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Hi,

New to the site, i was hoping for a little help, which i 'hope' some of the members of this site have had, and hopefully solved the problem. i was adjusting the bow in the neck of my standard RG, then all of a sudden the truss rod became loose and would spin in either direction without any tension. when adjusting the rod, i didn't turn it to the point that it could not turn any more, it could turn in both directions without any harsh resistance to it's movement. i did not hear any click of cracking sound of any type. could this be that the nut at the end of the rod has stripped? if so can the nut be replaced without any major work to the guitar, or is it just worth me buying a replacement neck (which i'd rather not as i've had the frets specially lowered and polished.

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Do you use a 4mm Allen to adjust it? If so, is the end moving or just the wrench? You'll have to look at the end to see if it's moving or not. If it's not it's obviously stripped and has to be replaced. If it's moving you have a bigger problem.
 

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the quick reply. i decided to take it a step further, i was a little worried about it, I've adjusted guitar truss rods for years and never encountered this before. i turned the loose truss rod anti-clockwise several full turns when it was completely slck (which is totally not the norm), then the truss rod seemed to engage and the slowed down and stopped when taken to it's full use to alter the neck alignment. i then turned the rod clockwise, the the rod (or nut) become completely slack and turned either way with no force required whatsoever, it seemed to rattle in the tunnel it's set in. i think (i might be wrong) that the nut has screwed onto the rod when turned anti-clockwise and then when turned the other way and screwed itself off the end of the rod? if so does this mean a new neck? if it does i'll string the neck i'm having problems with now from the rafters lol.

Colin
 

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It should be a dual action rod, turn it counterclockwise and it forces it into relief, turn it clockwise and it takes it into backbow.
 

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Hi Rich,

i turned the rod several full turns clockwise (not the norm), and it seemed to engage and then reach the point where you couldn't turn it any more. i then turned it anti-clockwise a few turns, and the nut, as far as i could see detached. i thought i'd try to do what i'd done previously to see if it would engage in the opposite direction as it did clockwise, and the nut decided to simply unscrew and fall out of the neck.

Colin
 
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