What's up with this truss rod?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by mindwave_21, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. mindwave_21

    mindwave_21 Member

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    I got a project guitar recently off of eBay. Mixed thoughts right now as of what to make of the build, but what I'm really confused about is the truss rod. It doesn't look like anything I've ever seen before. There's no slot for an allen wrench, and it doesn't have a nut on the end...it's just a cylinder. I think it's installed backwards, but the seller insured me that it's working. He told me that it's a "hot rod trussrod".

    I've attached a photo. Any thoughts?
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  2. Structo

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    That is strange looking.
    Usually that type accepts a hex wrench (Allen wrench).
    Maybe it is a hex head but somebody stripped it?
     
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    Not sure, but the allen wrench included to adjust the bridge (slightly larger than the allen wrench to adjust bridge saddle height in a fender guitar) doesn't fit in there; the wrench is too big.
     
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    That nut or whatever it is looks kind of corroded.
    I'll bet it's stripped.

    What make and model is this guitar?

    Does the relief need adjusting?
     
  5. Mike9

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    That looks like a Hot Rod style two way Truss. The hex key nut is welded onto the rod and yes it looks corroded and stripped. You might give Stew Mac a call and see if there's a rescue kit for it. They sell those types of rods so maybe they can advise you.
     

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