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Stratocaster Truss Rod Question
Ricks Answer to - Stratocaster Truss Rod Question
My name is Palmer and I recently purchased a 1997 Fender American Standard
Stratocaster. I have read so many articles about truss-rod issues, damaged
truss-rods, how to adjust truss-rods, types of truss-rods etc. But there
is one issue about truss-rods that I have not been able to find. Here it is:
I am at a great little used guitar store with lots 'o guitars on the wall.
I pick up a nice used Fender Strat. It plays great, looks great and the
resonation is real sweet. My question is this, I know just about
everything there is to know about truss-rods EXCEPT.....how do you know that a
truss-rod is broken or damaged without any tools, or asking (trusting) the
sales person or owner of the store to tell you?
Thanks so much Rick. Maybe I have overlooked this answer some place but I
would swear that I haven't.
From: "Rick Andrews"
Sent: Sunday, July 18, 2004 12:46 PM
Subject: Re: Stratocaster Truss Rod Question
Well Palmer, this sometimes can still be detected without tools but only
if the bow in the neck is so obvious and or if the rod rattles as you pop the
palm of you hand on the back of the neck, you can feel it snap at the wood
usually if it is broken. But that does not always work if the neck is
fairly straight it can still be broken and you would need a tool to see if it
changes the neck as you tighten it, then again you need the tool. I do
have a sneaky way that should work almost every time. You're gonna love this
First be sure the distance form the bottom of the G string down to the wood.
Then loosen all the strings until they are all loose completely and floppy. Then
tighten the G string just enough to bring it in a straight line so you have a
straight reference line. Now take the same measurement again at the 12th
fret from the bottom of that G string straight line down to the wood
If the rod is good the neck will hump up some because of the
back bow pressure of the truss rod and that measurement will be closer to the
bottom of the G string. With the tension off the strings the rod will bow
the neck upward closer to the G string. But if the neck does not move
upward any at all and the measurement is the same then you know the rod has no
tension on it at all therefore it is likely to be broken and is not
working. That is the sure way and should work on any guitar.
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