Where to find spoke wheel truss rods for bass at a reasonable price?

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  1. zorgzorg2

    zorgzorg2 Tele-Meister

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    Hi all,

    I'm planning my next project which be basically a precision bass. Now I like the truss rods with a spoke wheel nut, and have been using them successfully in my two guitar builds, but I can't seem to find them for bass neck lengths. I know stewmac sells them, but I find 30$ too expensive, when I can get a working double action rod for 10$ from eBay. Also, adding 20$ shipping from the US feels like robbery (what's with postal services in the US??).

    So I am turning to the tdpri hive-mind :) do you guys know where to get those? Alternatively where to find the spoke wheel nut alone that I could attach to a generic truss rod then?

    Thanks!
    Martin
     
  2. RickyRicardo

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    The longest I can see is 480mm and you should have something longer than that. I used 24"/600mm truss rods in the ones I've built but they had the regular nut. And they were inexpensive. You could contact Black Dog and Guitars and Woods as they sell spoke wheel rods. Maybe they can find you one and they are in Europe.
     
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    Good question. I like the spoke wheel truss rod and found some long enough for bass on ebay. But I didn't like them--they seemed poorly made and had a lot of extra width toward the spoke wheel end, messy and not uniform. Stew Macs guitar truss wheel rods seem to be better made.
     
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    Use carbon fiber rods, make sure the neck is straight while building. It shouldn't move with multiple carbon rods.
     
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    Thanks for the tips guys! As I mentioned, I can't find any on eBay, so I'll contact g&w again, I had good experience with them. @Bugeater281 if I understand you correctly, the carbon rods can't be adjusted, right? So no way to tweak the neck relief?
     
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    No, if you read up on graphite inserts you have to be careful with truss rods. The truss rod can blow out the fretboard because they don't move much. Modulus use to use graphite plates on their basses and they were used by a lot of musicians. They were great road guitars because they would not move even when traveling to places with opposite climatesX
     
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    I'm using a wheel truss rod bought from Black Dog in the UK on my current (guitar) build and I have to say I won't be using one again. It's slightly twisted and routing the channel was annoying - multiple different depths. Also it's wrapped in blue plastic which means it's not the 6.25 mm width it should be, even 6.35mm was too tight. In the end I just took the plastic off. Not good enough. Next time I'll use a Hot Rod from Stewmac and turn it upside down like Fletcher does. I'm not sure if they do bass sized ones, but if they do I'd look elsewhere first.
     
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    Cool. Make sure you post your build!
     
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    If you insist :) but I have to issue a warning here: I'm still a newbie, the bass will only be my 3rd build!
     
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    Lots of newbie builds posted here. Go for it!
     
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