Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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Use the Rescue Kit to clean up threads, cut new threads, and remove wood. It even rescues truss rods when the adjusting nut has broken off!

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit Additional spacers, set of 4

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit

Dan Erlewine shows two truss rod troubles that are solved with the Truss Rod Rescue kit.

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Use the Rescue Kit to clean up threads, cut new threads, and remove wood. It even rescues truss rods when the adjusting nut has broken off!

What to do about a broken or stripped truss rod? You could remove the fingerboard, dig out the truss rod, replace it, reglue the board and refinish the neck. Or you could simply throw the neck away as a lost cause.

Now at last you can fix it — with our unique Truss Rod Rescue Kit.

Use the Truss Rod Rescue Kit to repair standard truss rods.
The Rescue Kit fits the standard truss rods commonly used by Gibson®, Fender®, and the majority of guitars: a single steel rod 3/16" in diameter with a 10-32 thread (also common on mandolins and other instruments). One end of the rod is anchored inside the neck, and the other end is threaded to accept an adjusting nut. Tightening the adjusting nut pulls the rod tight, which pulls the neck. The threaded end is where a truss rod is most likely to fail: threads become damaged, and sometimes rods break at this point. This is where the Truss Rod Rescue Kit helps by cutting wood to expose more of the rod, and cutting new threads into the exposed rod. Sometimes the adjusting nut is located in the peghead, and sometimes in the heel of the neck. The Truss Rod Kit works in either situation.

The Truss Rod Rescue kit is not for double-action truss rods.
These designs, including our own Hot Rod® truss rods, combine two shafts to achieve their "push-pull" effect. They are less likely to become damaged in the way that standard truss rods do.

An "impossible" repair becomes a 15-minute money-maker!
A broken truss rod often means a thrown-out neck. Except for extremely valuable vintage instruments, who can afford the major surgery of disassembling the neck to replace the truss rod? The Rescue Kit quickly solves the problem from the outside—at the adjusting end of the truss rod.

The cross-section drawing at left shows a working truss rod. The adjusting nut is flush against a metal washer, and it turns without a lot of force.

The problem: A truss rod nut that's become cross-threaded, frozen, or broken off competely. You can't adjust the neck, and the trouble is hidden below the surface.
The solution: Our specially-sized tools tuck into the small space around the damaged rod, removing wood and cutting threads so the truss rod is fully functional again.

How it works

Step 1 The cutter removes wood around the damaged rod, making room for new threads.

Step 2 The threading die cuts clean threads on the newly exposed truss rod. Now the rod is ready for the adjusting nut again.

Step 3 Add one of the metal spacers provided, and reinstall the adjusting nut. This truss rod is rescued and ready to work like new.

The Truss Rod Rescue Kit fits the 10/32 threaded rods used on Gibson and Fender guitars. A brass pilot is provided for guiding the cutter into a small Fender access hole.

The kit includes cutter, threading die, pilot, wrench and 4 spacers. Each spacer is 7/16" (0.4375") in diameter and 0.200" thick.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

A pain in the necks: Gibson doubleneck with a broken truss rod

Dan Erlewine has a Gibson doubleneck with a broken truss rod -- a problem that sends lots of guitars to the trash can. What will it take to rescue this one? The answer might surprise you: it takes 65 minutes of work.

Product Instructions

Truss Rod Rescue Kit Instructions

When the truss rod nut no longer adjusts due to damaged threads, or because it is already as tight as it can go, this tool fixes the problem.

Ratings & Reviews

Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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GREAT tool!!!

By Benjamin Williams from Las Vegas, NV 
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 28, 2014

Excellent tool that works beautifully as advertised. There were a few issues using it on a 1975 Fender Jazz Bass though, that you want to be prepared for. (The photo shows the cavity enlargement about 1/2way done, and the steel washer at the bottom).
1) I doubt the truss rod was perfectly centered in the cavity to begin with, but even though I got the cut started nicely with the supplied brass alignment bushing for Fender necks, the tool still started cutting into the bottom of the truss rod itself once the bushing was finished, as another reviewer here cautioned about. The sound of the cut will tell you immediately if you start cutting metal, so pay very close attention to that.
2) Once I re-started the cut at a lower alignment to get lower under the truss rod, I had to put a LOT of downward pressure on the tool shaft to establish a new, clean cut line, and making a 'caul' of sorts for the hex shaft really helped my left hand apply sufficient downward pressure.
3) Once I'd cut all the way in to the end of the cavity, there was the original steel washer, that you will need to dig out if the truss rod is already snapped off and you need more depth and to cut new threads etc. Fortunately for me in this case, with no broken rod I was able to just put the new spacer in on top of the original washer, tighten up the new bullet and go. I did use my micro-chisel to carefully carve a little more diameter out so the new spacer would not 'bind' into place and itself become unremovable. If possible, I'd recommend to StewMac to reduce the O.D. on the spacers slightly to provide better clearance in the cavity. 4) On this Fender bass, the enlarged diameter of the cavity did encroach into the slot cut for the nut in the fingerboard, and the bottom edge of the nut itself, so be aware you might have to modify or replace the nut too.

While it's no 15-minute job on the Fender, (more like an hour or more,) this is a fantastic tool for rescuing necks that might otherwise just be thrown out. Recommend highly!

works great

By Steve F. from Surrey B.C.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I got this to rescue a broken rod in a Gibson bass...and shazam!! the bass lives to rock another day...kinda pricey, but works as advertised.


By rmuniz from spain
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 15, 2014

En 15 minutos, y sin experiencia previa, resolvf el problema del alma rota, mi viejo Gibson V resucit=.

Worked like a charm!

By Kevin Paul from Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 01, 2014

A well-meaning friend who SAID he had guitar-tech skills snapped the end off my 1972 LP DeLuxe's truss rod several years ago. Until I moved to a very dry climate a couple years back, I had no issues with the performance of the guitar, but now I want to be able to adjust the neck. The truss rod snapped about 1/16th-inch below the wood. Enter the Stew-Mac Truss Rod Rescue kit. In about 15 minutes, I had fixed the truss rod. I did use a Dremel to hog out a bit of the wood around the truss rod so that the self-guiding cutter could slip over the end of the rod. Then I followed the directions from the video and instruction sheet, relieved 5/8ths-inch of wood, and chased the threads with the die. I installed a spacer and new nut and the job was done, just like that. I would give the tool a 5-star rating, but the price is just too high. I realize that this is a tool made in low volume, very specialized, etc., etc., but come on.....$244.00? Really? If I owned or worked in a guitar shop, I would rate it 5 stars and chock up the price to the cost of doing business.

Must have tool

By 4 seasons pickups from Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 06, 2014

We've been using one of these at 4seasonspickups and we are very happy with it

buy it

By IronHorse from Orangeburg, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 22, 2013

busy repair shop will encounter this problem from time to time. after the 2nd time you use it you've made your money back. its a tool worth having in any repair shop.

Perfect tool

By wildwall from brewster
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 24, 2013

The cutter and threader are hybrid tools made for this application. They look to be individually milled and not mass produced cast tools. Hence the cost of the two tools. The truss rod snapped off at the bottom of the nut on my R7 Les Paul Goldtop. I'm sure you can imagine the sick felling that overcame me. An online search turned up this tool. I was not happy about the cost, but after getting the kit I understood why it was expensive. I followed the instructions and in a short time I had the truss rod exposed and new threads cut. A new nut and spacer were installed and tension was applied and the neck is fixed and I am a happy customer! If you are a neighbor and you snap your nut, I'll be happy to help you fix it!

Saved my butt

By Jimi Tookalook from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thanks to this kit I actually saved quite a bit of money NoT having my local luthier remove my fretboard and replace my truss rod, plus now I can offer this service myself :D

Hoefner Bassguitar repair

By Topal from Vienna
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The 1967 Hoefner 500/6 Bass, which has already been played by good ol' daddy and now belongs to me has revived after years of slumbering due to this nice little gadget. HAPPY !!!

Get one and make serious money

By Marcos Ruiz from Puerto Rico
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 26, 2012

So I was restoring a 1976 fender P-Bass and the previous owner give the truss rod nut just too many turns. As soon as I tried to unscrew it I knew that the metal was damaged and that probably if I tried to adjust the neck it would break, and so it did. I used the busing to keep the cutting tool aligned, but be careful, do not cut too quick. Be sure to cut in a straight line and check your progress every little turn at a time or you will catch the metal of the rod with the cutting tool. The worse would be to cut unevenly at each side. If you do, the die will not catch the rod properly and you will end up with an unusable truss rod. I purposively did those experiments on spare necks and find out how to do it wrong before fixing that 76 bass neck.

One thing that I would like to have in hand is an extra long fender slotted truss rod nut to cover the extra space that is left behind after the repair. Just to keep that truss rod nut flush to the wood as it was originally.

Excellent tool and a money maker.

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