Trus rod, does it matter what end

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bill h, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
  2. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    usability = not really ... in the headstock you'll need to remove the cover, and in the heel you may need to remove the pick guard (depending on design) I prefer to adjust at the heel end with a hex wrench

    structure = yes ... having the adjustment at the headstock removes wood from the (potentially) weakest part of the entire neck (if not the entire bass), and unless your utilizing an angled headstock it's just beyond ugly IMO

    just my two Rupees ...

    All the best,

  3. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Thanks for the info, the neck I build will have a scarf joint on the headstock, I personaly like the headstock to have the hex nut on the end. Thanks one more time

    BTW without this place I would never try any of this stuff!!!
  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    It also moves the points of contact between the truss rod and the neck, and therefore precisely where the pressures are applied when the truss rod is tightened.

    People make decent necks either way, though, so it doesn't seem to matter that much.
  5. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    What Matt FBB says!
    Now the question is where you want to control the neck bow, and where you want to not control it...