Truss rod adjustment: I don’t have the knowledge!

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Eligius1976, Jul 12, 2021.

  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    you do not need a capo for this.

    You sight down the neck as though you were aiming a rifle and the neck should have a ever so slight concave bow. Look down the bass side and the treble side and compare the relief from each side. If your neck has a twist the relief will be noticeably different between the treble and bass sides. In this case you want to split the difference in how much to tighten.

    The heavier the strings and or how hard you play will requires more relief. Lighter strings and lighter attack require less relief. Tightening the rod takes out relief and loosening adds relief. Righty righty-lefty loosy.

    Try tightening your rod 1/4 to 1/2 turn (clockwise is tighter) then sight down the neck again. If the nut on your rod is loose tighten until it snugs up then tighten from there. The saddles should also match the fingerboard radius.
     
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    While at it, I would also recommend getting a good 6" metal ruler (General makes a good one), and a set of automotive feeler gauges to measure string height and neck relief.

    While one can setup a guitar without actually measuring anything and go strictly by eye/feel, I find it really helps (especially if one is new to set ups) to properly measure these setup parameters so that you'll have a proper reference for what a spec of .010" neck relief and string height at the 17th of 4/64" (Fender factory recommended setup specs) actually feels like.
     
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  3. Eligius1976

    Eligius1976 Strat-Talker

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    I”ve tried to tighten 1/4 the rod after removing the strings. I put some lemon oil in the fredboard. Then after 2h I put a new set of strings “10).
    I hope it will enhance the playability and the height of strings.
    Thanks for your help!
    Eloi
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    Eligius1976 Strat-Talker

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    The last pic is funny because I used the fan in order to dry the lemon oil from the fredboard :p
    :D:rolleyes:
     
  5. Guitarmageddon

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    That's not how it's done @Eligius1976 - you adjust the truss rod WHILE the strings are on it, and re-check again. Right now, it's going to be even more out of whack than before when you re-string it......I responded to you in another thread I think too.....

    You also wipe off the lemon oil until it no longer comes off on a cloth or paper towels....you don't air dry it.....
     
  6. Eligius1976

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    Ok! Thanks amigo!!
    Eloi