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Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:20 pm
by gene downs
Stewmac used to sell one, but no more. Anybody know where I can buy this type of rod? It uses one rod that can correct for both bow and backbow. The rod has both ends threaded: one forward and one reverse - and it turns in two blocks, one at each end. I used to make my own but am not setup to now.

These rods are a lot lighter weight than the hotrod type dual-rod setup, which is kind of a thing with me.

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:44 pm
by Warren May
I've used the double action rods from Luthiers Mercantile International a couple of times and it might suit. Not sure about it being lightweight, though. It has right and left-hand threaded rod that can adjust both ways along with a flat metal that rides next to the fretboard. I think it requires a TR slot that isn't quite as deep as the StewMac hotrods.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:05 pm
by Mark Swanson
The rod sold by Allied is the best one out there- have a look at that one.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:08 am
by Rodger Knox
+1 on the Allied rod. It doesn't require as much depth as the StewMac hotrod, but it's not really much lighter. It's a bar and a rod instead of two rods, saving some depth but not really any weight.
I suspect that the end anchoring would be a little tricky for a single rod providing dual adjustment.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:06 pm
by Greg Robinson
Another +1 on the Allied rods.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:24 pm
by gene downs
I like my guitars to be as light as is practical. And on my personal guitars, I always put the strap button on the back of the neck around the 18th fret, SG style (they just play a lot better when put there). Needless to say, that makes the thing tend to be neck heavy.

Kinda looks like I might have to start making my own again. But I'll have a look at the Allied. I'm sure I've seen it before, but I've never used it.

Thanks, guys.

Oh, by the way....

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:27 pm
by gene downs
Anybody know anything about Bruce Johnson's trussrod? Apparently, there's something new/different/better about it. The pics on his website don't reveal much though. I imagine he would sell them. Maybe I'll email him.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:59 pm
by Chris Lounsbury
Right after the LMI rod was mentioned, several people acknowledged their love of the Allied rod. They both appear to use the same type of construction. I have used the LMI rod with satisfaction but never tried the Allied rod. Can anyone who has used both provide a comparison?

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:00 pm
by Bob Gramann
You don't have to turn as hard to adjust the Allied rod. You have to turn it more than the LMI rod to achieve the same neck deflection--in other words, it gives a finer adjustment. I use them in most of my guitars.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:07 pm
by Dave Stewart
Can someone advise on the Allied rod.... what's it weigh and what are the slot dimensions?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:48 am
by Bob Gramann
The 13" Allied rod that I use is 109g, .25" wide, and .353" deep.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:33 pm
by Dave Stewart
thanks Bob

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:18 pm
by David King
Bruce used to have a photo montage of how he makes his rods on his site I think. You can make one on a drill press with off the shelf parts. It's actually an old design and it works best in a curved slot. Why do you need a two way rod?

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:34 pm
by gene downs
Not sure I want to answer that....

Okay, as often as not my necks come out slightly backbowed after gluing the fingerboard on. You'd think I would have solved that problem by now, after having done this off and on since ... 1976? Damn! So maybe I need to start a new thread on glue ups and backbow? lol. Ya think!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:18 pm
by Mark Swanson
You know that comes from using water-based glue for the fingerboard/neck joint, right? The water in the glue expands the wood surface when it's wet, and it dries that way. If you use epoxy, that problem goes away.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:35 pm
by gene downs
Yeah, I know. But I've had too many bad experiences with (admittedly cheap) epoxy: not hardening properly, failed bonds, etc. I'm kind of scared of it at this point.

I have in mind to come up with a neck gluing jig that introduces a tiny bit of forward bow. I just never seem to get around to actually building it.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:43 pm
by Bob Gramann
Just to see it, I ordered one of the Martin dual-action truss rods. It weighs 139 g. I have pulled off the shrink wrap and looked at it. It is threaded only on the adjustment end, welded on the other. So, it's a bit simpler than the Allied rod. It also requires more force to adjust than the Allied rod and one turn moves it more. The slot it requires is pretty much the same as the Allied rod with two exceptions: it can be rounded on the bottom and the adjustment end requires wider a 9mm slot. I would always install this one to adjust from the soundhole. I made a router slip on a nearly finished neck, which I had to discard, and was able to remove this rod by pulling it out of the slot without removing the fingerboard. I understand that Martin has been using these for about 5 years. With that many out there, it's probably pretty reliable. I plan to get some more and try them.

Regarding glue, I've built with Titebond, epoxy, and HHG joining the fingerboard to the neck. I always use HHG now and have for many years. Yes, it puts a bit of backbow in the neck. I wait a couple of weeks after I glue before I level and fret the neck. If the string tension doesn't bring it to perfect, and it usually does, the double action rod puts it where I want it. My necks usually require another adjustment about a month after I first string up the instrument. I abandoned the Titebond and the epoxy for that joint because of creep. When the weather changes, sometimes the joint between the fingerboard and the neck would become detectable with your fingers. HHG doesn't allow that. I don't use epoxy for anything anymore.

Re: Single-rod dual-action trussrod?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:48 pm
by Mark Swanson
When the weather changes, sometimes the joint between the fingerboard and the neck would become detectable with your fingers. HHG doesn't allow that.


Yes Bob but I wonder about that. What happens if the wood of the neck and the fingerboard changes with the weather, or seasons, at different rates (which they do) and the glue will not allow that small bit of creep? The glue joint can break right off, or weaken and separate.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:09 pm
by Bob Gramann
I have never had that problem. My guess is that the wood is able to accommodate that small amount. When it happened on my early guitars with the Titebond or epoxy, the edge wasn't visible but was feelable. Once, and only once, I had a customer who severely dried out his guitar--the fret ends were sticking out 1/16" on each side. The fingerboard on that guitar cracked in the middle. (All of the cracks closed after three months in my 40% room--that guitar was really dry).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:13 am
by Barry Daniels
gene downs wrote:Yeah, I know. But I've had too many bad experiences with (admittedly cheap) epoxy: not hardening properly, failed bonds, etc. I'm kind of scared of it at this point.


The obvious cure for that is to use a quality product. You owe it to yourself. I like West Systems epoxy and have never had it fail on me.