How (& Why) to Adjust Your Guitar’s Truss Rod

adjusting your truss rod

Adjusting the truss rod on your guitar is not as hard as you may think, it’s actually just a few small adjustments and only takes a couple minutes once you know what you are doing. We’ll walk you through it though, it’s better to learn before it’s too late.

The first thing that you are going to need to do is make sure your guitar is tuned, if you are unsure of how to tune your guitar, you might want to pick up a tuner until you get a feel for the correct sound. The Snark SN-5 Tuner is a great way to go for a reliable tuner.

Once tuned, close one eye and look down the neck of your guitar. You’ll notice that the string is a straight line but the neck probably has a curve in it. It might be very subtle so you might have to really look for it.

The easiest way to make the adjustment is to put one finger on the first fret and one on the last, this makes the string a straight edge that runs the length of the neck allowing you to see precisely where the neck is bowed. Now what you want to do once you know exactly where the adjustment is needed, is slowly tighten or loosen the truss rod (clockwise to tighten) until you find some resistance. After that you’ll want to recheck your gap by putting your fingers on the first and last fret again, you want the gap to be close but not touching. If you feel like it is almost done, use your String Action Ruler Gauge Tool to check the distance between you strings and the fret board and make your adjustments accordingly. The final step to adjusting the truss rod is tuning your guitar again,

The reason it is important to adjust your truss rod is because if it is bent too much in the wrong direction in either way it will affect the sound of your guitar and put a lot of stress on the neck which is not good.

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