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  •  Problems with a "double action" truss rod
    I received a neck today....maple, 22 frets, their standard model (apparently not high-end). It has the truss rod adjustment at the "heel." I attempted to move the truss rod in either direction and it only goes 1/8" turn..... I have other necks on which I'm able to make much more adjustment than this.

    Also, I can hear/feel the truss rod rattling/clicking on this new neck. I've by no means forced just plain doesn't move very much at all. This is a "double action" truss rod. I just want to know if this is they way it works...very little movement.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  • Rick Andrews Answers Your Question Below.

    Well the double action rod will move the neck from both ends at the same time. This means you move the neck twice as much per the 1/8 turn. Personally I don't really care too much for the double action rod but I guess that's just personal preference. I had rather sneak up on it slowly a tiny bit at a time. That allows you to be more acurate.

    As for the rattle you hear, it may be that the maple neck is in true alignment with no pressure on the rod against the wood but in time the string tension will take over and the neck will bow a bit until the wood presses against the rod thus the rattle will stop, but if the neck is in need of adjustment then you should get it straight as possible and then see if it still rattles.

    When I build my necks I use soft heat shrink tubing around the truss rod and the heat shrinks it tight to the rod. No way the steel rod can rattle as it is cushioned with the heat shrink. One thing you want to always be careful about; always completely losen the strings before adjusting the rod. One thing it is much easier to put tension on the rod without the string tension against you, and two, the string tension at full tuning can cause you to break the rod at the threads. By loosening the string tension you are then only adjusting the back bow of the wood itself and not fighting with the string tensionwhich in toal is a tremensous amount of thension. Give these ideas a try and see if it solves your problem. Let me know.
    Rick Andrews, Andrews Guitar

  •  Are the single actions truss rods really bad?
    in your opinion, If you had a 10 degree tilt back headstock on a 24fret 34" scale bass neck with a ebony finger board. I love the ease of the single action truss rods, and the lighter weight. Are the single actions truss rods really bad? The neck will also have two graphite composite stiffening rods. The double action truss rods take a lot of torque to operate and are almost double the weight. What would be the pros and cons here? Do you think I would have trouble with the single action truss rod? Regards,
    Steve Z.

  • Rick Andrews Answers Your Question Below.
    Well Steve,
    I have been through this myself and personally I like the single rod better. One time as I recall I saw a guitar that actually warped and bowed backwards. That is very unusual because the string tension pulls the neck inward. Only the one have I ever seen do this. It had to be a piece of wood that was incredibly strongly warping favoring the oposite of the string tension. The single rod is lighter weight and I think more efficient as well as more accurate. I suggest the single. That is what I use in the guitars I build.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

  •  I donít like those loose wobbly bass strings on my nylon guitar.
    Hi Rick,
    My questions is if I donít like those loose, wobbly bass strings on my nylon guitar can I put on some thicker gauge strings from a steel set? Or what nylon strings can I get that have tension even higher than .47 for bass E string?
    Thanks for your help

  • Rick Andrews Answers Your Question Below.
    Well Barry,
    Never had a question like this one but I do have an answer for you. Now this one will probably bring on lots of laughs from EvO:R-ybody but it is a solution. I would not advise going to steel strings unless the guitar has a good truss rod. If it does then you can do that but would also need to set it up differently with different rod adjustment , etc.

    Now if you want a heavier nylon string, now here goes the funny but true stuff, since I do not know of any heavier gauge than .47 I would look into the possibilty of monofiliament fishing line and make your own custom gauge set. I would use the same material for all the strings though and not just the low "E" string. They will stretch a lot at first until you have worked all that out but you can hand stretch until it reaches its max and then it should be OK. You can get some really strong monofilament line, I don't know what pound test but it is available fairly large. Just think you could stop on the way home from a gig and do a little fishing with your guitar.

    Seriously though I guess I'm just crazy enough to try that. Monofilament line is available in quite an array of colors too by the way. You could have an interesting appearance as well. I think the tones would be somewhat improved as well. The downside is you would have to buy a small spool of six sizes but you would be in strings for a while. I would try the one low "E" string first and see what it did to the sound. You may be surprised what you get. Let me know how this turns out.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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