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Re: Truss rod problems

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Posted by Bill ( on June 30, 2002 at 13:16:30:

In Reply to: Truss rod problems posted by Toby Meyer on February 27, 2002 at 09:05:07:

: My old Ibanez Roadstar II Custom bass has a very straight neck that causes some string buzz. I tried to loosen the truss rod to increase neck-string distance, but when turning the truss rod there is no more resistance. I can tighten it, but I can't loosen it any more! So... what can I do?
: Thanks
: Toby

A bit of an odd problem, but they do happen. It's true that if the strings you use a light gauge, they will not pull the neck to creat the same relief as
a heavier set will. Are you tuned to regular A440 pitch, or down-tuned? Normally the opposite problem is more common and we need to tighten the truss rod
to work against string pull. That's what two truss rods are so useful. Try a heavier set of strings first, and play at A440 pitch if you can. If not, a fret dressing can help
but I'd be inclined to get a neck with a two truss rod first.

Good Luck,

Wilkat Guitars

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