I have a Fender Tele custom shop maple neck on my bench. The truss rod is hardly doing anything. It is not loose. As you can see on the picture the neck has a crack along the middle. I have glued it. I didn't manage to close the crack fully on the fretboard, but it is absolutely closed on the backside. The crack must have occurred when someone, sometime, used excessive force to tighten the truss rod. I think that this implicates that the rod stopped working before the crack got there.
How can a truss rod just stop working when it is not loose?
I have lubricated the truss rod nut, and I have put a washer between the nut seat and the nut. Is there anything more I can do to try to make the truss rod work normally?
Another thing with this neck: The tang of the old frets was 0.020" but the slots were fit for a wider tang. Can this have made the neck soft? I'm surprised to find this issue on a neck like this.
Hi, do you know if the neck has been refretted a few times, that can cause wider slots.
Of course.But this neck has never been refretted.
hi, without seeing the guitar it's just guesswork really, but, what comes to mind is - you have run out of thread so even more washers/spacers or a very stiff neck that is resisting further adjustment. But I'm sure you had looked into that.
There is enough thread, and the neck is not at all stiff. Rather soft compared to most other necks. The truss rod is able to move the relief maximum 0.4 mm - 0.016"
Hi, I am assuming that you have too much relief and the rod will not pull the neck straight. I would try inducing a back bow with the old two blocks a stiff beam and a clamp method, then tighten the rod to hold it there. Then let the strings force pull the neck into relief as you slacken off the rod, instead of the rod trying to force the timber.
I hope this helps.
Tried it without success. Now, the fretboard has been sanded flat with some fallaway from 12th fret. I will install frets with wider tang than original in order to get the neck as stiff as possible and hopefully with a small backbow. I hope this will be enough, but I will level the frets (very high - .052") with strings tuned in pitch. The size of the frets will make it possible to sand the frets to get the wanted relief.
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