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

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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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1.0

Not a low profile at all!

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Verified Buyer


Advertised as low profile, this is simply not correct. The bulk part of the rod is low profile, all right. However the adjustment portion is bulky and actually require a vastly deeper channel to be cut compared to the advertised 3/8" (9.5mm). If you are doing a fender style neck, that might not be an issue, but I make angled heads with the adjustment under the nut. With this rod I have to rout a cavity that is at least 10.7mm (.42"). With a 1/4" thick fretboard (6.35mm) the total depth of the needed cut, measured from the top of the fretboard, is 17mm. If you are doing a thin neck, say 19 mm thick in total you are left with a scary 2mm thickness behind the rods adjustment nut! And that is not un-resonably thin, original Ibanez Wizzard necks are 17 mm, try that with these rods!

Apart from that I really like the rods functionality with the enclosed adjustment mechanism. I would put this as a 3 or 4 star review if the complete measurements were revield (a simple drawing please) But I has to make it a 1 star review. Part of this is the lack of cruisial information, part is to get Stewmacs attention to the need for further information to us buyers

Response from StewMac


Hi Peter,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear that the Hot Rod Low-profile 2-Way Truss Rod didn't work for you as you expected. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied with an item, you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestions for more detailed installation instructions with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products.

While this truss rod can be installed at either the heel or peghead of a neck, we only have instructions for installing it at the heel becasue that's how we recommmend installing it. If you do prefer to install the truss rod with the adjustment nut at the peghead, we recommend leaving at least 3/32" (2.38mm) thickness remaining between the bottom of the channel and back of the neck.

2.0

Misleading - Only low profile if you install from heel end

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Verified Buyer


They should put in the description that these are 'low profile' only if you install it from the heel end. you'll need to remove far more wood than the other hot rods to accommodate the adjustment head and transition into the main long portion of the rod. the rods work fine but are a bit more resistant to turning which will be confusing to some who think the rod is stuck. I bought a few of these at once and I'll have to rework some of the necks I've got to make the adjustment at the heel end. i'd buy the older hot rod allen truss rods but the few i've had havent fared well over the years. even had one break on me.

5.0

Truss Worthy

By

Verified Buyer


Just installed, and so far worked awesome, very easy.
Tested before install, as they recommend, and seems super.

3.0

Newer Hot rod

By

Verified Buyer


I kind of like the older version because I would braze a plate on to the end facing the nut because on the classical guitars I build I use Spanish cedar. To do a thin neck the truss rod will push against the rosewood fingerboard and crack the neck trying to break through the thin cedar.

3.0

Hot Rod

By

Verified Buyer


Most of time work great had one literally break at the bolt. Otherwise pretty dependable.

3.0

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

By

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

By

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.

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