make sure your allen wrench is nice and snug against the nut, because stripping the nut obviously won't lead to good results. Without a truss rod, your neck would bend to the tension of the strings, almost like a bow. Strings should be tuned to how you play the guitar (standard or alternate tuning) while adjusting the truss rod. Adjust the truss rod if necessary; Adjusting the Truss Rod [you will see two truss rods on guitars and basses with more then the normal amount of strings ie. Having problems with fret buzz on your guitar? A gap slightly thinner than a business card is about right. thanks for a great presentation. Have a pudding pop for your troubles. Luckily for you, I've made an instructable for that too! We’ve removed the locking nut string clamps and retainer bar to de-clutter it. Brought to life by you, Tips for finding the right electric guitar, Compare videos and specs for multiple guitars, Explore innovative designs that open musical paths for guitar players of all styles, Free eBook download to help find the perfect guitar for you, All the video help you'll need to find your perfect guitar, Explore our guitars with videos by series, woods, and features, The stories that make Taylor guitars the best in the world, Learn through expert reviews, shootouts, demos, and more, Questions? And under such tension your neck would either warp or snap rather quickly. *Note* On acoustic guitars, this will be a lot different and will be a lot more difficult to address the problem. If the strings on a guitar are 1/2″ off the frets then the guitar has way too much relief. If the strings are actually resting on the frets then they have no relief. *Note* if your guitar or bass has duel action truss rods [two truss rods] this guide won't help you and i recommend going to a professional for this job. Proper use of the truss rod enables you to "balance" the tension on the neck and adjust the amount of bow to fit your playing style. CUSTOMER SERVICE UNITED STATES & CANADA 1-800-943-6782, CUSTOMER SERVICE EUROPE & INTERNATIONAL +31 (0)20 667 6033, Copyright © 2012-2020 TAYLOR-LISTUG, INC. All Rights Reserved / ACTUAL PRICES ARE SET BY GLOBAL DEALERS. In fact, you need them on and tuned to the correct pitch to make sure you get the relief correct. on Step 1. dude what make is your guitar there its looks like the 1 charlie scene from hollywood undead uses? Loosen the nut if the neck is back-bowed. This technique is useful because it eliminates the bridge and nut (the overall string height, or action) from the equation and lets you look only at the shape of the neck. never adjust any more then it can adjust.'. The truss rod is fairly rugged, so you shouldn't worry about experimenting with different adjustments. One way to measure the amount of relief is to hold down the first and last frets, and to measure the height from the 7th fret. Tip: A magnetic tip screwdriver with no tip inserted often fits. Inspect the curvature of the neck. With the strings tuned to concert pitch, place capos on frets one and 15, then check the gap between the top of fret seven and the bottom of the strings To increase the relief, turn the truss rod anti-clockwise; and to decrease relief, turn it clockwise. Through practice, you will find that you can compensate for seasonal changes, different string gauges, different playing styles, and slightly worn frets simply by adjusting the truss rod. This is vital to know when playing with your your rod [har har har]. You'll need a 1/4" thin walled nut driver to make the adjustment. This lowers the string height and increases string buzz. Watch this video to learn how. I have a 74 Les Paul Custom that I was trying to adjust the Truss Rod to get less bow in the neck (she is too flat, getting string buzz). I mean very smalltoo much loosening will cause major warp-age. i prefer to keep them on/tight because you get to see where the strings will lie when adjusted, as where taking them off will make the neck straighter and throw you off. Alright. Next step is to fix the string action.if you have a tune-o-matic locking bridge, the adjustment will come from the saddle piece from the two screw on the end. Many acoustic guitars use a 5mm, Gibson's usually use a 5/16's and fenders usually use a 1/8. Tighten the truss rod adjusting nut to straighten a neck that has an up-bow. When turning the truss nut, turn in very small increments. So naturally loosening your truss rod will create more bend, and tightening it will create a straighter neck. Is the string action killing your fingers? [Or, if you like the neck curvature as is, just raise the action. so with a truss rod in place this will counteract that force. This pole provides resistance to the guitar strings which can create 100 lbs plus of neck tension. keeping them on will not damage the neck. Without a truss rod, your neck would bend to the tension of the strings, almost like a bow. Once you think the string is at a reasonable height to your standards, play the string on each fret to make sure there are no dead spots on that string. Now return to being the marvelous player you are. I have a feeling your instructables are going to become very useful to me some day! All [except classical] electric and acoustic guitars [and basses] have one and all at some point need adjustment. Here’s how to evaluate and adjust your electric or acoustic neck with a minimum of tools. Using a feeler gauge, check the distance between the top of the eighth fret and the bottom of the sixth string (Refer to the specifications chart for the proper measurement). Truss rod adjustments are made to alter the straightness (flatness) of the neck.Truss rods often require adjusting after changing string gauges or when temperature and humidity change the amount of bow in the neck.