Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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...
Last edited by Clypher; 01-25-2006 at 01:09 PM.