot easier and much less hazardous than cranking the relatively fragile truss rod.
  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    From your description, I gather that the threads on the truss rod itself are not striped but rather the inside of the allen head of the truss nut. You should be able to remove that nut and replace the truss nut without buying a new neck.

    There are several methods of removing a stripped nut. It may be that you simply use the larger allen key and remove the nut. It is possible that the nut will remove easier than it tightened. Once the nut is removed, just take it to a shop and get yourself another one just like it.

    Take an allen wrench that is slightly bigger than the stripped out allen hole. VERY GENTLY tap it into the hole with a hammer. This should set it tight enough to remove the truss nut. A dap or two of grinding compound (if you happen to have some around) will help it stay in there snug, but it isn't needed.

    Remember, rightie tighty, lefty loosy!!!!!

    Don't try to tighten that one. Take it off and get another nut along with the correct wrench. Then you just screw the new truss nut onto your existing trussrod and you are set.


  4. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    And if it really is the thread that is stripped, it is probably in the truss nut.
    The nut is usually made of brass, which is softer than steel and thus breaks first.
    It may take some effort to remove it, and then you have to check/clean the threads of the rod before you put the new one in.
  5. Intrepid


    Oct 15, 2001
    For one make your teacher pay for it or at least give you free lessons for awhile
  6. RAM

    RAM Guest

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Adjusting the action at the saddles is the correct method of adjusting action. However, if the neck has too much or too little relief, this cannot be adjusted at the saddles. It has to be adjusted with the truss rod or by putting shims in the neck pocket.

    My guess is that reel big bassist's neck needs adjusting as well as the action. I'm sure his teacher wouldn't have adjusted the neck if it didn't need it;)