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To adjust now or wait?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Casting Thunder, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I've been noticed for a few months now that my bass' neck is warping just alittle, since it's still completely playable with no fret buzz I haven't bothered messing with the truss rod. I'm about to change strings and wondering if now would be a good time to adjust or just wait.
  2. worxforme

    worxforme Self Actualized Bad Speller

    Dec 10, 2009
    LAnsing MI
    I do it when I change the strings, so I would.
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    adjust it when it's off.

    if it gets out of line again later, adjust it again.

    not a big deal.
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Anytime is a good time to adjust the truss if you feel you need/want to.
  5. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    I'm curious... if you believe the truss rod on your bass could use a small tweak... what would the reason be to not do that small adjustment?
  6. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    I just have "If its not REALLY broke, don't fix it" on a loop in the back of my head. Plus I'm abit nervous about messing with truss rod for the first time. But I know if I go slow enough nothing will happen, and there isn't anyone I'd trust besides myself to make said adjustment.
  7. Now that is sad AND scary at the same time.

    You might not know anyone locally whom you trust, but there are many competent people out there. It's not a big deal, but trusting yourself - who has never done it before - over everyone else is...
  8. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always puts some stank on it Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Adjusting a truss rod really is not anywhere nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. Your neck won't snap in half, you wont break your mothers back. Just go in and adjust it and you'll be fine.
  9. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
    ugg, just managed to snap the A string...will revisit the truss rod in afew days when I have a full set again.
  10. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    As always, I suggest you loosen it a quarter turn or more and then tighten it back up the sane amount. This way you get the feel of the pressure it takes to tighten it and you know that you are safe because you are just turning it back to where it began. You then have experience. Reads up on how they work and then you'll understand how to prestress the neck to allow easy tightening.
  11. Swipter


    Sep 7, 2009
    I took one of my basses to a shop to set it up, paid the money and got it done. What did I learn? That they did not know what they were doing or wanted something different from me. Now I set my own basses up. No big deal.