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May 23, 2024 - 11:35:37 AM
1 posts since 5/23/2024

I have a Gibson banjo that I am trying to adjust the neck relief. How would I change the neck relief without wrecking the truss rod?

Edited by - ronsmusiccenter on 05/23/2024 12:07:51

May 23, 2024 - 11:40:03 AM
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5114 posts since 2/20/2016

Here's one place to go for answers to your question:

May 23, 2024 - 12:31:01 PM

2818 posts since 1/4/2009

theres a setup forum on this site, it might be a better question for there. Can you describe what the issue with the neck relief is? The more specific you can be the better advice. Are you having issues with buzzing, string heights, intonation?

May 23, 2024 - 1:02:37 PM

5772 posts since 5/29/2011

Is the neck warped? If so, it might be fixed with a truss rod adjustment. If the neck has a back bow, or if it is twisted, a truss rod won't correct it. Gibson used one way truss rods.
Pictures, or a more specific explanation will help to determine the way to correct the situation.

May 23, 2024 - 1:31:30 PM
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5114 posts since 2/20/2016

Somehow the original title and post were changed from a question about a resonator guitar to one about a banjo.


As far as neck relief adjustment is concerned on a pre-war Gibson banjo, my advice is that if one doesn't know what they are doing, the best course of action is to bring the instrument to a seasoned professional repairman. You don't want to mess up the neck on a valuable instrument.

May 25, 2024 - 11:28:53 AM



2369 posts since 8/9/2019

Guys, truss rods are meant to be used.

I'm unsure where the "only let a doctor touch the truss rod" thing came about.

If you're just trying to reduce a little bow, a 16th or 8th of a turn can do wonders.

You can always set the neck bow with no string tension, too. It's in fact easier that way.

Don't go torquing on it like truck lug nuts and you'll be fine. The banjo won't explode.

May 25, 2024 - 2:32:45 PM



5114 posts since 2/20/2016

Yes, but the op indicated he was nervous about the job.
In such a case, it would be better for someone to spend 30 minutes with him in person to show him how.

Also, pre-war Gibson truss rods can be a problem. Some of them work, some of them don't. If they don't, the operator needs to be experienced enough to know when to cease and desist; and what can be done about it.

BTW, the other night I spent the better part of an hour loosening a severely over-adjusted rod on a Seagull guitar. I took at least a full turn out of it. The guy who adjusted it before me was lucky he didn't break the rod or the neck. I'm still waiting for the neck to find its way back to equilibrium.

Edited by - rcc56 on 05/25/2024 14:34:44

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