How Tight Truss Rod Should Be

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  1. RoCkstAr256

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    I have two mexi Teles, the newer one has really right truss rod, i only have tried to turn it slighlty, it took me like twice as much force to do it. Truss rod tightness can be different ?
     

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    They should be in the center of the neck, not right or left.... :lol:
     
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    Quite right!
     
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    R is near T, damn keyboard. I meant tight
     
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    Some of mine need a bit of force (not excessive). It depends how much bow they’re offsetting. A neck that’s naturally straight can do so with a fairly loose truss rod. I would guess to looser one is just a naturally straighter neck.
     
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    « Hard to turn » does not equal « tight » in this case.
    If your neck relief is right, your truss rod cannot be too tight (unless it is already maxed out, in which case it is not normal in a newer guitar).
    But it may very well be that the screw is not lubricated enough to enable you to turn it easily enough. In this case wd40 is your friend!
    Also loosening your strings helps a lot and avoid to put too much stress on the screw.
     
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    It is quite hard to turn but not Impossible, i guess every guitar is different ?
     
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    I can already hear the collective groaning of the entire forum membership about using wd-40 for this purpose.
     
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    I do not see how it could do some damage if used once and little, but I am more than ready to stand corrected.
     
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    Right! A few years ago I had a luthier of good reputation build me a custom guitar and the truss rod was hard to adjust, so much that I did not dare to apply more strength to make it turn.
    His advice was: loosen the strings and put a drop of wd40 onto the screw. It worked perfectly and I’ve never had any trouble adjusting it since then.
     
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    Good to hear, i dont mind it being harder to push. It felt weird to my other guitar
     
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    When in doubt - twist in the OTHER direction first - to see how hard it is to turn.
    I don't know of ANYbody telling a story involving a "tight" trussrod adjustment that got better w/ application of More Force.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    I've done the same with 3-in-1 oil on a Q-tip, with the same result.
     
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    It was same in both directions
     
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    Hmmm... Traditional wisdom would be that eventually, it would loosen up if you keep turning it to the left. Which if it's that stuck, I would do very carefully, then lube the threads with a lubricant and re-tighten it back to where your desired relief (up-bow) is.
     
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    You are loosening your strings? Never turn a truss rod either way with strings at pitch!
     
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    I had a strat, tight truss rod, hard to turn, I used force, truss rod broken.. I got lucky it got covered by the store I bought it from and I just returned it and added cash for the next higher model..

    so now, I turn it lose first to check if its okay then tighten it a few turns at a time to see if it's maxxed out or I still have room for adjustment..

    although I had a Cort acoustic, it was really good sounding, but to get the neck straight, I had to turn the truss rod very tightly, almost maxxed, because Im using 12-54's at that time and the thin neck might be having a hard time with the heavier gauge tension on it..
     
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    I captured some photos of front of truss rod, this may help. Couldnt get better quality



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    How tight the nut is to turn on the rod would depend on the amount of force it is exerting on the neck in order to counteract the natural tendency to bow under tension from the strings. The tighter it needs to be, the harder it gets to turn.
     
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    From the photos i have posted, especially 4th photo. Does it look ok from top ?
     
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