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For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  • Instrment tuning verses weather Question
    and Gibson Truss Rod Question

  •  Gibson truss rod
    Subj: Gibson truss rod
    Date: 3/22/2004 11:10:26 AM Eastern Standard Time

    I am looking to build a Gibson Les Paul and have just bought myself a set of plans. I am confused abou the truss rod whixh appears to me to bend the wrong way? In other words it looks closer to the fretboard in the middle of the neck. Am I missing something?

    Many thanks for help


  • Ricks Answer to- Gibson Truss Rod Question

    From: Rick Andrews
    Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 12:13 AM
    Subject: Re: Gibson truss rod

    Gibson truss rod for the less paul:
    This does sound backward to the older Less pauls. I don't know if they are doing something different now days but it sure sounds wrong to me. Sounds like someone was standing on their head when they did the drawings. They may have just been thinking wrong when they did it.

    I would not use that style truss rod system anyway. Today truss rods are designed more so to be straight and slot straight in the neck. The hairpin shape makes it much easier to cut in the neck and to install it and also the rods are much better and more accurate.

    You can get them from Luthier's Mercantile on line. They are the best.

  •  Instrument tunings vs. weather
    Date: 3/16/2004 8:06:55 PM Eastern Standard Time
    From: Dutchcometh

    My daughter is doing a science project on instrument tunings vs. weather. Is there anything you might help us with?

    Thanks, Lee

  • Ricks Answer to - Insturment tuning verses weather

    Weather is a big factor in instruments going out of tune. Steel stringed instrumenst have trouble with this. The colder temperatures cause the strings to draw up tighter and at a faster rate than the wood thus tuning goes crazy. When the instrument is then taken inside and has time to go back to room temperature it should all go back fairly close but usually will need some fine tune adjustments.

    It is much better to transport the instrumnet in a vehicle that is already a normal temperature as about the same condition it was stored in to keep it close to the same with less change as possible. Likewise hot weather will do just the opposite and cause the strings to relax more. This situation does not harm the strings but is hard on the wood of the instrument itself and can cause a lot of damage, stress cracks and sometimes even more.

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