I had a Fender Telecaster knock off in college which had some serious neck
warpage.....so I rebuilt it myself, using the shop woodworking tools to fab up a
new one, transferring the existing fretboard onto it. I remember carefully
routing the channel for the truss rod. I spent more time on this project than
the guitar was actually worth.
Many guitars made now have a steel reinforced neck (with the exception of
traditional classical guitars which don't need one as the string tension from
nylon strings is not sufficient to require it) but a steel reinforced neck is
not necessarily an adjustable truss rod.
I was given a small semi-hollow bodied electric guitar with a neck that was
terribly warped. It was twisted and bowed way beyond anything close playability.
It was twisted so severely that the headstock was about 30 degrees offset from
the heel of the neck. I removed the neck, bolted the heel to one small plank and
the headstock to another. Using clamps on the workbench and planks to apply
twisting pressure opposite of the twist and heat from a hairdryer I was able to
straighten it to near perfect in a couple of days. Heat it up, increase the
clamp pressures, let it cool and repeat until the neck was straight and it
played really well once re-assembled.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2012 01:59PM by BlahX3.