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Truss Rod Rescue Kit

About This Item

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.


Video

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.

Instructions

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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5.0

Great tool. Hope it's not permanently out of stock.

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I acquired a 1970 Gibson ES-175D at the May '17 Dallas guitar show. Beautiful guitar, but the truss nut was missing and the truss rod had snapped off just above the washer in the truss rod cavity. Ugly.

A really good repair man said he'd pull the fingerboard, replace the rod, replace the fingerboard and binding, refinish the fingerboard edge and otherwise make an 'invisible repair' for only $500!!

So, I called my luthier of 25+ years, who told me about StewMac's rescue kit. I bought one May 10th at StewMac's Reverb.com page. I left the Kit and the Guitar with my luthier. The next day, I got my guitar back with a beautifully working truss rod!

My luthier told me it took 15 minutes to repair the problem. He pulled the original washer, then used the wood-cutting tool to remove a 7/16th" diameter cut of wood around around the truss rod. After that, the other tool cut new threads on the truss rod. He then dropped in one of the Kit's small 7/16th" washers, added a brass nut and, as stated before, the truss rod now works perfectly.

My luthier and I are so impressed with this tool that I left a review at Reverb.com for the kit and also decided to leave one here at StewMac. Now I find that the kit is out of Stock!

StewMac, please make this tool again. You really saved my guitar.

Thanks, Harry at GuitarTracker Vintage Instruments at Reverb. Contact me over there if you want more info from my luthier or me about this incredible product. It really, really works.

3.0

Left out

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Verified Buyer


6-32 die is also needed. This only works for 8-32 truss rods.

5.0

Awesome!

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Verified Buyer


This company is a real class act!...service over the phone and FAST shipping second to none...thanks again Stewmac!

Jimmy

5.0

OH MY!! What a lifesaver: the truss rod rescue kit

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The truss rod rescue kit SAVED ME from disaster.

I bought a '64 Jag from a a seller who somehow neglected to mention that the truss rod was snapped off. Neat guitar otherwise, with TONS of "Mojo" in all of the right places.

Rather than get into some sort of battle with the seller I thought that it would be interesting to try the rescue kit. My buddy is a budding luthier and was quite anxious to try it. I even called StewMac who was more than helpful about the kit, and future enhancements to it.

Now this kit does NOT have the 8-32 die necessary for the early Fender truss rods. We were nervous about how to handle that so I bought a couple of extra 8-32 truss rod nuts from StewMac and intended to make my own die from one of them.

But! As it turned out, after about an hour of boring into the neck 7/8", the truss rod end was exposed and a new truss rod nut just screwed right on lickety-split.

Result: '64 Jag has a working truss rod and is getting final touch-up right now on a jumbo refret job, soon to be jammin' in worst garage band in existence: ours. With the worst lead singer in existence: me!

5.0

Truss Rod Rescue Kit

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What an excellent tool. Every shop should have one. It's a money maker. Easy to use. Two jobs and it's paid for.

4.0

Works good!

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Verified Buyer


It cost too much but I needed it.

4.0

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

5.0

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!

5.0

works great

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

funciona

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Verified Buyer


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

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