1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Adjusting a Vintage Truss Rod

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by PJ55, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    5,568
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    After many years of setting-up my Teles, adjusting truss rods with small screwdrivers, I had a thought of trying a paint can opener. Maybe other guys here have offered this approach, but it worked painlessly. Took the guard off, slid it under the strings and got an easy quarter turn with one of these. It doesn't bugger-up the screw, as trying to get a conventional screw-driver in position does, since the tool seats straight into the screw-slot. If it's well known here, apologies for the rehash. If not, get one of these for those tough to adjust neck-heel adjusters. My local paint store gives them out, free!


    6514269.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2018
    Steve Holt, Wally and Teleterr like this.
  2. colchar

    colchar Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,752
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    Location:
    The Great White North
    Great idea, but we have a different style here so I'd need someone to mail one of those to me!
     
  3. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    5,568
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    I don't recognize the flag....where's the Great White North? From Philadelphia, that sounds like Canada, but the flag's all wrong.
     
  4. Amby

    Amby Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    988
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Location:
    Stirlingshire, Scotland
    The flag is the Scottish saltire.
     
  5. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    9,331
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Godzone
    St Andrews cross

     
  6. Amby

    Amby Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    988
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Location:
    Stirlingshire, Scotland
    Same thing.
     
    notmyusualuserid likes this.
  7. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    17,803
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Location:
    Western Connecticut
    I use one of these. Similar, but it fits the slot precisely, no chewing it up, and one side is 45 degree angle, so I can get a full rotation from only 22.5 degrees of travel. Nice when the pickguard is just slid back a little bit. Or on a Strat, where I've "broken" the neck, like a shotgun, but don't want to remove it all the way.


    [​IMG]
     
  8. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Age:
    45
    Posts:
    14,033
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    After trying to make the paint can opener work for years, I finally broke down and spent the $7 for StewMac's tool. It's light years better, and I wish I'd bought it in the first place.
     
  9. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,138
    Joined:
    May 29, 2016
    Location:
    Kansas

    It's amazing how many times I've been through Stewmac's website looking for things I don't need, and have still never seen this!
     
  10. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    5,568
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    A quarter turn, either direction is all that seems to be needed in this climate. I hadn't seen the Stew-Mac tool before, but that would certainly work fine for me, too.
     
  11. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    17,803
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Location:
    Western Connecticut
  12. PJ55

    PJ55 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    5,568
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    The end of my paint can opener looks the same as the StewMac tool, so although I have tons of StewMac tools, this is one I think have covered and mine will open my beer when I'm done the set-up. ;)
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.