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HELP! Truss rod Adjustment

 
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stratman_101
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:04 am    Post subject: HELP! Truss rod Adjustment Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me how to adjust the truss rod on a 1985 love rock. I like a flat neck and mind has a slight bow. thanks.
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Badger
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easiest way is to take it to your local guitar tech and ask him to do it. If your not too sure about adjusting truss rods, then it's best to stay clear. Or if your feeling adventurous try googling truss rod or something.

http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/trussrods.htm

one example.
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declan
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sometimes that bow in the neck is refered to as relief and its there to stop the strings buzzing. I am all on for experimenting with your guitar setups but if you are asking the question on here, for a 1985 love rock, i think a trip to a good guitar tech would be the best idea.

If you are gonna have a go anyway, only make 1/8 turn adjustments and leave it to settle for a day before you turn it again, always remember your starting point, it just might be the best

good luck...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To remove the bow (i.e. straighten), tighten the truss rod, by turning the wrench to the right, while looking down the neck, fretboard up, toward the guitar. As Declan said, don't do more than an 1/8th of a turn.

I adjust my truss rods all the time and have never had a problem, as long as I'm not too agressive and am willing to wait for things to settle, which usually means a couple of hours or so.

Hope this helps.
-- Bill
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bruceboomstick
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slightly off thread, but still relevant, has anyone seen that PLEK process they can do with necks?

It's cool a they use a "laser" (Dr Evil accent optional) to measure your neck - a computer then maps it and works out the best settings. It then does a fret dress (to match your desired action) in about 9 mins and is accurate to 0.001mm. Chandler guitars have one of the machines in the UK.
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres a PLEK discussion going on in one of the other forum categories.
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bruceboomstick
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Theres a PLEK discussion going on in one of the other forum categories


That's great - I missed that one one - I'll check it out, only found out about it the other day and it looks amazing,
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stratman_101
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject: truss rod adjustment/Other Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. I actually gave it a try last night and I'm very happy with the results. The tip on 1/8 at a time turn was a good one. In my case I only need a hair adjustment, so, less than an 1/8 at a time is my suggestion for anyone needing a very slight adjustment. Again, thanks.

By the way, why does this site have an area for Tokai's older that 1985. That would mean 1984 and older. Are they any better than my 1985 Love Rock? Just curious. Thanks
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Canterbilly
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I recommend Dan Erlewines book 'How to make your electric guitar play great'. Crap title but dead handy book. He also wrote a repair guide that is even better. Loads of info in them about truss rod do's and (more importantly!) don'ts.
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bruceboomstick
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good book - it really cover everything you need to know to do a pro setup.

I think there's a companion book on repairs too.
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Canterbilly
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the other book is called Guitar Player Repair Guide.
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