#1
I recently purchased a fairly cheap bass, that I intend to completely fix up myself (if possible). I have everything I need to fix it up and the project was looking well, until it occured to me that it has a single action (one way) truss rod. Whoever owned this bass before me tightened the neck fairly severly and there's a heavy backbow on the neck. Is there anyway to get rid of this? Will I just have to buy a new neck? I can't seem to think of any way to fix it myself, so any help will be much apppreciated.
#2
Did you loosen the truss rod? If so and it didn't help, tune to F# Standard and leave it for a few days, this should help with the backbow. If it's still a problem, try heavier gauge strings. If the backbow is severe enough, however, a steam treatment may be neccessary to fix it.
#3
There is no way to loosen the truss rod, since it's a one way (as in the truss rod only has the capability to tighten). I will try your other suggestions and I thank you for them. For futrue reference, though, how would one go about steaming a neck?
#4
Are the strings on? If they're not, the strings would counter some (hopefully all) of the bowing.

Also, can we get some pics of how bad it is?
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#5
The strings aren't currently on, since I had to remove the nut earlier today, but the bow is still evident even when the strings are on. I will attempt to post pictures of the neck tomorrow.
#6
Just loosen it a bit... You wont need to steam the board off, you wont need to do anything. Loosen it a bit, the truss rod will put less pressure on the neck, and it will move back.

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