Spoke Nut Hot Rod Truss Rod

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

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18" overall length

Item # 1016
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6 or more $18.34
12 or more $16.72

24" overall length

Item # 1017
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6 or more $22.27
12 or more $20.31
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
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Quantity: 20


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
    • 1017
    • 0.394

Ratings & Reviews

Spoke Nut Hot Rod Truss Rod

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Rusting on rod-

By Matthew Rae from Ashburton NZL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 07, 2014

For the most part it seems like a great solid rod, but straight out of the box, the rod had rusting on the adjustment nut and on the thread of one of the rods, right through the double nut. Also the nut isn't nice and shiny looking like on the picture. A bit disappointed with quality, but it should still do the job. 6/10

Quality Decreased

By nienturi from Turkiye
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 25, 2014

For a long while i'm aware of SM truss rods. Till the last time i always got happy with them. Thats why i kept buying. But the last one i got, thats another story. I saw the material quality of the adjustment tip ,particularly, decreased. Okay, not that bad but i'm not fully satisfied with the spoke nut truss rod. I think i'm going to keep using standard truss rods of Stew Mac next time, not spokes...

great adjustment

By Ilya Li from Blagoveshchensk, Russian Federation
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 08, 2014

convenient adjustment system, high-quality material.

Great truss rod!

By DGreen from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Have used these in my last 12 necks. Always work well and you can shorten them by 3/4" if needed. Will continue to use them.

Top quality rod.

By Highline Guitars from Denver, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 21, 2014

These hot rods set the standard.

Works great!

By Andrew H. from South Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Easy to install, easier to use. Worked good on my first try. Not much more to say. Best option out there in my opinion if you're not worried about the visibility. I think it looks cool though.

Good stuff, well made.

By JMB from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 06, 2013

I have to say Hot Rod truss rods are among the better truss rods available and they are more affordable than most. What I like about these are the brass-milled ends and the red protective plastic around the rods themselves. One can always make their own truss rods, but for better machined rods all ready to go, these are it. The only thing that kept this from 5 stars is the spoke-wheel was significantly smaller than the ones EB/MM and Peavey used. I'm not sure if they make a bigger replacement piece to put on the end? Very satisfied otherwise. Thank You :-)

Perfect as always.

By TisDale Custom Guitars from Renton, WA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 14, 2013

Always flawless, these are great.

Hot Rod Truss Rods are GREAT

By Mudbug765 from Hartford City, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I use these a bunch with students and my own guitars. I have put them in from the back of the neck like Fender, but it requires a slot that goes further towards the nut than what Fender does. I worried about the truss rod causing shear stress on the glue joint where the walnut strip is glued in to the maple neck. The oldest neck made that way is almost 3 years old now, and no issues. I use these with guitar building students and there haven't been any issues, ever.

I've personally built about 15 electric guitars with these and helped adult and minor students build about 300 electric guitars with these truss rods. Follow Dan Erlewine's advice and get a helper to assist in pre-bending the neck before making an adjustment, especially on a stubborn neck.

Great ! 

By DGordonYoungLuthier from NYC , NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 03, 2012

great quality and very easy quick adjustment.

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