truss rod question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by oldpicker, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. oldpicker


    Apr 29, 2011
    my first post
    new to bass building but have built 20 or so guitars

    I have used with great results the stewmac hotrod, LMI and allied luthiery rods

    the stewmac hotrod is quite bulky compared to the allied luthiery / LMI welded rod and bar types

    if i was to use the best double action truss rod available for bass what would the recomendation be?
  2. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I think it really depends on how thick of a neck you are looking for. Unless the neck is really thin I dont the think the stewmac rods are a problem. I'll use something like the LMI rods if I want a super thin neck but I like the more robust construction of the Stew mac rods as well. I also find the LMI rods tend to have inconsistent welds and I end up having to file away lumpy welds from a fair number of them. On the last few basses I used double action rods from They are inexpensive and work quite well and might be my personal favorites. I'll definitely be using them more in the future. IMO pretty much any of the "name" truss rod makers makes a quality product.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
  4. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
  5. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You guys are probably right, I've never used the grizzly rods. One thing I forget to mention is that my choice of truss rod depends on which end of the fingerboard has the adjustment. For access at the body I like the bestbassgear/grizzly rod. It has a metal sleeve around the adjustment nut that I really like but it makes the rod thicker. At the body end of the fingerboard there is more than enough thickness to allow it.

    On the other hand, when I build a neck with headstock adjustment I always use the LMI rods. They are noticably smaller rods and allow me to carve that end of the neck with less trepidation.