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 Post subject: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:00 pm 
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Loosen the strings?

It's just a tad bowed more than I like... but I saw John's comments about keeping string tension on the guitar at all times.

In the past I always loosened the strings completely to keep fro stripping screws...

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K


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:43 pm 
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Konrad,

Check out the relevant section in the online manual:

http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/manual.pdf

Cheers, Kez


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:43 pm 
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I've got the manual, bud.

It looks like you would loosen the strings, but it's not clear. It says to tighten them up after you've moved them out of the slot, so I would assume this means to loosen them first...

Anyone?

K


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:16 pm 
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I've got the manual, bud.

It looks like you would loosen the strings, but it's not clear. It says to tighten them up after you've moved them out of the slot, so I would assume this means to loosen them first...

Anyone?

K


Yes, loosen them a little first. Having them loose for a few minutes won't hurt anything. I believe John Hall's comment means that you shouldn't leave the strings loose for any significant length of time.


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:48 pm 
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My understanding is this...

Loosen the strings to remove the truss rod cover.
Bring the guitar back into pitch.
Adjust the truss rod.
Loosen the stings again to reinstall the truss rod cover.
Bring the guitar back into pitch.
Have fun playing your guitar.


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:40 pm 
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You should always make truss rod adjustments to the neck with the strings tuned to playing pitch. The rod(s) are there to offset the tension of the strings, and the neck, rods, and strings all act together. Loosening, adjusting, checking, loosening and adjusting and checking again, etc. is an unnecessary hassle. Of course, you do need to loosen the strings to remove and replace the TRC on a Ric, but the actual rod adjustments are made under tension.


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 Post subject: Re: If I want to tweak the neck, should I...
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I have to agree with Nightsky and Free Faller. Adjust the truss rods with the strings at pitch for exactly yhe reasons Free Faller mentioned.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:27 am 
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I also agree, provided that the guitar is a 1985 or newer model. Also as Beatlefreak has said in past posts, the rods should not be adjusted any more than 3 hours (¼ turn) daily. Of course you can play your Ric between adjustments.

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