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#1 goingdownslow

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 05:26 PM

My '91 Thumb Bass has always had a very low action, could be considered too low but it never gave me any problems. I never had cause to adjust anything other than the nut and the bridge when I first bought it new and set it up to suit me.
Last night I did a stand in gig with a band that tuned to E flat, I did that but felt there was some slight buzzing from the lower tension strings. The neck relief appeared not to have changed so this morning I thought I would relieve a bit of tension on the truss rod. The head on the rod felt slack, could easy turn a quarter each way without feeling tight. Turning it over half a turn anti-clockwise it tightened up, turning it clockwise felt like it was just loosening it.
I watched the Warwick video on replacing the truss rod and decided to remove it to inspect it. It is the one way aluminium rod. On looking at the way it worked turning it anti-clockwise tensioned the rod.
So the thing is, there was originally no tension on the rod and there was very little relief on the neck with 45-105 strings on, shows how strong the neck is, but I need a bit of front bow.
The question is, could I install the rod the opposite way around so tensioning it would increase the relief?

Edited by goingdownslow, 30 September 2017 - 08:31 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 05:38 PM

I would email Warwick direct. Supply them with the serial number so they know exactly what type of truss rod your bass has and can advise accordingly.
They are very good at replying promptly.
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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:55 PM

I have no clue, but I like your idea and I'm curious to find out how will you figure it out.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 08:31 PM

Well I have reinstalled the rod the other way around, restrung and tuned then gave the truss rod a quarter turn anti-clockwise to tension it while putting a bit of forward pressure on the neck and it appears to have done the trick.
I suppose it is only like using a two-way rod.
I will keep an eye on it for a while to make sure I have not overdone it.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:37 PM

Go gently with the alloy rods - replaceable, but they can snap with only a bit of effort 😳

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:44 PM

It is 100% fine to swap the one way truss rod around, I have done the same with one of my Warwick basses :)

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