What the heck kind of tool do I need for my truss rod?

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  1. Dbsoundman

    Dbsoundman TDPRI Member

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    This is a really weird one, partscaster I picked up on Reverb. The action is really high, so I went to adjust the truss rod...but no allen wrenches "bite". I tried taking pictures of the hole, it's not easy but it doesn't look like it has...anything in there? Tried a phillips screwdriver, nothing either.

    Help?

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    New one to me. Could the nut be gone? Is there another adjustment point on the other end of the rod?
     
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    A (plastic) plug covering the truss rod adjuster maybe?
     
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    I would have to remove the neck to figure that out right?
     
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    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    If you can't see anything by the pickguard, yes. But I wouldn't bother yet - likely someone here is more familiar than myself. Do you know what brand of neck it is? It doesn't seem to have a Fender neck plug.
     
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  7. Dbsoundman

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    I'm guessing it's a no-name company neck, but I do like the feel of it!
     
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    I'd ask the seller...
     
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    take the 2 string off or out of the way that are closest to the truss rod adjustment.
    and then take a picture. your camera/phone is autofocusing on the strings.
    it could be an octupus in there and I can't see it.

    worst case if you cant figure it out, you can superglue a tool in there. adjust it and then use acetone to break the superglue bond. its like welding a rod onto a broken automotive nut, a technique used since the invention of the stripped bolt.
     
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    You shouldn't adjust action with the truss rod. You only adjust relief with it. Unless you can see a huge up-bow in the neck, the truss rod isn't your answer. You may need to adjust your bridge or possibly add a shim to the neck. Check your neck with a straightedge, and unless there is a significant up-bow, leave well enough alone for now.
     
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    You're right, I'm new to making my own adjustments, just remembered to check and sure enough the relief is right on.

    I also messaged the seller (duh) to find out what he used to adjust teh truss rod in case that ever becomes a problem.

    I'll fiddle with adjusting the saddles later on.
     
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    this is true. I learnt it the hard way. but it does help one to learn how a guitar really works. also its a great excuse to buy more tools, I've got 2 notched fret rulers now
    I swear by them.

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    Seller replied, he did use an allen wrench but he's not sure what size. I think maybe I just need an "in-between" size, my allen wrench sets are not very big so I don't have every increment out there.
     
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    Is it metric?
     
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    I have a no-name neck whose truss rod nut looks like yours. Mine takes a 4mm hex wrench, and it's quite deep in the hole, well past the top of that silver-colored sleeve. A hex wrench that's too short at the business end won't reach it.
     
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    More than Likely 4mm or 3/16. If it' 3/16 be carful as the 4mm will fit but it's slightly smaller and you may strip the recess.
     
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    Maybe it has just be stripped out therefore it is now toast
     
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    You tried both metric and imperial allen wrenches I assume. Also, you do know that the truss rod is not how you adjust action.
     
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    5mm Allen key I reckon. My Squier is a 5mm but need a long series ball end to reach it.
     
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