guitar nubsauce
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#1
Hi,

I've recently acquired a Ibanez RG3ex1. Great guitar.

Problem is I noticed the truss rod is stripped rounsd. This is not the type of truss rod that uses a wrench, it is a female allen HOLE and requires the allen key to be directly inserted into it.

anyone know a fix? People keep saying replace the nut but I don't think it has a nut..I think the female hole of the rod is PART of the rod, not a separate nut, but the guy at the store told me otherwise. He said he can replace the nut. I don't see a way to remove this thing. I'm having trouble believing him...Can anyone confirm/deny?

The truss rod itself is not stripped, just the top end that accepts the allen key.
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onlymetal
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#3
The top allen bolt is not part of the truss rod. My sister's guitar neck broke and I took out the truss rod and the bolt screwed onto the truss rod.
guitar nubsauce
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#4
Quote by W4RP1G
return it?

Well, there's liquid metal that hardens, and inserting the key covered with wax with some in there is one option. Then when it's done hardening you pull it out and wah-la.

I just wanted to see if anybody had any other solutions, or could confirm or deny for sure whether the tip is detachable or not.

Quote by onlymetal
The top allen bolt is not part of the truss rod. My sister's guitar neck broke and I took out the truss rod and the bolt screwed onto the truss rod.
Did this truss rod use a wrench or did it accept a key? I know for sure you can remove one that uses a nut.

Did that particular truss rod accept a hex key or did it used a wrench?

Some clarity on that would help me severely.
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Chaos-Serenade
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#5
I've noticed the tip being detachable on truss rods, as in they can unscrew.
Why the HELL do they make them like that?
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#6
If the truss rod is double-acting (i.e. it can correct a bow in either direction), the nut will not be removable. Best contact Ibanez and ask them before you let someone try it, unless he offers an ironclad guarantee.

BTW, most (but certainly not all) truss rods I've ever encountered that use a hex key are Metric. Get yourself a set of both SAE and Metric keys and you will never suffer a stripped piece of hardware again.
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