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 Post subject: 1980s early style 360/12 Truss Rod Problems
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:57 pm 

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I've got what was advertised as a 1986 360/12 -
See here

but is clearly an older style somehow as the truss rod is pre 84' style.

When I got it the truss rod could not be adjusted ecause the nuts were too close to the headstock.
see here

So I took it to a shop and they installed these newer nuts. But when I tightened these nuts, they just dug into the truss rod spacer.
see here-

I pulled the nuts off and here's what I'm left with.
See here-

and here -

What do I do now? Should I pull the spacer out and clean it up and put something else on top? Does it require washers? Should I fab a steel plate for on top of the spacer so the torque doesn't damage it?

I've never taken one of these apart before, so I don't know if it's safe to remove the spacer or pull the truss rods out from the neck.

It's been a year since I had the guitar worked on, and had these nuts installed. I don't want to take it back to them, I've had it with their work.

I've looked up how adjusting an old rick truss rod is supposed to work, and I've read that folks have replaced the spacer with a taller one. I've never found any resources that say HOW to fix this though.

Also, the truss rod works fine. I just couldn't get it any tighter without the nuts digging into the spacer, and I didn't want to continue torquing. I was able to get about .006" of neck relief measuring with a feeler gauge around the 8th fret with the 1st and last frets fretted.

Can anyone offer advice or point me in the right direction?

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