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Old 12-08-2008, 02:34 AM   #1
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Ibanez gio. Truss rod ??

I picked up an Ibanez gio tonight. Yes, I know it's a cheapy. I got it for my son for Christmas. Paid 15 bucks for it. Neck is straight and it isn't beat up. 2 humbuckers, and a 3 way switch.

It needs strings, and 2 tuners are slightly loose. I'm looking at the headstock, and there is a hole where the rod would go but nothing there. I can't find any info on the guitar to tell me if it's supposed to have one. I've tried serial decoders with no luck. Google search hasn't turned up an exact match yet either.

I'll post some pics if necessary tomorrow but does anyone know if it's supposed to have a truss rod?
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:42 AM   #2
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Don't all guitars have truss rods?
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:50 AM   #3
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all steel string guitars, 15 buck wtf i paid 200 for my gio!!!! also yes i does have a truss rod
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:04 AM   #4
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ya it has a truss rod

if yours doesn`t have one, i guess you can buy them, i`m sure the neck will warp in a second if you put strings on it with no truss rod
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:41 AM   #5
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No, you can't just "buy" a truss rod.

Likewise it's kind of tricky to remove one without destroying a neck.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:01 AM   #6
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As others have said, it should have a truss rod.

As for serial number decoders, you probably won't be able to find one that will tell you more about your guitar than where it was made. Most brands don't have (public) records of their serial numbers and if they do, they're usually a) not very detailed b) for their high end models.

If you want more info on your particular guitar, go to the Ibanez site and check out their catalog collection. If you've found your guitar in one of the catalogs, you can look it up on their parts list for more detailed information.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:28 AM   #7
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Yeah, the serial gave me the plant is made in...

I didn't get out a light or anything, but I can't see any truss. Just a hole. The guitar is in great shape. I wonder how you would even take it out. I removed the neck and there is no hole at the bottom. Just the one exiting at the headstock. I'll continue to try to find the exact model and find a parts list or something.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:29 AM   #8
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Don't all guitars have truss rods?


And no, not all guitars have truss rods.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:51 AM   #10
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Well then...

Looks like my good deal is crap now. Unless I can find a cheap neck.
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:42 PM   #11
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No, no, the GIO Line guitars all have truss rods, they're just deep in the neck. You need a long allen wrench to get down there.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:46 PM   #12
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OH SNAP!!! YES. I hope that's the case.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:16 AM   #13
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Cool. I bought some strings today. Threw them on. Got the neck straight via the truss rod(it was down in there like Justice4AllOne said. Adjusted action and intonation and it's playing pretty well. I couldn't crank the amp as the g/f is asleep so I'll see what she sounds like tomorrow.

Not bad for 15 bucks + some TLC.

Btw, I think I did ok on this. This is actually the first time I've put strings on by myself. And of course the rod adjustment. Doesn't seem to be that bad of a job, just time consuming.
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:35 AM   #14
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Just plugged it in and I've got to say, it ain't bad for 15$. Haha.





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Old 12-26-2008, 10:56 PM   #15
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I just bought a 7-string version of that guitar, but it was labeled as an RG7321. I'm trying to figure out if it is or not, and, like you, no serial number identifiers I've found can tell me what it is...
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:00 PM   #16
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ya it has a truss rod

if yours doesn`t have one, i guess you can buy them, i`m sure the neck will warp in a second if you put strings on it with no truss rod


I am right now in the job of remodeling a Gio, just unmounted the neck and it has NO TRUSS ROD i repeat, IT HAS NO TRUSS ROD. You don't necessary need one to the neck not to warp, the wood on it is good quality (Or at least this one is lol), and, remember... Just because it says Ibanez it doesn't means it's the Coca-Cola in the desert.
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:46 AM   #17
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what brand of strings did you buy???!!?!
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:52 AM   #18
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If you're asking me, I got Ernie Ball Slinky 11s.
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:22 AM   #19
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I have the GRX20 as well, and am planning on putting on thicker strings, so I need to adjust the truss rod to compensate. I'm having the same problem as you did. The stupid allen wrench that came with the guitar can't seem to move the truss rod. Do I just have to go out and buy a bigger one?
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Anyone know what specific size I would need?
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