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New StewMac Truss Rods

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by thecableguy, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. thecableguy

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    I like the tools more...
     
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    I suspect ebay impacted their hotrod sales a bit.
     
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    I like the luthiers mercantile ones but they are thicker
     
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    Does anyone have a link to the ones on ebay?
     
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    Thanks, I'll check them out.
     
  8. mlp-mx6

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    Do those tools look long enough to use on a headstock adjust install? The demo pictures indicate to me that they are not. The drill chuck would not clear the headstock, even after the headstock is thinned.

    EDIT: I just sent a similar question to StewMac. We'll see what they say.
     
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    I think a lot of SM tools are unnecessary and way overpriced, But just from looking at the new Low Profile Truss Rod and installation tools I might have to buy them. The price seems reasonable.
     
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    I bet many of those tools really do the trick on certain jobs and are time savers to the pro repair guy. I wouldn't mind the knob puller, Gibson switch tightener, and the truss rod renewer thing that cuts new threads. As far as the other ones, I'm sure that the need probably arose somewhere for their development to solve one problem or another. To somebody who doesn't do those repairs on a regular basis, they'd probably pass on many of them. I'm sure if you do this long enough...you get tired of making your own tools.
     
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    The router bit with 3 cutters and a shear angle onto it is pretty cool.

    I've done plenty of them with heel adjust just using a drill, as opposed to their fancy tool for that. Probably a timesaver in a busy shop though.
     
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    Those are the ones I use and they seem fine. The only minor issue I have is they fit in a 1/4" channel up until the adjustment end where they are a touch wider so you break out the chisel and widen the slot a bit. They are well built and I think the price is right. I wouldn't know how they compare to others such as the bitterroot ones that a lot of guys around here like.
     
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    I'm sure that the specialty tool looks like a good deal when a pair of pliers go sliding off a nut and ding the finish on the job you aren't making any money on to begin with...:)
     
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    Yeah Richard I route the nut end 5/16 wide so it will fit. A 5/16 router bit at that end works well.
     
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    The rods are about the same price as the eBay ones. I agree their tools can be a bit expensive but sometimes they're worth saving hours of aggravation.
     
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    And here is the StewMac reply:

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for contacting us. It would work on a headstock adjustment for a Gibson style neck or a neck with an angled peghead, but not for a strat neck.

    If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us.

    Best regards,

    PJ Gilmore
    Customer Service
    Stewart-MacDonald

    So there you go.
     
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    Not so fast...maybe there I don't go :D. I see no reason these wouldn't work for Fender headstock adjust if installed like this Martin-style rod:
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    fretboard glued on:
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    and finished:
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    Since the round part of the rout is larger than the square part of the rout, unlike the Martin where the square portion is larger than the round-bottomed part, it would be just a little bit trickier to do the rout, but not too bad.

    What do you guys think about that? I am thinking of buying a couple of these rods and trying it out as a headstock adjust.

    Did somebody say the OD of the nut housing is 5/16"? Is that exact? Might need a new round bottomed bit if that's so (good excuse!); the Martin is 3/8" nut, and 7/16" for the square part.

    Rex
     
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    The question I asked was about the special tool they sell, not the truss rod.
     
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    Ah, thanks. I understand now and concur with the Stew Mac response about the applicability of the installation tool set on a headstock adjust install. But not so much because their shafts are too short but because of the geometry of the headstock. I think a routed recess for the hex key needs to be made from above, and would not work if attempted along the axis of the rod.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    That said, I'm still interested if anyone has done as I did with the Martin rod with one of these or their eBay clones?

    Thanks to all and thanks for the clarification,
    Rex
     
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