How often do you adjust your truss rod?

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I can count the number of times on one hand that I've adjusted a truss rod.

    I almost adjusted it on a Chinese Les Paul copy that I had, but when I removed the "truss rod cover", there was no truss rod. So I sold it on craigslist....
     
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    In my case, I found that they GOT less attention because I never wanted to mess with them!:lol:
     
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    If it plays great and stays in tune, leave it as it is.
     
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    Every 12.6 years depending on moon phase...

    If it's a Les Paul with a broken off headstock, I usually don't adjust it, the lack of string tension messes it up, unless I can get a good duct tape/zip tie repair job workin'....... :)
     
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    I 3D printed a tele body. The neck I put on it is the one only time I have ever adjusted a truss rod. I only set up a guitar if something seems “off”. Like a string way to high or low. Im not a huge fan of constantly tuning things. I used to be an auto mechanic. When asked, I used to tell people the best thing they can do to keep a car running well is to keep the hood closed. If it aint broke don’t fix it.
     
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    I depends on the guitar and the time of year. I live in Toronto, so we get pretty wld variations in weather, and with it the furnace, or A/C. I live for the spring, summer and early fall so I can leave the furnace off. In as much my house has central A/C, in the 2o years I lived in it, it's been on no more than 15 or 20 times. It never went on once last summer.

    As soon as it's warm enough, I leave all of the windows open, and there's a ceiling fan in all off the rooms, except the bathrooms and the family room in the basement - though there is a floor fan down there. The necks on all three of my guitars go back to what I would consider their natural state under those circumstances. The humidity during that period varies from about 40% to over 80%. At some point in the early summer, I can stop tuning the guitars as the necks just find their spot.

    When the furnace comes on, as long as I keep all of them in their cases with humidifiers, I'm good. Over the past winter I had to adjust the truss rod on my Martin and my Strat. The Strat was decidedly dried out from leaving it on the stand all the time. I decided that given that it's a Custom Shop, I should probably take better care of it. The fret ends were protruding at the edges of the fret board and the action was too high. I dropped the action, and made two large humidifiers out of margin containers with sponges, and kept it locked up for about two months. The neck is perfect once again.

    I also have a Custom Shop R9. During the furnace season, it's always in the case when not in use, with 2 Oasis humidifiers. I've never adjusted the neck. The Martin needs no humidifiers or adjustments during the off-furnace season, but I don't leave it out when I'm not playing it. The dog's tail would easily take it out. So, in short form: It varies.
     
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    My gigging days were pre-internet and I never adjusted a truss rod then. I didn't know how, had no quick reliable way of finding out, but I had seen broken ones so I never touched it. If a guitar had a buzz, bow, or other problem I'd take it to a tech.

    Post-internet I have adjusted new acquisitions and others but only if there is a problem. I gigged with Fender and Gibsons in different climates, humidity, temp but I really have not had much need to adjust the necks. I spent much more attention to the affect of temp and humidity on tuning. I've probably had to adjust the truss rod or have it adjusted for me less than a dozen times in 50 years.
     
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