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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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  •  Stratocaster Truss Rod Question
    Hello --

    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 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.

  • Ricks Answer to - Stratocaster Truss Rod Question

    From: "Rick Andrews"
    To: "Jp"
    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 one.

    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 fretboard.

    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.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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