How do I adjust the truss rod of my .strandberg*?
As wood is a living and breathing material, the neck of your instrument will every now and then need to be adjusted to maintain a healthy curvature (relief). Changes in humidity, temperature, string gauge and tuning all cause the neck to move slightly and regular setup is therefore necessary.
The neck should never be completely straight as this will prevent the strings from unobstructed movement resulting in excess string buzz and reduced sustain. Nor should it be excessively curved as this may cause inaccurate intonation and an unpleasant playing experience.
A healthy relief is maintained by following the steps below:
- Make sure that the guitar is fitted with the strings you intend to use and that these are tuned to the desired pitch. The relief of the neck is a direct result of the strain applied by the strings and can not be set properly under any other circumstances.
- Press down the first and last fret simultaneously on the lowest string and observe whether there is a visible gap between the string and the 12th fret or not. A gap equal to the thickness of a business card means that the truss rod is setup correctly. A larger gap means that the truss rod needs tightening (clockwise turning of the truss rod bolt) and a lesser gap means that the truss rod needs to be loosened (counterclockwise turning of the truss rod bolt).
- Adjust the truss rod by turning the truss rod bolt inside the hole on the headstock by employment of the supplied 4 mm T Wrench – a quarter of a turn at a time – until the desired relief is obtained. Remember to tune the guitar in between turns as the tuning may be affected by an altered neck angle. If it is starting to feel “too tight”, STOP, and contact a professional. Repairing a damaged truss rod is very complicated.
To get a sense of how the truss rod behaves, check out Ola’s video here
If you wish to dive deeper into the anatomy of your .strandberg* EndurNeck and the functionality of the truss rod, please proceed to the full Magazine article below.