Truss Rod at the Heel

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  1. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I'm just wondering why so many hate the truss rod adjustment at the heel on a Telecaster? I've got a tool that a buddy gave me that adjusts at the heel with out taking the neck off. It works great. I do have to take the pick guard off but that only takes me a couple minutes. I'm sure most have seen this tool and its very cheap.
    So do players just hate taking the pickguard off?
     

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  2. modavis99

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    I have that tool too, it’s great. I’m not sure everyone is aware of it.
     
  3. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    I learn so much from this forum. I would find it hard to believe that this tool would not be something celebrated by all vintage owners and vintage reissue owners. But then again I've been playing for 38 years and primarily vintage reissue type teles for almost 20 years and I never heard of it till a buddy of mine gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago. And he is far less knowledgeable with gear than me.
     
  4. bender66

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    I love the look of the plug or clean headstock & never thought it was an issue. People just wanna hate on minor inconveniences.
     
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    In part, it has to do with the fact that Fender themsleves realised that it was a stupid thing to do and therefore in later designs - stopped doing it.
     
  6. Chunkocaster

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    I prefer the adjustment at the heel, I like the vintage look and removing the neck is not an issue since I know how to work a screwdriver.
    It's only a mild inconvenience when first installing and setting up a new neck.

    Adjustment on the headstock is more convenient if adjustment is ever needed but it's a step closer to owning a pointy guitar imo and teles should not need to be adjusted very often if at all.:)
     
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  7. GuitarKid

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    I've never had to adjust the truss rod on any of my vintage style Fenders. They're very stable. I also don't like to see a hole on the headstock.
     
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    I also dislike holes in the headstock..atleast on Fenders. And I dont like that the truss rod nut is hidden.


    Heel truss rods -*thumbs up emoji*
     
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  9. golfnut

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    Yes I also prefer to have the truss rod at the heel. The only time I ever adjust the truss rod is if it comes back from a set up that I'm not satisfied with or I'm playing around with different setups. Seasonal changes haven't really affected it. But it does hang on the wall flanked by my 2 Martin Authentics where I monitor and control the humidity.
     
  10. El Tele Lobo

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    I find headstock-adjust necks to be more prone to neck dive. Heel-adjust necks seem to balance better. I also hate truss rod adjustment screws with hex heads. I find the Phillips screw much harder to strip out, especially when it isn't buried in a tiny hole. Added benefit, I don't have to keep track of a special took for truss-rod adjustment.

    I don't mind removing the neck to adjust mine. Doesn't take too long and I've gotten where I can do it and still keep most of the strings on (a capo helps).
     
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    Is the tool a paint can opener? Works great!

    Adjusting the truss rod should a rare anyway. Better yet, get a snake head Esquire and fahget abatit!
     
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    Got a pic of the tool?
     
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    I don't often have to adjust a truss rod, but when I do I prefer the Gotoh Side Adjuster Thingy.

    Ingenious invention. No idea why all mfrs haven't adopted it.
     
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    I prefer it in the heel, personally. From my limited experience I feel like the neck is more responsive-feeling when there is less mass in it, rather than more.

    Feel free to contradict this, anyone - it's probably just woo-woo on my part. Maybe the differences in feel are from other causes.
     
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    Heel adjust is a better look for sure. I've got three of them. I've not needed to adjust any of them this year.

    That right angle adjuster tool is nifty, but only if you have that bite taken out of the body between the neck pocket and the neck pickup cavity. Mine are all intact, no bites taken.

    And it's no big deal anyway. Slack the strings, capo to keep things organized, back off the neck screws to get at the adjuster. I usually spend more time cleaning under the strings than I do on the adjustment. LOL
     
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    For guitars with an easily removable pickguard, or a notch in the guard (and maybe the body too), it's not too difficult to adjust with the Stewmac tool. Without those, you have to at least loosen the neck to get access, maybe take the strings off to get the pickguard off, or maybe just take the neck off ... in short, a PITA.
     
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    Heel truss adjuster. Easy to do. No futzing trying to drill the hole a the headstock, no special tool, no weakened headstock.
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    Or +1 the wheel style.

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    I only need to tweek the trussrod every 5-10 years so I don't find a heel-adjust to be much of a problem at string changes.
     
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