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Does this truss rod nut on my new Tele look strange to you?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by RavageTheEarth, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. RavageTheEarth

    RavageTheEarth Tele-Meister

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    Just picked it up today. It's hard to see inside, but I have to go pretty deep into the truss rod access point at the top of the neck to even hit anything, much further than my Mustang. I decided to try to take a picture inside of it and see what was going on before trying anything else and now I'm just confused...

    Am I missing something here? Am I being stupid? It looks like a part of this is missing.

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    Hard to tell for sure, but it looks to me that a former owner may have stripped out the truss rod by using a too-small allen wrench?
     
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    It was a floor model at GC. Had the plastic on. That doesn't mean someone couldn't have bought it and returned it in this state. I don't understand how a person could strip this so badly. Like did they use a Nascar air tool to try to tighten the rod? This just doesn't look right to me. I guess this guy is going back to GC tomorrow for a return.
     
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    Toast. Take it back.
     
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    Perhaps the neck has an issue and someone just kept tightening it until it stripped trying to make it straight.
     
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    I think it just looks worse than it is. Try a 5-6mm key in it.
     
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    The nut is exactly where it's supposed to be and the plastic sleeve looks scuffed up.
    Is that about what you see?
    Hard to tell in the pic.
    What's wrong in your opinion?
    Have you tried an allen wrench in the nut to see if it fits and adjusts the rod?
     
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    milocj Friend of Leo's

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    It looks like it may just have had some overspray in it from the neck finishing process and that maybe the poly got a bit scuffed up on the edges of the hex during final setup.

    Like mentioned above I would try to see if the proper truss rod wrench will fit inside properly and add or subtract relief.
     
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    I guess we all see something different. I can't even see any "hex" left inside the nut. It looks corroded or something - perhaps overspray as mentioned above. Solder?? But I also see a single metal flake on the nut beside the A string that looks like it could have come from inside there. Bottom line - if a proper hex wrench won't connect, it is useless.
     
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    Bring it to GC's "repair department" and let the 17 year old guy put the allen wrench in and see if it adjusts. If it doesn't, you didn't touch it or strip it and it's not your fault.
     
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    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I’m struggling to see what’s left in there, but I’d be taking it back whatever
     
  12. RavageTheEarth

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    That metal flake you are seeing is actually some translucent nut sauce. You are correct though. There is less than a mm of hex in there and it kind of looks like some welded metal behind it, perhaps where the nut used to be welded. I'm about to head out to go return it now. What a bummer!
     
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    Good thing you checked it before the return policy ran out. You didn't say what the model was, but if you really LOVE it, perhaps they would replace the neck for you with a different used neck, or give you a big partial refund to pay for one??
     
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    It's a Fender Nashville Deluxe Tele. For $825 I'd like to have something without a piece missing off of it!!! I'm parked outside right now. They open in 20 minutes so I'll update you guys on what happened.
     
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    Good luck! Yes, let us know the result!
     
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    So they overwhelmingly agreed and was just as confused as I was. So I walked out with this baby brand spankin' new in the box. She'll have locking tuners on it tomorrow.

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    Locking tuners? Why? Those split shaft vintage keys are the best, IMO.

    You just cut the string two posts past where it's going, drop it in the hole, and start winding. Doesn't get much easier than that. And no string ends to poke you, hence the name Saf-T-Post.
     
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    These three all have good working truss rods that are not pretty to look at.
     
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    The nut needs replaced. You can get the bad one out with a tapered allen head wrench like the ones that Stewmac sells. No need for a new neck, but I would take the guitar back for an exchange or get Guitar Center to pay for the fix if I felt like keeping it.
     
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