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Truss Rodd in Single Cut

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Daaniac, Jan 24, 2006.


  1. I was wondering, if building a single a cut, should I somehow treat the truss rodd differently because of the stiffness the SC provides at that part of the neck?

    Or can I just treat it as any other bass regarding choice of rod and such?
     
  2. Kronos

    Kronos

    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've read that you're better off doing 2 truss rods...since the neck will have different stresses on the sides. Especially if you're making a bass with more than 4 strings..
     
  3. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    All of these Elrick's utilize a single truss rod:

    http://www.elrick.com/evol_1cut.html


    Stambaugh says this of the single-cut neck design:
    http://www.stambaughdesigns.com/basses.html

    All of the Brubaker single-cut basses use a single truss rod:
    http://www.brubakerguitars.com/guitars.htm


    I guess to summarize, the use of a single or dual truss rod in a single-cut neck depends on what you want to do. Opinions on whether to use one or two rods seems to be as varied as the opinions about whether or not a single-cut bass is aesthetically pleasing.

    For the basses I make, my single-cut neck sports a single truss rod and dual graphite reinforcement bars. I can't imaging needing a second truss rod on a four of five string, and even a six string would be questionable. Just my opinion and experience of course, and others here will no doubtedly have differeing opinions from their own personal experiences.

    All the best,

    R
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    My singlecut Brubaker six uses a single dual action trussrod. At well over a year old, gigged constantly, it's worked great.
     
  5. Rodent

    Rodent Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Regenerate Guitar Works
    Brad -

    Is this the one you had at Bassapalooza in DC last summer? If so, that's one hot 6 :bassist:

    All the best,

    R
     
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Yep, that's the one. I had the same results with my fives.

    Thanks.
     
  7. mcdade

    mcdade

    Sep 27, 2004
    London (UK)
    Ive had no problems so far with my singlecut basses,Ive only built 4 strings.The only slight problem I found on the last custom I made was i couldnt get must relief in the board past the 12th fret due to the singlecut top horn.

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