Strings should be tuned to how you play the guitar (standard or alternate tuning) while adjusting the truss rod. On the Ibanez RG we’re using as a test subject, the truss rod’s under the truss rod cover (no surprise!). You'll need a 1/4" thin walled nut driver to make the adjustment. when the curvature is at its prime, replace the headstock plate or the pick guard. If its your only guitar, then I recommend bringing it to the music store. on Introduction. over time changes in temperature and moisture warp the neck. TRUSS ROD LOOSE: When the truss rod is too loose, the neck bows forward. The second way [the lazy mans way], which is the way I usually do it has basically the same idea as the first way but you measure from the 12th fret., only you don't measure. The truss rod is fairly rugged, so you shouldn't worry about experimenting with different adjustments. If its a fender style bridge each saddle has two bolts on each saddle which will raise the action individually.When raising or lowering the action make slow and small increments to the bolts [as usual]. This is why, in the 1980s, double-action truss rods began to be used widely. Loosen the nut if the neck is back-bowed. However with good intention and good judgment this won't happen.Lets get down to the basics. Now before we begin we gotta make sure your neck has the right amount of curvature. Without a truss rod, your neck would bend to the tension of the strings, almost like a bow. Subscribe now for emails with guitar giveaways and prizes, cool deals, guitar news and more from Taylor Guitars! A good/fair amount of height should be around .1 mm to .4 mm. ]Make sure all the strings are relatively the same distance from the fret board. [you will see two truss rods on guitars and basses with more then the normal amount of strings ie. Adjusting the threads on the end of a truss rod counteracts the strings tension and will either increase or decrease the distance between the … Some times it's better to leave it to the professionals. what most people do to check neck curvature is look from eye level the headstock to the bridge, to get an idea of what the neck curvature looks like. Tune your guitar to pitch. Using a feeler gauge, check the distance between the top of the eighth fret and the bottom of the sixth string (Refer to the specifications chart for the proper measurement). I mean very smalltoo much loosening will cause major warp-age. Having problems with fret buzz on your guitar? Then the gap between the string and the 6th fret can be observed. Different gauges of strings may call for additional adjustment. One way to measure the amount of relief is to hold down the first and last frets, and to measure the height from the 7th fret. On older guitars [I've seen em like this on old Fender strats] the truss rod will be at the bottom of the neck and might require you to remove the pick guard. Now return to being the marvelous player you are. This is vital to know when playing with your your rod [har har har]. Many acoustic guitars use a 5mm, Gibson's usually use a 5/16's and fenders usually use a 1/8. make sure your allen wrench is nice and snug against the nut, because stripping the nut obviously won't lead to good results. Faved and fived, and I subbed you last time. From this point, you can adjust to your own preference. keep on Jaco'in. Although it can help by fixing the curvature in the neck and creating a more comfortable string height, you may want to try adjusting your bridge before you go fooling with your truss rod.Because the truss is an essential part to your guitar, messing with it can mess up your guitar. 6+ string basses and 12 string guitars.]. 3. tightening too much will cause it to snap. Tighten the truss rod adjusting nut to straighten a neck that has an up-bow. Turn the truss rod nut clockwise to counteract this condition. this is completely preference really, someone who might want to play slide will need more neck curvature then someone who wants to play metal. Along the way check the relief and curvature of the neck and keep adjusting till it's to your liking. If the string touches the fret then the curvature is too straight. If you have an old squier lying around from your days as a beginner, chances are it'll need a tune upThis Instructable will teach you the do's and do-nots of adjusting your truss rod.I AM NOT responsible or liable for your mistakes! Watch this video to learn how. To be safe, just get a bunch.3) screw driver, Truss rod (n) - Stabilizes and adjusts curvature or relief of a guitar neck.First things first. Over time, the wooden neck of your bass will bend or straighten slightly because of factors like the constant pull of the strings and changes in temperature and humidity. Start here for an easy overview of our acoustic line, Explore the design details of all current Taylor models, Solid woods and V-Class bracing meet exceptional value, Learn more about our revolutionary bracing system, The sleeker, more compact sibling of the original T5, The versatile semi-hollowbody with coil-splitting & more, Your dream Taylor electric. When adjusting a truss rod, in either direction, you are changing the force applied to the rod. After playing with your truss rod and string action, I guarantee your intonation will need fixing. i recommend loosening the nut before tightening.some people prefer taking off/loosening the strings before adjusting. You can use your strings as a "straight edge" by pushing them down to both the 1st and 14th frets simultaneously. Is the string action killing your fingers? This lowers the string height and increases string buzz. in that case you may need a new guitar]The truss rod is usually a steel or graphite rod which runs down the middle of your guitars neck. *Note* if your guitar or bass has duel action truss rods [two truss rods] this guide won't help you and i recommend going to a professional for this job. Next step is to fix the string action.if you have a tune-o-matic locking bridge, the adjustment will come from the saddle piece from the two screw on the end.