Help with truss rod. No relief in neck with truss rod all the way loose

Mike M

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So I bought a neck about 6 months ago for a project I did. The neck will give no back bow with the truss rod completely loose. Is there a way to force the neck to have more relief? I can turn the truss rod nut with my fingers because it is so loose and still nothing. I have 10's on the guitar and I don't want to go any higher on the gauge. It is a single action truss rod like a Les Paul.

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Sunburstman

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Hey Mike
stew-mac has a free information video on this, also I had a neck on a guitar build from 10 years ago and I loosend the truss rod and put string size 12's on it which helped.
 

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A couple of approaches. The 'patience' approach is either to string it up with 12s or 13s, or tune it up to F or F-sharp, and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It won't hurt a solidbody one little bit.

The 'now' approach (I do this with new builds) is to put about a quarter-turn of tension on the truss rod, then re-dress the board/frets flat. Now you can back off the nut and get relief.
 

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You are a wise man, indeed, Mr. Hicklin. I don't have your expertise/experience, but did figure out (learn) that if a one-way has to be used, I go at the FB with a card scraper to get at least .012 around the 7th or 8th fret area. Now that was back in the 70's when people were babbling about the making of a two-way- they were a rarity. The always stoned, fellow hippie luthier ( he was very good, notwithstanding) taught me that- I don't claim to have figured that out on my own. I first saw it published in Cumpiano's (and Natelsen) "Tradition and Technology"- even in that, most of the technology was the use of an electric router, though a power (electrical)drill press was routine.
 

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Maybe sit the guitar on two solid supports cradling either end and sit some heavy weight on the fretboard......force it to have relief.
 

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