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Freely moving the truss rod
Ricks Answer to - freely moving the truss rod
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
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
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.