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Old 06-16-2015, 06:57 AM   #1
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Neck bow gone after string change.

I changed my strings from 10's to 9's to help with the action on a guitar I cant afford to get set up now. I did this one string at a time tuning one at a time and I noticed that all my neck bow is gone.
The fret board is flat. I have never messed with the truss rod nor do I know if it the two way type or one way. or If loosing it would help. Any ideas? I want to go back to 10'S The action was mainly an issue because of the high bridge adjustments (before the string change).

Right now I am getting fret buzz unless I raise the strings at the bridge. It is a bit annoying. Any suggestions? Ideally I would take it in but I don't have the 50 bucks my shop charges.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:22 AM   #2
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you need to adjust the neck relief for the new string gauge. To do this you need to turn the truss rod a bit at a time until you get the desired relief.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:25 PM   #3
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A truss rod counters the tension of the strings. When you changed from 10's to 9's, you reduced the tension of the strings, and it was that tension that tends to cause a bow in the neck. The truss rod should be loosened slightly to get the same action that you had with the 10's.

Generally, it's righty tighty, lefty loosey, and you'll want to adjust in no greater than 1/4 turn (I usually work with an eighth of a turn) at a time. Then retune the guitar (it will have gone slightly flat) and play it for a while.

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Old 06-16-2015, 03:47 PM   #4
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Thank you I had no idea the string change would lower the over string tension. Live and learn. I think I am going to wait until I change strings again back to 10's to adjust that neck. The buzz is annoying but the amp sound is still clean.

I also plan on changing the bridge and the springs because I have some strange bridge that has a missing tremolo bar and some striped screws for the string height adjustment. They sell the kit on flea bay for about 10 bucks. Includes the bridge, springs, tremolo, etc.

I know its ebay but this was a 40 used guitar and I am not willing to put much money into it for now. If I stick with it I will consider getting an Epiphone in a year or so. And maybe some day a Les Paul.

I have become fond of my guitars narrow neck in comparison to a les paul or my daughters "j.reynalds" Strat type guitar.
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:07 PM   #5
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Any ideas? I want to go back to 10'S


If you want to go back then don't adjust the truss rod yet. Re-string it one at a time and, if the gauges are as before, then it should go back to where you started (ish).
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:33 AM   #6
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If you want to go back then don't adjust the truss rod yet. Re-string it one at a time and, if the gauges are as before, then it should go back to where you started (ish).


Perfect! I will play with the nines for now until I get a new bridge then change it all up and see how the neck does. Then I will adjust the bridge height and length. I need to wait a bit on the new purchases. Or I could just do another string change now They are only 2.00.

Good to know that the strings alone will help the issue.
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Old Yesterday, 06:59 AM   #7
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Update: The string change did help some but I do need to play with my truss rod at some point.

I took the dust cover off and could not determine what type of wrench was needed. From what I saw every thing was round?!
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM   #8
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It uses Allen keys most likely. The entire rod is round so you insert the key into the square head.
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Most likely you're either going to want a 5mm, 4mm or 5/16 allen wrench depending on what guitar you have.
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