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  •  Freely moving the truss rod

    Rick,
    I just came across a site mentioning you and having many questions that you have answered. Hopefully you can answer mine. I'm in the military currently serving in Korea. A couple of days ago all the items that I shipped from home arrived and I began going through making sure all was well. Unfortunately the first thing I checked was my Schecter Gryphon guitar that I purchased in June.

    I noticed that the case was broken by the headpiece and upon opening the guitar, noticed that the truss rod was pushing against the truss rod cover at the peghead. I removed that cover and discovered that I can pretty much freely move the truss rod back and forth. Knowing that I do not have the tools or know how for this kind of repair, can you explain to me what I am probably going to be looking at as far as cost, etc? Also, would you happen to have any idea how damage like this may have occured? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. -Jerrit R. Sill
  • Ricks Answer to - freely moving the truss rod

    Jerrit,
    This does not sound very good. It sounds to me like it recieved a very hard knock in transit and maybe has broken the rod. I'm not sure what type rod they put in your guitar but I would first try to tighten the rod, if it continues to move and never tightens up in the wood then I feel sure it is broken.

    Some rods are made so that they can be removed and replaced while others you would have to take the fret board off the neck and replace the rod and reglue the fretboard bask in place. This will be fairly expensive. Hopefully you may have some recourse on the shipping company as they should be responsible but sometimes they do not pay for what they damage.

    Your description of the damage to the case near the peghead tells me they broke it bad. It probably landed on the peghead end straight downward. If the rod does not tighten then I would suggest taking the guitar to a very good repairman and have them check it and give you an estimate on the cost. I hope this thing comes out OK for you.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar



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