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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Much better appearance (spoke-end)

(Customer's Reviews)

The good folks at StewMac responded appropriately to the justified criticism of the condition of the visible metal spoke ends. The latest set of units I received (May 2016) appeared to be bead blasted; the matte finish spoke end was uniform in color and surface finish. These easily adjustable dual rod truss rod assemblies are back up to the high quality standards we expect from this world class supplier of guitar parts. Thanks!


Lower Quality , Makes noise , Needs more QC

(Customer's Reviews)

Four years ago these rods came they were fluid and had no tarnishing. Today the rods are the shame shape and size. But they make slight noises and need to be oiled, The nut itself comes with rust and tarnishing they are also no longer polished they come as if fresh cast and just thrown on with no QC almost seemingly like a different material from years past. Unfortunately I will no longer order these rods until we get email of some improvement on this end.


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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