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
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12-1/4" overall length

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

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

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


Instructions

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5.0

A Nice Tidy Way to Install a Truss Rod

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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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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

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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

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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

Low Profile!

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Verified Buyer


This worked out perfect with my slim tapered profile. No worries while shaping.

3.0

Heat shrink

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Verified Buyer


I was a little unimpressed with the heat shrink applied to the truss rod. It was sloppy and loose in a couple areas. This being an issue since the truss rod needs to sit tight in a slot. The ends were also not cut clean.. again causing an issue with a tight pocket...

3.0

not as good as it could be

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Verified Buyer


can work fine, but the design of this is pretty obnoxious: unlike the regular HR truss rods that have two, slightly wider, blocks of brass at each end to anchor them when you twist the adjustment nut, these are 1/4" the whole length, but then at the nut, have a round bit right before the nut that is slightly wider on the bottom (hard to explain till you have them in hand).
the problem is that because it's on the bottom, you have to use a slightly bigger router bit (its of course some random size too) to make room for it at the bottom, leaving the top of that end to be unanchored and haveing a bunch of slop when to turn the adjusting nut.
its just a crappy design. I suspect it is sold so you have to buy ANOTHER super specialty tool (the reamer) and tag on another $30 and shipping.

5.0

It Fits!

By

Verified Buyer


Awesome product!

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