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Trus rod adjustment on Fender GL Jazz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Cygnus, Jan 12, 2004.


  1. Cygnus

    Cygnus

    Apr 27, 2003
    Quincy Ma.
    Does anyone know how I can get access to the trus rod on my GL Jazz? The headstock has no plastic screw on cover like my Washburn... Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. The Truss Rod is under the pickguard. You'll need to remove the pickguard to have access.

    Not a well placed spot, if you ask me. :meh:

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    Treena
     
  3. Cygnus

    Cygnus

    Apr 27, 2003
    Quincy Ma.
    Thanks Treena!

    I feel sort of silly now seeing as that's the only other place it could be. DUH!

    I agree with you, the headstock is a better place for the nut to be. It was quite a chore getting a tool in there, especially since the hole isn't routed out properly.

    One other thing. I went to smaller gauge of strings and now the D and G strings are a little loose in the nut. Is this ok or should I try to shim the nut with something?

    This is my first setup so I really appreciate your help.

    Thanks again,

    -Mike
     
  4. You really can't shim a nut in the sense of putting something under it to make it work. (Strings need to vibrate freely)

    You will need to "replace the nut" if the strings are binding and you can't carve the nut smooth or round .......so the strings can ring out freely......does that make sense to you??

    Your strings/nut should be fine.

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    Treena
     
  5. Actually, you may not need to replace the nut.

    You could get away with using a gel superglue in the nut slot, place some baking powder on it, and let that setup for an hour or so. Then you can refile the nut grooves as necessary.

    FishBulb
     
  6. Cygnus

    Cygnus

    Apr 27, 2003
    Quincy Ma.
    Thanks Fishbulb. Actually I think I'm going to leave the nut alone. I was just curious about it because the smaller gauge strings don't fill out the groove in the nut on the D and G. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong so I'm going to leave it be.

    Thanks for posting all the setup links Treena. After reading them I felt a lot more comfortable making adjustments to the trus rod. You saved me a trip to the shop. This forum is great!
     
  7. Anytime, it's nice to share info with a bassist as nice as you!

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    Treena
     
  8. Gander

    Gander

    Jun 5, 2002
    Texas
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    When I had my Geddy Lee bass, I routed a truss rod access.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1289026">
     
  10. Cygnus

    Cygnus

    Apr 27, 2003
    Quincy Ma.
    Thanks for the pic Nino. I was thinking of doing something like that only leaving the pick guard alone. I can't understand why Fender wouldn't make it easier to access the trus rod. At least they could make the hole large enough for the tool.

    What did you use to route the hole out? I was thinking I'd use a dremel tool.

    -Mike
     
  11. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    Conn.
    Due to the bass being a replica of "his" bass and not specifically that perticular year's exact model's dimensions it has a modified neck thickness.
    And being that its a alder neck w/maple cap(it says so in the 2003 fender catalog if you doubt me)so be careful with it for its not that sturdy of a neck,I had to return mine due to a backbow at the top and another one the opposite way down at the bottom.
    To fix it is very costly because of the binding and finish on the neck(I am a luthier in apprenticship so I am sure of my facts and am not just throwing out things I've guessed or heard from other boneheads).
    Earlier models were made a bit better because the store I work at has many different shipments of them over the last few years,and they vary much from order to order.
    SO IF YOUR UNSURE OF ADJUSTING THE NECK BE CAREFUL PLEASE :D
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    http://www.fender.com/products/show.php?partno=0257702#

    I second Josh's Typo conclusion. It can't be a maple cap on an Alder neck because it is a one peice Male neck.
     
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I found the typo in the 2001 Fender Frontline:

    It should say: "Alder Body with Maple Fingerboard"...

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1290196">
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here is a headstock pic from the Geddy I recently sold.

    If you look closely, the fretboard dosen't end.
    The grain from the fretboard continues to the headstock because is is a one peice maple neck.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1290210">
     
  15. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    Conn.
    When your right,your....,but I still say the neck due to its shaved down radius is not as sturdy as it should be,I prefer a thin neck and loved this bass from the jump,I was very sorry to return it and have to settle for the Mex re-issue 60's classic (it was my only option)
    Thanks for the info, EVEN THOUGH i HATE BEING PROVED WRONG:D
     
  16. tkarter

    tkarter

    Jan 1, 2003
    kansas
    That pic looks like the truss rod should be adjustable from the top.

    tk
     
  17. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    Conn.
    The t-rod adj is down the bottom of the neck,because thats where it would be on a bass from that year,which why its a re-issue,get it ?
    But it does look like the adj is at the top due to the shadow from the lighting(ITS A PAIN IN THE ARSE,ESPECIALLY ON MY MEX RE-ISSUE.P.O.S !)
     
  18. tkarter

    tkarter

    Jan 1, 2003
    kansas
    I get it and always did just looks like it can be done from the top so... hence the confusion.

    Oh btw I ain't trading my MIM Jazz for one of them.

    tk
     

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