I've got a non-functional truss rod on a 1994 Fender Strat here. I've done the whole 'pull the walnut plug and replace the truss rod nut' song and dance on these guitars before, but I have a hunch that I'm going to need to replace the entire rod on this one. Someone has completely rounded the hex head of the truss rod nut. I've got the walnut plug out of the way, and I've tried turning the nut with a screw extractor, but it's completely seized up, and I don't want to put anymore force on it, or I'm going to break something. I'd like to pull the rod entirely and replace it and the adjustment nut, but I'm at a loss for how I should go about doing this if it isn't already broken at the heel anchor. Any suggestions? Also, I'm aware that there's an anchor under the 7th fret inlay, would I need to pull the inlay and remove that as well?
Thanks in advanced!
It'd be a lot easier to remove that pesky nut. If it's been cranked up really tight, sometimes clamping the neck straight can take pressure off the nut and make it easier to remove. Applying heat can also help: it's tricky to avoid scorch marks but you can do it if you're careful. Replacing the rod is a pain in the backside.
Honestly, the best thing to do is to do what Leo had originally intended. Replace the neck. That is one of the reasons it is a bolt on.