Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod

Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod

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Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod 12-1/4" overall length

12-1/4" overall length

Item # 2650
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Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod 14-1/4" overall length

14-1/4" overall length

Item # 2651
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Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod 18" overall length

18" overall length

Item # 2652
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Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod 24" overall length

24" overall length

Item # 2653
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Hot Rod Low Profile 2-Way Truss Rod

About This Item

Easy to install in guitars, banjos and basses! Great for thinner necks that need a shallow truss rod depth. These strong, 2-way adjustable rods correct both upbow and backbow.

Used by Martin, Epiphone, Ibanez, Squier, ESP and Godin.

This ingenious dual-rod design fits a straight 1/4"-wide x 3/8"-deep channel (measured from the bottom of the fingerboard). The adjustment nut turns smoothly inside a nickel-plated sleeve, requiring a 4mm Allen wrench (not included). The steel rods are shrink wrapped to prevent rattling.

The low profile means you don't have to remove risky amounts of wood to install this two-way rod. That means there's less chance of cutting into your truss rod channel when shaping a thin neck.

"I've used these rods with great results, in new builds as well as replacements. They’re very strong, and easy to install."
—Erick Coleman, StewMac tech advisor

Pick the Hot Rod Truss Rod size you'll need:
(overall length includes the nut)

Instrument
Resonator guitar
Acoustic guitar with 12th fret at the body
Acoustic guitar with 14th fret at the body
Electric guitar
Banjo
Bass
Size
12-1/4"
12-1/4"
14-1/4"
18"
18"
24"


Channel size required
1/4"-wide x 3/8"-deep (6.35mm x 9.52mm)
Depth measured from the bottom of the fingerboard

Professional installation
We made special routers and reamers to install these truss rods quickly and accurately:
Installation Tools for Low Profile Truss Rod



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Instructions

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4.0
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3.0

Well built rod, unpleasing directions and final product....

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Verified Buyer


I purchaced this rod, as well as the bit and reamer suggested. The bit and reamer worked just fine, great tools, and to be fair, this rod is well built and smooth. My only issue is that, at the junction of the rods and tightening cap, the rod expands from 1/4 in, to about 5/8ths. this expanded section of the rod required me to carve away the slot cut by the router bit and reamer to accommodate. maybe i installed it wrong, but the directions Stew mac provides leave a bit to be desired.

1.0

Not what I expected

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Verified Buyer


After being used to the two-way SM truss rods with the brass nut blocks, this did not compare. It was not smooth, took a lot more effort, and was sticky in operation. Won't put this in a client guitar. This design needs to go back to the drawing board. Not worth sending back.

Response from StewMac


Hello Scott,

We're sorry to hear our Hot Rod Low Profile Truss Rods did not meet your expectations. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. Remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this. Once again, we apologize for any inconveniences. Thank you for your feedback.

5.0

truss rod

By

Verified Buyer


works great.

2.0

Low Profile

By

Verified Buyer


The Head is too large for some neck/head designs to be a low profile rod. I do like the price.

5.0

A Nice Tidy Way to Install a Truss Rod

By

Verified Buyer


I've been using StewMac low profile truss rods for a while and just bought some more. They are easy to install and the two way action is handy. The low profile lets them fit in most necks. The reaming tool works well and is worth the money - no more carving with a knife or chisel to make the barrel fit.

4.0

Good truss rod in my opinion.

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Verified Buyer


I see lots of negative reviews for the rod but I am happy with the rod. As others have said, it requires a careful routing for the channel. Stewmac seems to have updated their installation instructions to show what you need. I would recommend you use a router table and route before you taper the neck to make it easy on yourself. The reamer works well enough after you sharpen it a bit and it is a necessity, in my opinion, as is the deepening of the slot...instead of the approach Stewmac uses, I made the slot taper just a bit to compensate for the taper of the rod...easy enough to measure what you need for a shim with calipers and that's why the router table is vital!

2.0

There are much better fitting truss rods on the market...

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These are ok, I guess... but honestly, I'm not going to fuss with the poor fit of these again. Mine wasn't consistent in width or depth, and the recommended ream tool doesn't work with this. Customer support was just "ok". I guess I'm getting a refund once they receive the returned parts. I feel misled on the installation tool info. Now I'm out some of my time & some materials. Customer support isn't even trying to win me back. Since the web info was wrong, this is clearly StewMac's fault. Usually, when a company makes a mistake like this, they will go above & beyond to keep loyalty. A simple refund doesn't quite seem to be enough. Even a measly 5% discount on my next order, wasn't possible. Oh well, lesson learned.

Buy it if you want, but be warned.

I found another supplier & will likely not be back.

3.0

The old ones were better.

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Verified Buyer


I've used a few of these now and I can say Im a little flustered with the result. I find the old ones were more robust and fit better when using StewMac's install tool.

My biggest complaint is I have yet to be able to install one with out the plastic shim inside the heat shrink, that runs the length of the rod, sticking above the surface of the channel. Check out the photo to see what I mean. My channel is the right size but a small lip always sticks above the glue surface of the neck.

To fix this I have to either remove more wood from a slot I know works with the older rods or cut back the heat shrink a little and clip some of the plastic shim off. I choose the latter to avoid making the channel deeper. If you follow the dimensions given in the instructions for the slot this will most likely happen to you too.

5.0

2nd Verse Same-ish as the 1st

By

Verified Buyer


New version is still great 2 way truss rod. I think it is little different dimension wise from the previous version so watch out for that.

5.0

Already received

By

Verified Buyer


Goods in the right position, good quality, very interested.

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