Harmony Rocket with Truss Rod Question

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  1. gillman royce

    gillman royce Member

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    Hey all !

    When Harmony went to a truss rod in the Rocket, did they change neck wood or is/was it still poplar ? THX!
     
  2. Sweetfinger

    Sweetfinger Supporting Member

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    Looks like Poplar to me.
     
  3. gillman royce

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    Thanks. My tech, who's also a luthier, couldn't believe how strong poplar is as a wood. Why Harmony went to a truss rod flies in the face of the logic that the neck/neck wood contributes to a guitar's tone and thus if you eliminate some of mass by cutting in a truss rod, you alter/soften/weaken the tone. Comments ?
     
  4. Sweetfinger

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    You're adding mass by installing a truss rod and most guitars (including Harmony) that don't have an ADJUSTABLE truss rod still have a non-adjustable truss rod. On your old Harmony that says "Steel reinforced neck"- it has a steel rod in the center.
     
  5. gillman royce

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    Thanks - I'd forgotten 'bout the ' SRN'
     
  6. Boris Bubbanov

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    Yes, I refinned the neck on mine and it sure looked like poplar.

    I believe that is why the neck "took off" so soon on me after I bought the guitar, new.

    And I think that's why the guitar sounded like poop next to a Gibson ES I had access to.
     

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