#1
And I have never seen this system before. Anyone know how it works or what tool to use? I would assume a rachet of some sort but that space is tight.
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#2
Lol you saw a regular truss rod??
Umm a lot of guitars come with a tool just for truss rod adjustment, check with all your stuff
#3
It uses a socket wrench. See if it came with the guitar, as someone has already suggested.
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#4
Umm, I might be wrong 'cause I've never actually had to do this myself, but can't you (in addition to the socket wrench) just put an allen wrench inside the hole and turn it that way?

Also, for reference, this is a socket wrench

and this is an allen wrench

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#5
I bought the guitar used, I doubt he still has the tool. I will just hop down to the hardware store this week and find one.

Thanks guys
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Umm, I might be wrong 'cause I've never actually had to do this myself, but can't you (in addition to the socket wrench) just put an allen wrench inside the hole and turn it that way?

Also, for reference, this is a socket wrench

and this is an allen wrench

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No.
This type of truss rod uses a socket tool. Not like the one you have pictured. More like a small steel bar with a non removable, long, thin barrel type socket end on it. There are no internal sides just a round hole so an allen wrench won't work.

You should be able to get one at the local music store.
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#7
I too have a Jackson with this type of truss rod turny thing.

The tool required is called a truss rod wrench.
Typically a Jackson is 5/16 or 7mm if I remember correctly.
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like said, usually found online.
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#9
A regular old socket wrench will work just as well though, and if you don't have one will probably be a lot cheaper (guessing, have no idea how much either is haha) and you can use it for other stuff.
#10
Depending on how much force it needs for a turn you could probably just use pliers. Might not be enough grip/torque though.
#11
when you get said tools... and you start adjusting, don't force anything. If it won't move with two fingers worth of pressure you don't WANT to move it, trust me. If you still have problems after the adjustment, move your bridge around until you get it set up the way you like it. Don't forget about the two fingers of pressure tho! You can seriously mess up your guitar this way. (Btw if you already know what you're doing then nevermind me :P )
#12
Make sure you know what you are doing before attempting to adjust the truss rod. Do you know how to adjust string height? Do you know how to set intonation? Do you know how to check the nut? Do you know how to set up your trem bar? If not, do not adjust the truss rod. There are good walk-throughs online on doing this yourself, but you can really mess-up a guitar by monkeying around with the truss rod improperly.

If you are mechanically inclined and have the proper tools (feeler guage, precise ruler, good tuner) you can try to set-up your guitar yourself, but the fact that you didn't know that you'd need a socket-type wrench to turn that nut makes me think you should get some help from someone before doing anything but a string change on your guitar.

Also, get the proper tools, I would not recommend using a pair of pliers on this, it might work, but it also might scratch up your head and/or round the nut. Don't be one of those guys, do it right.
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