Re: Bent neck?

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Posted by Rob on December 11, 2001 at 10:17:14:

In Reply to: Bent neck? posted by Eyx on December 11, 2001 at 01:22:51:

: I'm sure this question has been asked many times before, so bare with me. I just need some advise, because this is actually been my first time with this problem..

: Nonetheless, I've been playing a Yamaha TRB-5II electric bass for the past two years. I've been extremely content with the bass -- Especially the neck. Some other bassists told me the neck was too large for them (Which doesn't surprise me, since they both played Ibanez,) but it suits my own playing style well, and I always admired how straight the neck was. But here's the problem in hand:

: The bass was perfectly fine yesterday. But, of course, I picked up my bass to play today, and much to my surprise, the neck was very much bent forward. (Bent towards the frets.) I currently live with elderly people, whom unfortunately, have the tendency of putting the heat as high as 80 degrees. I fear this is where the problem is, because last night I couldn't stand the temperature of the house, and opened a window so I wouldn't die of heat exhaustion. ;) Of course, I'm sure this is also what caused the neck to curve forward.

: So, basically, I'm asking for any tips on how I could adjust the neck, if at all; Or if I should bring it to a professional? The one thing I'm fearing most is having to replace the bass. I've always been really paranoid with the instrument, because to be blunt, if anything ever happened to it it would take me literally 2 years, if not longer, to save up for a new one. So, really, any advice would be cool. Thanks.

Here's my formaula for straightening the neck:

1. First, mark the truss rod nut so you can return it to the original setting, if necessary.
2. Turn the truss rod nut to the left, less than one turn. See if this improves the situation. If it improves, keep adjusting a little at a time until problem appears resolved.
3. If the problem gets worse, return to the original position; then turn the nut to the right, less than one turn.
4. If this seems to work, adjust little by little.
5. If neither works, take your bass in to a qualified tech.

Changes in the weather will cause most necks to move around a little, so I end up doing this a few times a year.

Good Luck,


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