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Truss Rod adjustement on a new Ibanez SR505

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by rpangelov, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. rpangelov


    Feb 14, 2017
    Hey guys, I will appreciate some help here. I just bought new Ibanez SR505 1 week ago. Amazing bass... I am very happy with it. Anyway... when I bought it, a luthier in the shop checked the bass before they gave it to me and made some truss rod adjustements. When I came home I wanted to setup the bass the way I wanted to as I wanted to lower the action.
    So I took the manual which was in the box and I followed every step as described. I lowered the action, after that I must lower the pickup height also, as the string were hitting them if I digged more in it. So everything far everything went good!
    Yesterday when I played I noticed that I got fret buzz on the first 2 frets on the E string. Only on the E string. I tried to increase the action, but this wasnt the reason, as the the buzz continued. So I've turned the truss rod counterclockwise to loose it a little bit. I didn't turned it a lot - couple of mm and the buzz was gone. I don't hear any fret buzz yet.
    So here is my question... everything sounds and feels fine, but the only think I am not sure about is the clearance aka. neck relief. The instruction manual claims it must be between 0,3~0,5mm, but I think mine is 0,2~0,3mm. But once more... everything sounds fine, no fret buzz on any string... any fret. As I am afraid to mess with truss rod... can this be a problem ? Did I setted up the bass good or do I need to check something else?
  2. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    You set it up to your liking. It doesn't buzz. There is no question to answer.

    But since you're asking, truss rods are for adjusting relief on a piece of lumber roughly the size of half a baseball bat. It's pretty sturdy. The rod itself is a thin metal rod with some threads on one end. The nut is usually made of a softer metal so that if too much torque is applied the nut is sacrificed. If the nut is properly threaded onto the rod and doesn't resist adjustment all is well.

    N.B. If it squeaks, quit.
  3. J.D. Detroit

    J.D. Detroit

    Nov 12, 2015
    Don't get hung up on manufacturer specs. These are guidelines for the factory set up/starting point for the player.
    Set it up with whatever action you prefer. Your technique/attack and strings should determine what best works for you and the bass.

    Don't be afraid of adj the truss. Watch videos and read the info posted around here.
    Once you get comfortable and confidant you'll do just fine. Learning the basics to perform your own setup is invaluable.
  4. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    if nothing is wrong then it doesn't need to be fixed.

    ibanez specs are generally pretty good but they are a "suggested" spec. keep in mind that having a low action and low neck relief means that the whole set-up is more susceptible to environmental changes. what this means to you is a potential for more "set-up maintenance" on your end. not a big deal actually just a little more vigilance.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
  5. rpangelov


    Feb 14, 2017
    Thank you very much guys! I've readed a lot of posts and watched lot's of video's before doing anything on my bass. At first I maintained my old Westone Spectrum also without any problems... luckily! I've heard some weird stories about broken necks because of unproper truss rod adjustment so I decided to ask here, just to be sure.
    About the low action + low neck relief will be sensitive to environmental changes is good to know! Thank you for the point. I will keep it in mind.
    The bass feels and plays more than perfect now. Really no words to describe it... I was really amazed by how low the action can be without having any fret buzz... this wasn't possible on the Westone. I guess because of better fretboard ?

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