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    Stew Mac Truss Rod Crank ... and what to do about it.

    I know I have said this before, but I really think there should be a forum that is devoted to tools, jigs and clever devices that can be used in guitar construction. Not that I am calling this ugly thing I made "clever." It's born more of necessity and laziness than intelligence.

    I have two guitars that have a truss rod adjustment at the heel end. The kind with a single slot for a standard screwdriver rather than a hex-key hole. On the one I was just working on, I can access the truss rod through a notch I put in the pickguard for exactly this purpose...

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    I also got a Stew Mac tool Called the "StewMac Truss Rod Crank for Tele"

    I think this tool would be just fine for a truss rod end that is double slotted (looks like an X). However, for a single slotted be truss rod like mine, this tool will not turn the end a full 360. Once I got the slot into a left to right downward slope ( \ ) I could not get it to move farther. I needed a tool that had a blade that slanted in the opposite direction to the SM tool, and preferably also one that had a vertical blade.

    So, I got out my tin snips, a hammer, a file and a large crescent wrench and made one:

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    Obviously not very pretty, but effective. I am thinking that I may send an abridged version of this to SM. They really should have both tools available. The flimsy piece of bent metal I got from them cost $10+7 with shipping. I might not have minded so much if it had worked well. Had I known that it would not be sufficient on its own, I might have made two ugly tools rather than just one.
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    Would it not be easier to get a new double slotted truss rod nut and fit that rather than persevere with the single slot nut? Or do a bit more cutting away and fit the wheeled truss rod nut they sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    Would it not be easier...?
    Of course! However, that would have involved ordering, paying and waiting. I should have added "impatience" and "cheapskatedness" to "laziness" above.

    Also this was for a Warmoth neck. My experience with things purchased from Warmoth is that they are often ever so slightly incompatible with things you buy elsewhere.

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