Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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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. The amount of wood removed is minor, even for very slender necks.

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!

Trade Secrets!

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.

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Works good!

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It cost too much but I needed it.


Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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This kit is a real lifesaver when it comes to broken truss rods. Works excellent. I would like to see StewMac put a kit like this and others that have multiple tools in a case of some sort so ALL the parts remain together and don't get tossed around and lost or forgotten when not in use. Kind of a weird review but much needed from Stew Mac


GREAT tool!!!

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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!

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