#1
How will I know If I have to adjust the truss rod? What does the truss rod even do? O_O

In my 2 years of playing, I never really bothered to learn guitar maintenance stuff. sorry.


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#3
The truss rod adjusts the relief of the neck, you would usually loosen or tighten it if you have any problems with your guitars action. Loosening it will bend the neck downwards whereas tightening it will straighten it. You would adjust it using an allen key in the nut at the top (or bottom on some guitar) of your guitars neck. Its not always the best idea to mess about with it though as you can really knacker you neck if you do it wrong. If you are going to do anything remove the strings first and then turn the nut very slightly to the right or left depending if you want to loosen or tighten it.
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#4
There's not really a specific set in stone rule to it but I adjust my truss rod if I have too much or too little neck relief. There's a lot of faqs out there that will explain how to check your neck bow/neck relief you if you just do a google search, even some videos on youtube that show you step by step.
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How will I know If I have to adjust the truss rod? What does the truss rod even do? O_O

In my 2 years of playing, I never really bothered to learn guitar maintenance stuff. sorry.


Thanks,



if you find that no matter how much you adjust the bridge,
you can't get the action in the right spot without fretbuzz that transmits thru the amp.

then yes, you might have to adjust the truss rod, to help make the guitar
more playable.

to know WHEN to adjust the truss rod,

you would want to first Measure the neck's relief.

to know how to measure, click the green link in my sig
and check out the first post.

all questions can be asked in that thread.
it is answered daily.

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#6
In layman's terms, the truss rod is way of adjusting (and combatting) the amount of bend in the neck. Too much one way and you'll get fret buzz, too much the other way and you'll get stupidly high action.
If you put your head by the bridge and look down the length of the neck, you'll be able to see if it's bent. Or you can try resting a straight edge (ruler, wood, etc) along the frets. If it is bent, you'll need to adjust the truss rod.


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