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Telecaster truss rod setup

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by miguelbass, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. miguelbass


    Jan 13, 2011
    I have a 1977(ish) red telecaster bass from a friend. The bass is a bit worn and the neck has a lot of relief. I turned a bit the truss rod clockwise - right tight)
    However it doesn't seem to do any visible effect. I don't want to overdo it... Meanwhile I remembered to ask here if Anyone had similar troubles with the telecaster neck. am I tweaking the truss rod in the right way or are the telecasters any different?

    Thank you all!
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    First, how many turns have you made?

    How much relief? It may take a full turn or more to get it in line.

    The nut might be compressing the wood. Release tension from the rod by pulling Back on the head then tighten. Get someone to help if you need.

    You also said it doesn't seem to be making a difference, are you measuring relief so you know for sure not guessing?
  3. miguelbass


    Jan 13, 2011
    Hello. Thank you for replying. I didn't do more than one turn so I followed your advice and loosened the truss rod. Then I started tightening and the truss rod now seems to respond better. I am measuring the relief now and it's a bit lower than I had before. I am not with the bass now but tomorrow I will tighten a bit more. I will report later. Thanks for your help!
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Loosening it first is a good thing but I also mean you should BEND the neck back to move it where you want it, then tighten the nut to hold it.