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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Danelectro necks

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juneau ak.

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May 4th, 2017 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently restrung my Mod 6 to a lighter gauge string, (11's to 10's) doing this produces significant more buzz on the D-G-B strings around the 7th to 14th fret area. This guitar is one of the reissue models made in Korea in the 90's. It has the angled head stock and no truss rod cover plate nor any access under the pick guard for truss rod adjustments so it appears I will be unstringing and removing the neck out of the pocket.

Question, since I'm after a bit more relief do I turn the rod clockwise? and would a 1/4 turn be good start, I realize I'm going to have to do this laborious process more than once to get it dialed in.

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May 4th, 2017 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Start with 1/8 to 1/4 turn counterclockwise and try that. It reduces tension on the rod and that allows the neck to pull into relief.

To check for proper neck relief, have the guitar tuned to pitch.

1. Place a capo lightly at the 1st fret.

2. Lightly press a finger to the 17th fret on the low E string.

3. Use a .012" thickness gauge and check the gap between the bottom of the E string and the top of the 8th fret. The .012" gauge should just squeak in there without moving the string.


LA , Calif

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May 4th, 2017 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Counter clock wise. I've seen some videos doing stock strats with the truss adjust at the body and some just loosen the strings enough to get some of the tension off , remove the neck plate screws and lift the neck just enough to get to the rod adjustment . They don't pull the neck all the way up just enough to access the adjustment. Think I saw it on Fenders site how to videos. Course you may need to hold the peg head down to keep the tension of the strings from pulling the neck up at the peg head.

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(This message was last edited by catnineblue at 04:56 PM, May 4th, 2017)

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