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Stripped truss rod nut
Ricks Answer to - Stripped truss rod nut
I had a friend set up my Godin SD and he managed to strip the truss rod nut. After despairing,
I looked on the internet and found your suggestion to back out the nut with an easy out bit. By
the way, other sites say all hope is lost if you do not wish to replace the neck. I plan on trying
your technique. I just wanted to know what kind of precautions should I observe? Should I use a power
drill? I am a bit afraid that the drill will spin the truss rod damaging the neck.
Also do I just purchase the replacement nut from a hardware store?
It really depends on the type nut that is in there. If it is a long nut that has the inside hex
where allen wrench fits then you can back it out with the wrench. If the wrench keeps turning the
nut but it still will not back out but only turns, then an easy out will grab the inner hollow
of the nut which will give you some hope of pull while you turn it counter clockwise.
Needle nose pliers, or anything that will grip the nut and pull it outward while it turns. But remember,
even after the nut is removed we still have the strip threads on the end of the rod. Sometimes
you might be able to find a nut that is undersized a little and maybe be able to get it to rethread
itself onto the rod threads. A stainless nut is much harder than the mild stell on the rod so it
should recut the threads to match the nut but you must only turn it clockwise a small amount allowing
it to cut into the mild steel rod end and then reverse it and then do this back and forth going a
little tighter each time as you are carving new threrads on the end of the rod.
Again this all depends on what type nut is there. In some cases it is worth trying bexause otherwise you have to replace
the neck or take the fretboard off the neck, re-insert a new rod, then put the fretboard back on the neck.
It also depends on how much damage was done to the threads on the rod. Always when tightening a truss rod be
sure the string tension is very loose. If the string are still tight and tuned then you have a lot of pressure
working against the tightening and you have to over force and that's what strips threads and breaks rods.
The easy out is only a suggestion of a way to remove the stripped nut. I would not use a drill as this would
turn the nut too fast. In some cases the rod can be pulled out of the neck but only if the neck wwas built in such a
way as the rod can slide out. Most of the time it's best to just take the fretboard off and replace the entore rod
but often times the guitar may to low end value to do such repairs. It is a real challenge no doubt.
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