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The truss rod issue
after talking to a few shops. the forums here. i decided to do it myself… they quoted me about 250 dollars for the shop to do it. then one nice guy who worked at a shop said… you know you can order a truss rod for 10 dollars and if you do it yourself thats all it costs. if you get stuck call me back and i will tell you what to do. so thats it. 8.79 cents saved a 300 dollar neck in about an hour of time. all i needed was some wood glue. a truss rod, an exacto blade and bunch of elastic bands to hold the fret board to the neck tight while it dries for a cpl days
Is that the same nice guy who told me you only need four empty Coke bottles, a wheelbarrow and some ordinary household bleach to build a Jumbo jet! I don't know many Luthiers who use rubber bands to fit a fret board
well to be fair he said clamps are best. rubber bands will work. and its just to hold it in place while the glue dries
Do you know what type of truss rod it is?
Two Way Steel Truss Rod 22 3/4" (580mm. i ordered 4 so i dont have this issue again
So just so I understand, you are going to separate the fingerboard from the neck with an Exacto blade, rout a new channel to take the flat bottomed double acting truss rod then glue it back together and clamp it with rubber bands? good luck, I really mean that
no i used an exacto blade to create a gap to lift. im going to use either an iron on a low temp sitting on the frets or hot steam to get the glue to give.
and its the same rod thats already in there. i may even be able to rethread and repair the one thats there. wont know till its open
If it's a D A Rod that's in there you might be able to pull it out of the neck where the adjustment nut was. D A rods don't need to be anchored to the neck and so can be easily removed if necessary, Rickenbacker rods are removable. You will need to drill the end of the rod and insert a stud remover, which is a tapered bar with a reverse thread, you screw it into the hole you drilled then use it to pull the truss rod out, they come in different sizes and usually in sets. I'm gonna be brutal and frank but you will never get the fingerboard off in a month of Sundays
lol it is already half off
you use the iron on the frets while holding your finger on one of the frets off to the side a little so the iron doesnt touch it. once your finger has to be moved because its too hot you stop. pry it up gently a cpl inches. throw a spacer in so it doesnt close again or reglue. then let it sit for a bit and cool down. and you have a gap. move onto next part and repeat. works fine just takes time
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