Spoke Nut Hot Rod Truss Rod

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18" overall length

Item # 1016
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6 or more $18.99
12 or more $17.32

24" overall length

Item # 1017
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6 or more $22.31
12 or more $20.35
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Spoke Nut Hot Rod Truss Rod

About This Item

Easy neck heel adjustment in electric guitars and basses. Smooth two-way action corrects upbow and backbow, giving complete control over the neck.

The 1/2"-diameter "spoke" nut is designed to protrude slightly from the heel of a bolt-on neck; you can insert a thin tool into the side of the nut to turn it, without pickguard removal.

Easy to install. The Hot Rod® fits in a straight channel. For proper operation, this truss rod must be installed so that the active rod (the rod with the adjustment nut) is below the passive rod. A wooden filler stick is not required.

Smooth 2-way action with superior strength for stubborn necks. Stainless steel adjustment rod corrects upbow and backbow.

Hot Rod's neck adjustment system features twin rods in threaded brass collars. The stainless steel active rod turns for smooth neck alignment, with 2-way action. The Hot Rod requires an access cavity for the adjustment nut, and a straight 7/32"-wide x 7/16"-deep slot (measured from the bottom of the fretboard) for installation. The 18" rod fits many electric guitars; the 24" rod fits basses. Overall length includes the nut.

We've designed the Router Bit for Hot Rod Truss Rods especially for routing your neck to fit our truss rods.


Product Instructions

Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rods

Installation and adjustment instructions for Hot Rod Adjustable Truss Rod.

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    • 1016
    • 0.300 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 1017
    • 0.394 lbs. (0.18 kg)

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Specs are off. Only useful for 25-1/2" scale.

(Customer's Reviews)

The spoke wheel is an excellent design but the adjusting wheel is pretty dirty looking, especially at this price. I can deal with polishing it up but the catalog specs need amendment. This rod is actually 18-3/8" in length. They are too long for use in Gibson scale designs with 22 frets.


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Overall StewMac products do the job. The quality continues to be quite a letdown these rods arrive oxydized and dirty. As an aside they require a very deep channel.I would like to think you can do much better


LOVE the nut, but not the rod, and not the quality.

(Customer's Reviews)

The spoke wheel is simply the best, most convenient truss rod adjuster available. I won't use anything else.

However, i'm not crazy about the Hot Rod. It's sloppy, and can rattle around a bit even when under tension. It's VERY deep and fairly heavy compared to other dual-action truss rods. And the inevitably seem to come tarnished, oxidized, and stiff, requiring some work to get them usable and presentable.

On the left is how they typically arrive. On the right is how they look after some brushing, grinding, polishing, buffing and waxing. StewMac, you can (and should) do better… especially for the price.

Three suggestions:

1) Make these with one threaded rod and one flat steel bar, so they can fit better in thinner necks. This would probably reduce the weight a little bit as well, and also take care of the rattling issue.

2) Please make them 1/4" wide so we can use commonly-available spiral cutters instead of having to purchase your proprietary 0.225" router bit.

3) Make the spoke wheels out of stainless steel, or at least plate them so they're more presentable to our customers.

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