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Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by RoyC, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. RoyC

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    Does the truss rod have to be adjusted with the neck on the guitar and the strings set, or, can I set the bow with the neck off the guitar ?
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It depends where the truss rod adjustment is made and if the neck comes off the guitar.
     
  3. RoyC

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    1983 peavey T25 special.jpg
    It is a 1983 Peavey T-25 special with the rod adjustment at the headstock.
    The neck is off the body at the moment as the body is having a respray.
     
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  4. ukoldgit

    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have set them with the neck off the guitar but always without any relief mainly because when you load up the string tension it will add a little front bow on most occasions. Still have to do the fine adjustment when setting up.
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Unless you want it flat for dressing the frets I would leave it until the necks back on that way only adjusting it once because unless your very lucky it will probably need doing again once the neck on and strings put tension on it.
     
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    Best way is with the strings on and tuned to pitch. I have one that has the adjustment on the heel and its a guessing game.
     
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  7. RoyC

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    It makes sense doing it when reassembled, I intend fitting 9s.
    At the moment it's bowed the wrong way.

    The frets don't need dressing, no wear at all on them.
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Just my thought process on this Roy, but depending on how long the re finish is going to take .
    If it were me I would get a straight edge and adjust the truss rod until neck is level at rest I wouldn't leave it unstrung with a back bow for long . Then when back on tune it to tension and adjust from there depending on gauge , sounds like its had heavier strings on it at some point .
     
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  9. RoyC

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    I have just set it straight, took about ¼ turn C.W.
    It's going to be about two weeks because, being wood paint can't be baked.
     
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  10. Guitarmageddon

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    You can't set it with the neck off....you need to see how much the string tension is making the neck bow etc and then adjust as necessary....there's no way to set relief without string tension
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Unless the neck has a heel adjust truss rod, in which case there is no way to set it with string tension. It's a pain in the butt.
     
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    Guitarmageddon Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes, that's a set it, check it, then set it, and re-check it again kind of thing....
     
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