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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-07-2004, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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help with truss rod: trying to loosen, but the nut FALLS OFF

Hi everyone,

I am having some trouble with the truss rod on my gibson LP goth studio. The truss rod needs loosening, but it won't go any further because the NUT FALLS OFF. WTF?! I've never encountered this problem before. I'm not putting any unusually low tension on the neck or anything... I'm stringing with 11-52s and tuning down a whole step. If anything, I would think that this would exert MORE tension on the neck than the factory installed 9-42s in standard tuning, and the truss would need TIGHTENING. Which makes me wonder if something is wrong with my guitar? Anyone have any ideas?

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tune up to std tuning & let it set several days. if that fails, you'll need to have your neck relief set by a luthier w/ clamps over several days time (and then fret adjustment).

also get the axe in a climate-free environment... the heat/humidity will effect this dramatically... glen
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-07-2004, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for the quick reply! i will give the tuning up a try... leaving it that way for a few days is sometimes enough to make the neck curve in the other direction?

in the case that this doesn't correct the problem, how much can I expect to pay to have it professionally done?
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On a Les Paul neck I would actually suggest tuning it up a couple steps above normal pitch and leave it sit a few days, they are huge thick necks. If that doesn't work then as glen said you will have to have a luthier look at it. Les Paul necks are difficult for a few reasons. First they are very thick, it's tough to force them safely, second, the finish used Gibsons is very soft, it will need to be buffed out afterwards probably, and last, being a set neck is going to make it harder as well.

The cost could be anywhere as low as $50 is all it takes is some pressure and force to bring it back, to a significant amount if the back bow is bad enough. In a worst case scenario the frets would need to be removed and the fretboard re-levelled then refretted. I would figure you'd be looking at around $450 to $550 for that job.

If you tune it up a few steps above pitch, you'll probably need to leave it sit for at least a week by the way, it will take some patience. For what it's worth though, I've never had a neck come through the shop that I couldn't get rid of the back bow by bending it.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-07-2004, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for the information. i will give this a try!
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