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  • I was wondering if you know anything about truss rods?

    Hi, I was wondering if you know anything about truss rods?I have an IbanezAW100 (new) and I changed the strings on it and adjusted the truss rod(located in soundhole) clockwise,maybe a quarter turn,resulting in string buzz around the 13th fret,anyway I then went to turn it back counter-clockwise and come to find out the end of the truss rod is threaded,and I was just unscrewing the thing that my allen wrench goes into.Does this mean that this truss rod only adjusts one way(clockwise)?Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    thanks,Tom


  • Ricks Answer
    Hi Tom,
    No problem with the rod. It screws in to tighten the rod forcing the upward curvature of the fretboard. When you unscrew it it backs out and allows the fret board to drop some. The upward curve went too far up and caused your strings to buzz. You did right to back off but the tension on the board has sort of stuck in place.

    First thing you need to know is do not ever adjust truss rod while the strings are tight. Always loosen the strings completely and then adjust the rod just a tiny bit. Sometimes if you adjust a rod tighter while string tension is tight it is too much tension and the rod can break at the weakest point which is the threaed area. If it is loose with no string tension then you are only adjusting against the wood itself and it becomes easier to tighten or loosen.

    Often times when you loosen the rod you may have to press downward on the fretboard in the middle area to help it relax and move back. Sometimes I will massage the the guitar neck. Place the guitar on the floor on soft carpet or in a guitar case and press downward, release, press again, release, a few times. Kind of like doing CPR on a guitar neck. That massage a few times will help relax the neck and it will settle back straight again.

    Now tune the strings back again a check out the adjustment and see if it needs any more adjustment. If the neck is still cupped inward and you need to raise it up more then loosen the strings again and tighten the rod a tiny bit more. Then tune it up again and so forth until it is right.

    Remember one thing . . . when you adjust the rod, it does not always move to the new position completely at once. It will raise up a little bit but 2 or 3 days later it may move a little more. It moves a little on the initial adjustment under the tension but it will continue to relax and give in to the new tension over a period of a few days. So days later it suddenly seems to be moved more than you wanted it too. It is best to tighten just tiny amounts and then watch it for 2 or 3 days. You sneak up on it a little bit at a time. The warmer the room temperature the quicker it will relax. Never adjust with string tension on it or in a cold temperature.

    Sometimes it takes several trys on this but eventually you will get it right on the best spot. That oughta do it.


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