Truss Rod at the Heel

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  1. golfnut

    golfnut Friend of Leo's

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    And how would Norm know unless he took the neck off and checked the date. Getting a vintage guitar from God knows who, someone would have had to check.
     
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    He's psychic, duh.

    I'm not JB. I take off necks btw 'cause I just like to take stuff apart. But there are other ways to check...
     
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    "I never pop the necks, I don't need to know what the date is if it plays good. Because I pulled the necks off. I go 'I'm just bored, let's see what's going on. And it never plays right when you put it back." I found he said that online but I think he has said something like this in a few videos but I wouldn’t surprise me if was a Norm video cause I have watched a bunch of those too. He might have said something similar in that video where he is showing all the stuff in his collection too
     
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    Because you'd still need to slide the pickguard back a bit, and you can't, with all the stuff mounted on it. There IS a divot/gap as you call it, on my CS63 Strat, but it's not very useful.
     
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    Vintage truss-rod adjustment as done by a Fender employee, fast forward to 4:00...

     
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    "I do have to take the pick guard off" And that's enough to stop many from trying to make the truss rod adjustment.
     
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    Been using the painters "church key" for years on a heel truss rod adjustment.

    Are painters notoriously known for drinking?:confused: Why the bottle opener on their can tool?o_O:D
     
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    Bus load to the field
     
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    I've seen several examples of Teles that have the neck pickup attached to the pick guard rather than the body, with heel truss rod adjustment. If you want to make minor truss rod adjustments without removing the strings, you have to detach the pickup from the pick guard to get enough pick guard access to the truss rod screw even when using the 90 degree screwdriver. It's a real PITA to reattach that pickup - not impossible, just a PITA.
     
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    Well taking the pickguard off is a lot of little screws which can be stripped if not careful. I prefer the headstock adjustment. But it's so rare an adjustment.... usually due to different string gauge so really no big deal...
     
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    Also opens your brewski..
     
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    Yes. If you get to your local convenience store about 5 AM you can see them buying beer and honeybuns.
     
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    what is it and where do i get one. my Strat very rarely needs any adjusting, however, my Tele needs a little more relief every spring, it's weird, instead of going to Stonehenge my Tele (Doris) tells me it;s spring.
     
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    what is it and where do i get one. my Strat very rarely needs any adjusting, however, my Tele needs a little more relief every spring, it's weird, instead of going to Stonehenge my Tele (Doris) tells me it;s spring.
     
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    Me too. I hate the heel adjustment.
     
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    "I'm just wondering why so many hate the truss rod adjustment at the heel on a Telecaster?"

    Answer: too many guitarists with no imagination or mechanical inclination.

    Stewart McDonalds has been selling that S wrench for at least 25 years. Many other parts and luthier supplies sources have been selling similar ones as long as I can remember. You can even make one yourself from flat steel, heat a bit to bend. If you called Fender since the heel adjustment was first used and then again on the re-issues, they'd tell you where to buy one or make it yourself.

    Myself as a Luthier and having worked at Fender, I still prefer the "bullet" truss adjustment for the average guitarist. It isn't pretty if you are a vintage purist, but anyone with brain could adjust it with just an allen wrench and careful patience.
     
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    This thread is funny.

    I’ll admit it: Functionally, it’s not reasonable in 2019 to have a truss rod at the heel.

    The “wheel” is ugly as sin and ruins the look of an entire guitar.

    The headstock adjust isn’t getting noticed by anyone, except us. On maple necks, it even goes where the walnut stripe is, so there’s even less of an excuse.

    There are already holes on the headstock for tuners and string trees.

    Yet, my favorite Fenders all adjust at the ... heel.
     
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