#1
So, I just put in Ernie Ball's Beefy Slinky's (.11-.54) on my Washburn. They play awesome, but are really hard to press down, and bend, and stuff. So, I was thinking maybe I could adjust the truss rod, because I don't want to detune. I play almost exclusively in drop D, and something a whole step down, but that's the maximum.

Here are some pics:

My action (Didn't bother me much with my D'addario Jazz XL`s):



My truss rod? (I don't know)


My bridge:



And if you say adjust the truss rod, do explain how. =D

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#2
I had that same guitar.
the action was horrible - I hated it so much

I don't know what to do about it though


edit: oh, if you don't use the whammy bar, you can tighten the screws all the way to lower the bridge
#3
See, my first guitar had the worst action ever! So, the Washburn's is really quite nice, in comparison. I've never had any problems with this guitar. It sounds great too. I'm gonna out in some DiMarzio Evo 2`s in the bridge soon.

Back to the topic, what do you mean tighten the screw? I think the problem can be solved with the truss rod's adjustment.
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#4
just tighten the truss rod then... Very slowly. I usually do about a quarter turn every hour. I just read that was safe. shouldnt be to hard
#5
Unless the neck bowed more due to heavier strings the truss rod will not help the action. Action is adjusted at the bridge. Sorry if I misunderstood your post.
#6
What do you mean "bowed"?
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#7
Quote by sTx
What do you mean "bowed"?


If you put more tension on a neck (or take tension away) it could become bowed. That means that it isn't straight anymore, but slightly curved.

By putting on heavier strings, the tension on the neck has increased and that could result in the neck curving a little, which you can correct by adjusting the trussrod. There are plenty of online tutorials on how to do this, so just search around a bit.

To get you started, here's one:
http://www.gibson.com/magazines/amplifier/1997/10/tipfile.html
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#8
Ok, read that. Now, the truss rod on that site is on the headstock. Mine's above the neck pickup, right? (see pic)
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#9
Quote by sTx
Ok, read that. Now, the truss rod on that site is on the headstock. Mine's above the neck pickup, right? (see pic)


The principle is still the same.

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/trussadjust.htm

http://www.athensmusician.net/archive/2001-05-01_geneimbody1.shtml

http://www.guitarnotes.com/guitar/Links/notes.cgi?basic_guitar_setup
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