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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Heel truss rod adjustment



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Feb 26th, 2018 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Can this be done without removing the neck? Classic Player 50s

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 26th, 2018 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe. If so the pickguard would have to come off to access the relief for the truss rod net/screw.

I just loosen the strings on these, lay the guitar on its face, remove the neck screws, flip the guitar over while holding the neck in place then lift the neck to adjust the truss rod. Pretty easy actually.

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Feb 26th, 2018 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

No that's one of the reasons I dislike original spec Fenders. This along with shims!

I can tweak a Strat's truss rod in seconds, if the adjustment is above the nut.

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 26th, 2018 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Loosen the strings a bit, not too much or you'll end up with spaghetti when you tip the neck down to make the adjustment. I've been doing it this way for years.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Feb 26th, 2018 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

And a capo at the first fret keeps them in place.

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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 26th, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

If your lucky you can fit one of these things in there too. I made one that works well enough.

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Our resident rational liberal
Feb 26th, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

"No that's one of the reasons I dislike original spec Fenders. This along with shims!

I can tweak a Strat's truss rod in seconds, if the adjustment is above the nut."

Yup. It makes you wonder what they were thinking when they stuck it at the other end.

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USA/Taos, NM

Feb 26th, 2018 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

You could always do the Jimi Hendrix fix. He had a large area carved out of the pickguard on his black Strat (from Isle of Wight, I believe), which allowed easier access to the adjustment.

Perhaps Fender put the truss adjustment in that original placement 'cause they didn't want hack musicians messing with the goods. Maybe...

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Feb 26th, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love 50s speced strats so its something Ive learned to do. Not that big deal after youve done it, but I get the grief.



Feb 27th, 2018 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm going to go out on a limb and make an assumption about the original post.

I believe the person meant: Is there any way to do it without loosening strings, removing or loosening neck screws, capoing strings, removing the pickguard, etc etc etc?

The answer is: Unless you want to carve out a little divot in the pickguard, no.

If you don't want to do the divot thing, then any of the above methods or combinations thereof will work.

I know someone with a couple of 60's Strats.
He has owned them for 40 years.
They have divots in their pickguards.
He has still never adjusted the truss rods, not even initially when he bought them.
There has been no need to.
They play fine as is and always have.
He plays them.
He doesn't use them as a science project.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 10:51 AM, Feb 27th, 2018)



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Feb 28th, 2018 03:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you everyone. I think I will order that tool. Thank you frogman.
My cp50s plays fine. Its intonated well and holds tune very well with bridge floating.

I checked the neck relief and its fine.Action might be a tad higher than I like. No fret buzz so maybe I will lower saddles.

Or just leave it alone.



A Piece for Assorted Lunatics
Feb 28th, 2018 03:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like what you said ejm. When ai was a teenager we just played our guitars...if they played well we never worried.

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It just needs more voltage
Mar 3rd, 2018 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Old time Strats are a PITA in many ways. Not only you have to capo the strings and loosen the neck bolts to set neck relief, you have to do each time you you make an adjustment to test it because the strings are slack. Then there's the issue with replacing worn frets on a finished maple fretboard. Then they tend to be string breakers because of the sharp string bend over the bridge saddles. Then, there are rooms where RF interference buzzes through the single coil pickups like crazy. But there's nothing like the sound they have. Just fun to play, I love em.

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