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Jun 20, 2024 - 3:10:54 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72288 posts since 10/5/2013

Well, I kinda goofed - last year I loosened the truss rod cuz some strings were buzzing on the frets,, problem solved,, but not really. Yesterday I tightened the head, which I should’ve done first last year,, and now the action is too high. Thing is, I can’t remember how i adjusted the truss rod , what tool I used - I don’t have the original ODE tool. Anyone know of a substitute I can use? (it’s the hole in the heel type,, a piece about 3/8 long by 1/8 wide that needs to be turned)

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/20/2024 15:49:23

Jun 20, 2024 - 3:18:47 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

12088 posts since 6/29/2003

When I purchased my Baldwin ODE style D in the 70's, it came with a tool that essentially was a T handled metal tube (to fit the hole) which the end was squashed in a bit to form two flat surfaces to fit over what I suspected was a rectangled top of the adjuster (does that make sense?). It looked like an afterthought and not a something that was designed as an adjusting tool. Maybe they ran out of the proper tool and substituted this other one. Who knows. It did work.

Jun 20, 2024 - 3:39:28 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72288 posts since 10/5/2013

Somebody mentioned on an archived thread to make one out of copper pipe by cutting a slit in the end for the rectangular piece to fit into. Hmm… I have no shop or cutting tool for that. There must be some gizmo/widget out there that'll work. I'll ask STUD Al


 

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/20/2024 15:46:39

Jun 20, 2024 - 4:18:58 PM

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Please post pics of actual banjo as i am not familure with that setup..

Jun 20, 2024 - 4:21:50 PM
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Do you need to twist a flat spade in that hole..?

If so you could beat or crush a copper pipe to a tight oval..
That may fit it..

Jun 20, 2024 - 4:36:16 PM

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Jun 20, 2024 - 4:38 PM

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You gonna need a hack saw n some kinda vice..

The guy used a small bolt ..5/16"ths i think..

Jun 20, 2024 - 4:50:23 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72288 posts since 10/5/2013

Thanks, Al.... Copper pipe crushed a bit seems to be the answer. I’m not set up for any shop work,, no vise, but do have some tools.

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/20/2024 16:50:41

Jun 20, 2024 - 5:02:12 PM
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Get a hammer... ;0)

Jun 20, 2024 - 5:03:48 PM

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I can make ya one..n..mail it to ya.
:0)

Jun 20, 2024 - 5:35:35 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72288 posts since 10/5/2013

Thanks a bunch, Al… but I got it covered. yes

Jun 20, 2024 - 9:41:58 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

I can make ya one..n..mail it to ya.
:0)


Al I'd gladly pay for the effort if you have the means to make one of these. I sure don't!

Jun 21, 2024 - 3:43:20 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by looped77
quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

I can make ya one..n..mail it to ya.
:0)


Al I'd gladly pay for the effort if you have the means to make one of these. I sure don't!


Very happy to do it for you..

It sounds simple..

Can you post an actual picture of the tool?

Pm me..with how to send it to you..

Jun 21, 2024 - 10:36:25 AM
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250 posts since 8/31/2015

In my first year at Mass Street Music, I had an old ODE on my workbench and decided to make one of these truss rod tools from a steel rod that we had laying around in the shop. I cut a notch in it and worked perfectly, got the banjo set up well and continued on with my day. Later that afternoon Jim, the owner of the store, yelled at me "Trey!! What did you cut on the bandsaw???" I made the rookie mistake of cutting steel on a bandsaw set-up for wood and ruined the blade. Doh. Sometimes our mistakes are how we learn the most valuable lessons!

-TD

Jun 21, 2024 - 10:05:59 PM
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271 posts since 5/13/2009

Here's my stab.


 

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