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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. Each spacer is 7/16" (0.4375") in diameter and 0.200" thick.

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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 4-16-2014
works great

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.

Steve F.  Surrey B.C. Read my reviews (2)
5 4-15-2014

En 15 minutos, y sin experiencia previa, resolví el problema del alma rota, mi viejo Gibson V resucitó.

rmuniz  spain
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4 2-01-2014
Worked like a charm!

A well-meaning friend who SAID he had guitar-tech skills snapped the end off my 1972 LP DeLuxe's truss rod several years ago. Until I moved to a very dry climate a couple years back, I had no issues with the performance of the guitar, but now I want to be able to adjust the neck. The truss rod snapped about 1/16th-inch below the wood. Enter the Stew-Mac Truss Rod Rescue kit. In about 15 minutes, I had fixed the truss rod. I did use a Dremel to hog out a bit of the wood around the truss rod so that the self-guiding cutter could slip over the end of the rod. Then I followed the directions from the video and instruction sheet, relieved 5/8ths-inch of wood, and chased the threads with the die. I installed a spacer and new nut and the job was done, just like that. I would give the tool a 5-star rating, but the price is just too high. I realize that this is a tool made in low volume, very specialized, etc., etc., but come on.....$244.00? Really? If I owned or worked in a guitar shop, I would rate it 5 stars and chock up the price to the cost of doing business.

Kevin Paul  Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
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5 1-06-2014
Must have tool

We've been using one of these at 4seasonspickups and we are very happy with it

4 seasons pickups  Netherlands Read my reviews (11)
4 4-22-2013
buy it

busy repair shop will encounter this problem from time to time. after the 2nd time you use it you've made your money back. its a tool worth having in any repair shop.

IronHorse  Orangeburg, NY Read my reviews (7)
5 3-24-2013
Perfect tool

The cutter and threader are hybrid tools made for this application. They look to be individually milled and not mass produced cast tools. Hence the cost of the two tools. The truss rod snapped off at the bottom of the nut on my R7 Les Paul Goldtop. I'm sure you can imagine the sick felling that overcame me. An online search turned up this tool. I was not happy about the cost, but after getting the kit I understood why it was expensive. I followed the instructions and in a short time I had the truss rod exposed and new threads cut. A new nut and spacer were installed and tension was applied and the neck is fixed and I am a happy customer! If you are a neighbor and you snap your nut, I'll be happy to help you fix it!

wildwall  brewster
5 3-06-2013
Completely worth it

Well over 200$ for a couple cutter bits a handle and some spacers? Absolutely - One saved neck alone pays for the tool in terms of rescuing a vintage piece then collecting your fee. A must for your shop.

GM Reszel  Midwest Read my reviews (6)
5 2-10-2013
Spacers do the trick

I just ordered the spacers. I had a 1961 Gibby whose nut had been tightened to the max and the neck had still started to bow too much for much style. I slipped on one of these spacers, and they worked perfectly. I was able to tighten the rod a bit more and reduce the bow.

royswan  USA Read my reviews (2)
5 12-30-2012
Truss Rod Rescue Saved the Day

This tool worked wonderfully! A hard luck Les Paul came in for restoration, and the broken trussrod was just the icing on the cake. As it was going to be the deal breaker, I took a chance on the Rescue Kit. Last time I had to replace a LP trussrod it took seven hours all told. With this tool I had the job done in half an hour... need I say more? Not having to disturb the bindings or lacquer is an asset in and of itself. I would think twice before using this on a seriously collectible instrument, but for a player's guitar it is the best time saver I have seen in years. Well made, and well worth the price.

Robert Sherman  SF Bay Area, CA
5 9-13-2012
Saved my butt

Thanks to this kit I actually saved quite a bit of money NoT having my local luthier remove my fretboard and replace my truss rod, plus now I can offer this service myself :D

Jimi Tookalook  Canada Read my reviews (2)
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