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Another trussrod channel question

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by LeftyAl, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

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    Sorry to bring this up again.I thought I understood that the channel is not flat.I was looking at youtube today and all the videos seem to show people using their router to make a straight flat channel.I'm sure I remember seeing here on TDPRI,someone making a jig that left a curved route .Did I miss something?
     
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    Depends on what rod you are using. A traditional Fender single rod works in a curved channel that is routed into the neck. The 2 way hot rod styles are in a flat channel. You can make the flat rout on a router table or jig, or even using the router and a router guide.

    This was a thread for a bass neck truss rod jig, same idea but is longer obviously:
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/diy-tool-shed/526847-complete-truss-rod-jig-build.html


    Here is a curved guitar rod jig thread. Others can be found with the search feature above.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/288763-single-action-truss-rod-channel-jig.html
     
  3. Wheelie

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    If you are doing a Fender style compression truss rod, you need to rout a curved channel.
     
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  5. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

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    thanks for the info.I wonder is the curved trussrod channel the preferred style?It seems to me to make sense.
     
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    I'd say the curved rod causes more neck reaction for less turns of the adjustment nut than a straight rod, so if you are using a single rod, then yes and it is more preferred by tradition more than anything else. Is it imperative....no.
     
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    I always use dual action rods... for 2 reasons.

    1 - it's easier to rout a flat channel than a curved channel.
    2 - if you ever develop back-bow a dual rod will adjust for that.

    I'm working on a project right now that I want to "look" vintage correct but I'm using a dual action truss rod... so I have added a fake skunk stripe to the back.
     
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    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    Do a flat channel for your first one. Its easier and the 2way rods adjust for upbow and backbow.

    The truss rods cost more, but they're worth it. I recommend LMI's truss rods because they're just flat 1/4" channel so the install is super easy. StewMacs 'hot rods' are also flat channel but they require an odd size bit (or careful routing of the channel in 2 passes with a smaller bit).

    The curved channel one way rod is nice because its vintage correct and the rod itself is cheap to make if you have a tap and die set.
     
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