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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!

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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.

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.

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In this issue:
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.

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Truss Rod Rescue Kit
Truss Rod Rescue Kit
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5 8-26-2012

Simple,effective, time saving, and accurate. Well worth every penny to be able to resurrect life into a shot out rod. Performed on a 2004 Gibson custom es355 and you'd never know til the truss cover is unscrewed.

repairitfrank  new jersey
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5 7-31-2012
Hoefner Bassguitar repair

The 1967 Hoefner 500/6 Bass, which has already been played by good ol' daddy and now belongs to me has revived after years of slumbering due to this nice little gadget. HAPPY !!!

Topal  Vienna
5 7-26-2012
Get one and make serious money

So I was restoring a 1976 fender P-Bass and the previous owner give the truss rod nut just too many turns. As soon as I tried to unscrew it I knew that the metal was damaged and that probably if I tried to adjust the neck it would break, and so it did. I used the busing to keep the cutting tool aligned, but be careful, do not cut too quick. Be sure to cut in a straight line and check your progress every little turn at a time or you will catch the metal of the rod with the cutting tool. The worse would be to cut unevenly at each side. If you do, the die will not catch the rod properly and you will end up with an unusable truss rod. I purposively did those experiments on spare necks and find out how to do it wrong before fixing that 76 bass neck. One thing that I would like to have in hand is an extra long fender slotted truss rod nut to cover the extra space that is left behind after the repair. Just to keep that truss rod nut flush to the wood as it was originally. Excellent tool and a money maker.

Marcos Ruiz  Puerto Rico
3 5-18-2012
OK, but . . .???

This works, but for the life of me I cannot see how this should cost more than $100 retail. By the time its shipped and in my house, its the better part of $250, and unless the cutters are made from titanium, I really can't justify the price. Its not even gold-plated for this much. Love Stew Mac, but this is over-priced.

bodid  Spearfish, SD
5 7-22-2011
This Tool Will Make You Money

We've been using one of these for over 5 years now and not only does it work as advertised but it brings us jobs from other repair shops who don't want to spend to money to get their own.

Jack Straw Guitars  Prescott, Arizona Read my reviews (7)
5 9-24-2010
Gibson 165 Repair.

The first time that I used this tool was when a long time customer brought in his 165 with a broken truss rod. I had known the guy for years and never seen the guitar! Literally, my hands had been on all the rest of his guitar collection?!? He had the thing in the closet for years knowing that the broken truss rod would be a King's ransom to repair. I told'em, "Don't worry. I have just the thing." I bought the tool and it took me longer to read the instructions than it did to perform the repair! I never even took the strings off his guitar!!! 15 Minutes of tool time, and it was DONE! That old chore that we charged $600 for and required refrets and finish work is now no sweat. I have a very happy customer and his vintage 165 is back on the gig. Thanks to your team for developing this beauty of a tool. Denny Kopp

Kopp String Instruments  Catawba Island, Ohio Read my reviews (13)
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