Does this Truss Rod Look Overtightened to You?

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Does this Truss Rod Look Overtightened to You?

Post: # 1418884Post Bacchus »

Student bought a bass second hand from a shop, and it's fretting out down the neck. I've tied to adjust it but can't get a allen key in. The allen key is fouling the edge of the rout channel. That, and the fact that the rod seems to be pressed right up against the back of the channel makes me wonder if it's overtightened?

Any thoughts or opinion? Either way, I reckon she should take it back to the shop and have them set it up properly.

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Post: # 1418886Post Noirie. »

Nah it’s totally fucking fucked mate.
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Post: # 1418887Post Bacchus »

As bad as that, aye?
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Post: # 1418893Post Thom »

Hard to tell from the photo but yeah she should definitely take it back to the shop for them to sort out.
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Post: # 1418898Post Bacchus »

The thing that's bugging me is not being able to get a key in it. The access channel isn't routed parallel to the truss rod, which means you'd need a really short key, or that the rod is in the wrong place because it's been tightened too much.

I told her to buy the jazz bass but she wouldn't listen...
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Post: # 1418899Post plopswagon »

Bacchus wrote:I told her to buy the jazz bass but she wouldn't listen...
Kids today, sheesh.

Have you tried removing the strings to see if it will loosen it up a little, or would that be going the wrong way?
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Post: # 1418900Post NickD »

Would a ball end Allen key do the job?

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Post: # 1418904Post Bacchus »

Ball end allen key would do it. But I don't have one. I've never had a guitar that needed one either?

Plops, yep, wrong way. Could feasibly try heavier strings....
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Post: # 1418906Post plopswagon »

You don’t have the balls! :P

Or tighten up the ones on it.
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Post: # 1418922Post euan »

I only realised recently that the reason I'd have trouble with some truss rod bolts is because they are imperial not metric. Worth having an imperial and metric ball end keys.
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Post: # 1418925Post Bacchus »

That's the other thing, it was a bucket of odd allen keys in the tech department.

I still think the problem I was having was with fouling the back of the channel, though.
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