Originally Posted by VENOMOUS
ALL HAIL THE GOD OF ALL REPAIR KNOWLEDGE
Instead of being a jackass about my post and screaming sarcasm as loudly as possible you COULD have described how you actually did it and remove the doubt. Your reply only reinforces the idea that you are speaking without experience. You have to understand my doubt when I've attempted dealings with you in the past only to have you flake every time. Along with emails from you asking me for information on how to do certain custom jobs with no intent of me doing the work, then replying with comments like, "I don't really even know if you could do it since I don't know what it's going to look like but it will be very complex" (from the email you sent me)
Frank, the Ibanez rods are a fixed flat rod on the top, with the adjustment rod underneath, they typically have so much foam and glue in the slot I am always amazed when one rattles. There is a spacer, though I don't know if it's there to stop rattles so much as it's there to make sure the upper rod can only bend outwards, without it there is a possibility of it bending in towards the adjustment rod and just rendering the rod useless.
Removing the leaf is a decent idea, but there isn't really a leaf on the vine neck that is large enough at the center to do much with it. The Ibanez rods end at about the 16th fret I believe, so doing one in around the 6th or 8th fret would be about the best method. Also, the other problem is that the flat rod in the Ibanez neck is dead tight to the fretboard, and the sides of the truss rod route, you'd never get something in there unless you drilled down beside the truss rod and injected silicone or something which I suppose you could do. what surprises me, is the way the Ibanez rods are, as long as there is tension on the rod, it shouldn't rattle regardless of whether or not there is foam or any dampening in there, they fit so tight it's sick to start with, if you ever have to remove an Ibanez rod you're in for a real treat LOL!!!! In all honesty, the best fix would be a hole in the back of the neck where you can actually get to the rod that would be causing the rattle (the round adjustable one) and plug that hole, it's just unfortunate that it would show in the long run.