How often do you adjust your truss rod?

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  1. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I’ve been playing a while. I’ve owned a bunch of guitars. I use strings ranging from 9’s to 11’s on electric and 12’s or 13’s on acoustic. I have only adjusted a truss rod a couple times in my life.
    Naturally, on my first guitar to see what it did, and on a few used ones I’ve bought where folks had them way out of whack.

    My Tele was given to me brand new in ‘01 as a first anniversary present. I’ve changed pickups pots and switch and even the bridge plate and saddles. Truss rod has never been touched.
    Action always feels about the same to me even if I change string gauge.

    Am I missing out on something, or not?
     
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  2. Peegoo

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    It totally depends on the guitar (the neck wood, actually). Different pieces of wood react differently to changes in temperature and humidity.

    Some necks are pretty 'whippy' and sensitive to string tension. The profile can markedly change when detuning to Eb, or changing to a different string gauge/set.

    Some necks are rock solid and never seem to need tweaking.

    Most necks are usually somewhere in the middle...
     
  3. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    Yes.

    I adjust them

    Yes.

    I travel a lot to different environments, temperature and humidity-wise.

    And, I adjust my acoustic guitars a lot.

    It seems they do require it fairly often (maybe 2+ times a year).

    I visually scan the neck from the headstock to the body.

    If I see any curvature (more than a little, either way), I make a very slight adjustment.

    I check a few daze later to see the results.

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    I also take a few electric guitars, too.

    I keep a close eye on them.

    Generally, they need less neck adjustment.
     
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  4. GuitarGeorge

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    After many years of bi annual truss rod adjustments, it finally dawned on me not to do it in the extreme of either summer or winter.
     
  5. teletimetx

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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If I'm staying in one area, maybe once in a blue moon. If I'm going from Houston (humid) to western Colorado (dry), I'll keep an eye on it and if necessary, maybe make a 1/8 to 1/4 turn, based on what I'm seeing, wait a day or two and see what it looks like then.

    I bought a guitar from GFS and had to make some considerable truss rod adjustment - it arrived with a bad fret sprout, and a neck with complete back bow, every fret buzzed, but fortunately, the truss rod worked just like it needed to and all was well. Donated that guitar to a good cause.

    It's not a bad idea to just check on the condition of the truss rod action, again once in a blue moon - sometimes they freeze up, etc. My 2 cents.
     
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    I check relief w/ a slotted straight edge couple times a year and adjust as needed, usually (as noted above) after extreme weather has passed - unless the guitar in question is playing like poo
     
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    Some I’ve never adjusted. Some need a little nudge a couple times a year. Two or three are moody little bastards that I hafta twist twice a month.
     
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    My Les Paul Studio, maybe 2 times since I bought it in 87. But I have a strat that I've owned for 3 years and it needs a tweak a couple a year
     
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    I don;t mind a decent amount of relief. Usually when I adjust a truss rod it's setting up for a gig and travel and weather conditions have made playing it a chore.

    Otherwise I leave it alone.
     
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    Like twice in the last thirty years
     
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    Seasonally. It varies from very humid to very dry where I live. The adjustment needed is very slight, 1/8 of a turn or less. More of a nudge really.
     
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    Usually after a string change (about every 2 months) I will adjust the setup and more often than not I will adjust neck relief as part of that process.
     
  13. Matthias

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    Some 2-3 times a year, others very rarely. It depends on the neck and how susceptible it is to changes.
     
  14. takauya

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    I'd just bend the neck.
     
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    I adjust all of them to get the action I want, then only periodically if they get out of whack (which is not very often).
     
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    I have a Gibson ES 225 that I got from my dad who bought it new in 1959. The guitar is a 58. It's never had the TR adjusted. My other guitars get an adjustment to get the relief right when I set them up. I've never had to tweak truss rods on any of them after initial set up. I use the same strings and don't switch back and forth between heavy and light sets. If you change string gauge a lot, then you might have to tweak the rod.
     
  18. stantheman

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    In 54 years - never - not once.
    Neck Resets on Guitars without Truss Rods. Twice.
     
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    Anyone else find that heel adjust necks seem to require less frequent attention?
     
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    um, not often .... maybe once a year, maybe not. Usually only because I've changed/done some work something else. Other than that I don't usually have to mess with them once they are set.
     
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