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  •  Stripped allen head on strat truss rod

    Subj: stripped allen head on strat truss rod
    Date: 3/16/2004 11:42:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
    From: cpeters@

    I've got a 84 American made strat that has the Allen wrench head rounded so that when you try to adjust the truss rod the wrench just spins in the trussrod my local shop says replace the neck with a replacement neck.

    I don't want to do this (its the guitar I learned to play on and it is still my favorite) replacing that neck would be like replacing my right hand- might work fine but I would not like it.

    Any suggestions on how to repair the Allen head slot without pulling the fretboard?
    thanks
    Chris

  • Ricks Answer to - Fender strat truss rod nut
    Fender strat truss rod nut:
    You are right, no need to replace the neck if the original is a good neck. One thing you may consider doing is get an easy out bit at a hardware store and see if you can get it to unscrew the nut itself. It will probably work for you.

    Once you have it out then simply get a new nut and screw it back in and you are set to go. The easy out will turn counter clockwise and grip the inside of the hole. If the easy out will not go deep enough because of improper diameter and you cannot find the correct diameter then you may have to grind off the end of the tapered point of the easy out bit until it goes in the hole but will still wedge tight and then grip the hole when you turn it counter clockwise.

    Once it bites into the metal it will start to unscrew the nut and bring it out. You can get a new nut for that rod.

    Always remember to lossen the strings on the guitar before you ever turn a truss rod nut. That will keep it from reaming out the wrench shape and also keep it from breaking a rod.


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