What size washer for truss rod?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Kael, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    I have a '96 MIA Fender J with a lined P bass neck. I've set it up just about perfect for my purposes. Tried swapping out to some higher tension strings recently and when I was setting up the instrument again I found that it appears that the truss rod is basically maxed out. Had a local tech check it, and he confirmed my suspicions. I want to pop a couple washers on the truss rod to get a little more movement out of it. I could just pop the neck and take it in with me to the local hardware store, but I figured it would be simpler to ask here in case someone already happened to know.

    This isn't a pressing issue as the bass plays fine as is. Has just enough play for any seasonal adjustments, but I will need a little more to work with if I want to switch strings in the future.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. Busker

    Busker Guest

    Jan 22, 2007
    I don't know the size, but... If it isn't a pressing issue, then next time you restring the bass you could take the truss rod nut out (you have to remove it anyway to put the washers in) and take the nut to a good hardware store with a large selection of nuts/bolts/screws/washers (that would be Ace Hardware in my neck of the woods - huge selection of nuts/bolts/fasteners). Simply match a washer that doesn't exceed the diameter of the nut, with the center hole being large enough. That's how I found my washers.
  3. I recently tried this with my P-bass, which has a '62 Jazz RI neck. It didn't work, but that's because I'm a technical moron. Other people have done this operation with success. (Read about it here.)
    I bought some of the standard #8 and #10 size washers, and they were both too big in diameter to fit down the hole. When I went down a size to #6, the hole in the middle wasn't big enough to fit over the truss rod. There doesn't appear to be a standard size that will fit without a little bit of extra work. If you read the thread I mentioned above, people talk about drilling out the hole in certain washers so they fit, or prying apart lock washers and using those.
  4. ducatiman


    Oct 3, 2006
    new yawk
    take that nut to your local hobby shop, radio control cars, helis, planes use all sorts of small, non-standard hardware.

    show the guy behind counter what your looking for, chances are he's got a drawer or box of assorted unused hardware you/he can pick through.
  5. 62bass

    62bass Guest

    Apr 3, 2005
    I've found washers that fit in a hardware store. Take the nut with you. Not all hardware stores have all sizes of washers.
  6. electroken

    electroken Guest

    Sep 2, 2008
    Shelton, CT