I was looking in my local cash converters and saw a guitar that stood out from the rest. I then noticed at had been reduced from £200 to £100. The build look pretty impressive. I noted the manufacturer down and researched it and saw they had guitars costing about £700. Today I went in to find the model and it said it was 'TSU'. Does this stand for anything? Also, has anyone played or owned the guitar? What does it sound like? How much did it cost new? The only problem with it is that the truss rod was missing, although the neck looked straight with strings on. Is this a problem? If it is, how easy is it to replace? Thankyou
OK, well we've certainly heard of "Simon & Patrick". They're an offshoot brand of the parent company, "Godin", based in Canada. You can check out their current line here: http://www.simonandpatrick.com/intro.htm

IMHO, a missing truss rod is a BIG problem.

I've never replaced one, and don't know if it can be done with the fret board attached to the neck. You can buy truss rods. But, I think/thought they are mostly for luthiers in the process of building their own necks. The truss rod runs in a routed groove, just below the fret board, and applies torsion to the neck lengthwise, to set the "relief".

Here's a page with neck parts, including truss rods, for you to peruse..: http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-not-wood/truss-rods/neck-parts

You might get a bit more insight to this issue at our "Gear Building & Customizing" forum: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=53

I'd post to that forum, and find out if you can replace the truss without taking the neck apart. If that's possible, then I'd see how far the current proud owner is willing to drop trow on the price.

If the neck id designed for a truss rod, you absolutely need it. In fact, some makers are adding fiberglass stiffening rods inside their necks as well. These would even allow you to slim down the neck, if you so choose, without danger of warping.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Sep 27, 2013,