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Old 06-18-2005, 04:47 PM
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Default How do I lubricate a truss rod?

Does anyone know how to lubricate a truss rod?

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Old 06-20-2005, 10:38 AM
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Yup - the one on my cheap-o guitar is sticky and almost impossible to budge, and I'm told it should be 'oiled'. Anybody? Anybody?
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Yup - the one on my cheap-o guitar is sticky and almost impossible to budge, and I'm told it should be 'oiled'. Anybody? Anybody?
That is the craziest thing I have ever heard. What kind of guitar is it??? I think someone gave you really bad advise..

I guess it isnt as crazy as I thought. Sure surprises me.
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Old 06-20-2005, 11:39 AM
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Yup - the one on my cheap-o guitar is sticky and almost impossible to budge, and I'm told it should be 'oiled'. Anybody? Anybody?
If it is sticky, it is a good idea to oil it, otherwise the threads might seize - especially if it is a cheap-o guitar. If it has a truss rod cover, it will be pretty easy. Just hold the guitar up with the TRC of and put a few drops of good penetrating oil on the threads. If there is no TRC, access to the threads is much more difficult. You'll need a mirror and a light inside the guitar to look and see if you can place a couple of drops near the threads. You should be careful not to get much oil on the surrounding wood.
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Frank Ford recommends doing this on all guitars, even if the adjusting nut moves easily. See http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luth...ml#Maintaining
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If the truss rod nut is hard to turn, you should lube it. I wouldn't use oil, it could run into the surrounding wood. I've used white lithium grease with excellent results. Just loosen the nut (keep track of the number of turns) and apply a SMALL amount of the grease to the threads on the rod and re-tighten the nut to it's previous position.

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