Truss rod snapped......want to cry.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Datsgor, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    So, this just popped off the end of my truss rod...

    It went to this.....
    my Mayones BE Exotic.

    I am pretty sure it's double expanding rod like this:
    thumbnailasp_zps421b165d.gif and cannot be replaced without removing the fretboard.

    Anybody have an idea what it might cost to have this done?
    Can it be done?
    Is the neck junk now?
    Of coarse this happens today, of all days to not be able to contact the local distributor.

    Well, Merry Christmas to all.

    any thoughts? any at all? Even to tell me how screwed I am...........
  2. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    how does it play?
  3. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    The action is a touch higher already. still playable.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Its going to cost a pretty good chunk of change to have it repaired but that bass is worth it. Is it a bolt on or neck through? Bolt on will probably be a bit less expensive to repair, but the actual price of the repair will have to be determined by whoever is doing the work. It shouldn't cost more than $400-$500. The fretboard is going to have to be steamed off, and possibly replaced. Truss rod replaced, fretboard re glued, releveled, and refretted. Its a pretty big job.
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  5. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    It is a bolt on neck. So, if need be, I can ship it somewhere. I hope the estimates come in at around $400 - $500, that would be good news. I love this bass and you are right, it is worth it.

    Peace, John
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Yeah, it sucks that that happened. I'm glad you aren't blaming this on a Mayones QC issue, because it is simply a part failure. It was a weak spot in the threaded part of the steel rod the truss rod was made from. Have you contacted Mayones, he may do the job at a very minimal cost because it was a part failure on one of his basses.
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  7. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    $400-$500 is right on the money.
  8. JustForSport

    JustForSport Guest

    Nov 17, 2011
    That's exactly why it's best to 'help' the neck to where it needs to go, and let the trussrod 'hold it'.
    And when the nut comes to a stop, DON"T FORCE IT.
    Those that say "just crank it" are usually in the bus of fixing/replacing them.
    Some get lucky and never have a problem- good for far.
    For $400- $500 plus the playing time lost (and at Christmas, yet), it's better to be on the conservative, safe side (IMO).
    Sure others will disagree, but bottom line, 'It's your bass, time, and $$$'.
  9. Datsgor

    Datsgor Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2000
    No, not blaming Mayones.....I am the dumb bonehead that broke it. I can do a lot of stuff to basses and guitars but this is beyond my knowledge base. I got the contact info for the local distributor and will be contacting them and Mayones next week. Thanks for the replies, I am glad the consensus seems to be about $400 - $500.
  10. Not that big a deal. Pop that fingerboard/nut off with hot knife, remove old rod, clean up neck and fingerboard, don't forget to install new rod and glue board/nut back on. Maybe clean up frets, done. Good news is it's not a painted finish.
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  11. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Huh? This is a job best left to a talented luthier. It's kinda a big deal.....
  12. Robert B

    Robert B Somewhere under the rainbow Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Rittman, OH, USA
    That sucks, and it will cost you some, but it can most likely be restored so you can never even tell it happened. So cheer up and start looking for a luthier! :)
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  13. Double expanding truss rod can be replaced via a headstock in some cases.



    I suppose the second option may be useful for you. It was covered by a new custom cover after.
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  14. Hankenstein

    Hankenstein Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Piermont, New York
    I know a guy that can fix it without removing the fret board. He just fixed an old Gibson Les Paul Recording model bass of mine that had the same issue. He is a wizard. He lives in Wappinger Falls, N.Y. PM me with your location and I'll see if I can hook you up.
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  15. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    It all depends on how the rod channel was routed, and how tight the channel is. There is no way you would be able to remove a busted rod from one of my necks, because I rout a fairly tight truss rod channel.
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

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

    Saying to adjust the rod until the neck is in proper relief is totally different than telling someone to go cranking away. I don't recall anybody on this forum recommending anyone to force a truss rod if it stopped turning..
  17. carsonchilders

    carsonchilders Carson Childers Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I would absolutely take it to the original luthier.
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  20. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006

    Angled headstocks that have a cavity for truss rod adjustment at the headstock end are inherently weak. This is due to removing material for the cavity. There simply isn't very much lumber left afterwards. Removing more wood from an angled headstock is an accident waiting to happen.

    Not recommended.