Baja truss rod adjustment

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  1. vishnu

    vishnu Tele-Meister

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    is there much trouble to tweaking the truss rod down at the heel end compared to at the headstock?

    is it straightforward or does something have to be removed?
     
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    I have an old Proto right angled screw driver that does the trick quite nicely. Don't know where you could buy one, the one's at Harbor Freight don't work.
     
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    ah ..COOL! ^

    thanks guys :)
     
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    Just loosen the 4 bolts and slide the neck slightly out of the pocket and access the TR it is no big deal.
     
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    PCollen Friend of Leo's

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    I've always found it better to adjust the truss rod when the neck is fully mounted, and the stringsare on the guitar and at proper tension.
     
  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Helpful. I have two of these. Thanks.
     
  8. jefrs

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    Right angled screw driver.
    Remove the pick guard. Keep the strings on and tuned. That way you can adjust whilst playing it, the bridge/saddles usually want adjusting at the same time. I find this best because you can tweak it until it is just right; it takes not one adjustment but a series of them.
    Do not undo the heel screws or the neck will shift unpredictably (the neck screws can be loosened with the strings on to realign and seat the neck but this is not the time to do that); Murphy's Law says that if you do it this way you'll get fret buzz.

    I made my right angled screwdriver by taking an Allen key to the bench grinder. Whatever you use, the blade needs to be short and stubby, the normal bought ones are too long to get between pickup and heel.
     
  9. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    You should not need to dismount the neck on an ash bodied Baja. The heel sits a little higher in that pocket - better access than many other Teles.

    I never have to touch the adjustment on any of my Bajas, tho, in actual use.
     
  10. DeTerminator

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    A paint can opening tool worked just fine on mine. I removed the pickguard, and detuned the strings when I did it. Not sure if you have to (detune), though. Took a couple of minutes.
     
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    As long as you're not fighting it is fine to do this while the guitar is tuned to pitch.
     
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    Glad I clicked this thread in case my Baja ever needs some tweaking. I'm used to having to remove the neck to get this done with Teles.
     
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    Hi. You are in Scotland and the StewMac tool shipping costs are higher than you want.

    I've just had a thread here about that because I wanted a cost effective tool that made it simple to do at the heel without removing more than the pickguard.

    Here's what I bought:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wera-920A...f89b052&pid=100039&rk=1&rkt=4&sd=371351146517


    It's cheap and fits in the slot between the end of the neck and neck pickup up perfectly - just remove the pickguard. The tip of this tool is a little smaller than is ideal, but there's enough there to safely operate.
     
  14. colchar

    colchar Friend of Leo's

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    Mistaken post - question already answered.
     
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    thanks Bro...that looks GREAT! :)
     
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