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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-25-2006, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Truss rod adjustment help!

Alright so with my new guitar i had quite some fret buzz with my thicker 3 strings. By eying and measuring to the best of my abilities my neck was straight as an arrow and needed more relief. So i misread instructions and tried to adjust the truss rod the way to take away even more relief and i discovered i couldn't really move it, so since i didn't want to do anything stupid i didn't bother trying to move it anymore. So I came back to the internet, read that I had to turn it the other way, and went for another shot. I found again that I couldn't move it the right way, maybe cause i had forced it too far the wrong way. I didn't think i was pushing hard at all (only using my wrist) and then it suddenly moved (the right way) and moved smoothly then. When it started moving it jerked from a standstill to a little less than 1/8 a turn and it made a cracking noise.

I'll try to explain it again cause it's hard to word. Truss rod wasn't moving, so I pushed a little bit harder. I don't know how hard hard is when working with truss rods, but like I said I was only using my wrist. It moved and made a cracking noise, which I think was just the nut at the end, but after that it moved smoothly, but not so smoothly that I didn't feel that I was moving a truss rod.

Did I wreck something? I'm absolutely terrified cause I just got this guitar and am NOT prepared to spend any more money. I am going to go check it again in a half hour after the truss adjustment has set. I'm hoping that it was just a tiny tiny bit stuck or it's something normal. It always takes a bit i guess to turn a screw or nut for example, after it's been in place for a long time.

It still played normally after the adjustment, but It didn't help the buzzing, and there might actually be more. It buzzes on the lower frets if i play too hard and buzzes past 12 no matter what. I may just be trying to put the action too low, but from eyesight it doesn't look that low. All of that is talking about the E, A, and D strings, the lighter ones are just fine.

I really should take the thing to a tech, but like I said I don't want to spend any money.

Yes this is a long post, but damn I'm nervous

UPDATE: Alright I *think* everything is OK, cause now it plays a bit better, and there is definitely less fret buzz than before everywhere. The "crack" noise is the exact same noise I get when I adjust the action on my bridge, it just takes a little bit to get the thing in motion. Using the word crack makes it sound worse than it is...

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-25-2006, 01:15 PM
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Re: Truss rod adjustment help!

Yeah it sounds like it was just tight. If your truss rod was broken I think you would hear some rattling. Don't be afraid to adjust the trus rod, thats what it's there for. Just take it slow (1/4 turn at a time) and don't force anything. If you really want to get the most out of your guitar take it to a good tech, or back to where you bought it and have it properly setup.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-25-2006, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Truss rod adjustment help!

Thank you, I will definitely take it to a tech but I'm gonna wait until I get a new pickup so the purpose will be twofold. I like to save money whenever possible, haha.
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