Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 62
Column Dan's Guitar RX
StrIke three, You're... In!
Or If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again
By Dan erlewine
efore this Hamer 12-string bass arrived in my shop, I
knew one of its two truss rods was stripped. The rods
are both two-way adjustable, positioned toward the
edges, and "captured" in the neck, which means it impossible to remove/replace their adjusting nut.
I took the job for two reasons. First, I had never worked
on one of these monsters. Second, I figured a Gripper
wrench (designed for work on truss rods) would save the
day. I was wrong.
1) While the bass-side truss worked fine, the treble-side
adjusting nut was stripped from overtightening and someone having used an improperly sized Allen wrench. All signs
of the original hex socket were gone, and even the Gripper
couldn't find purchase in the mangled hole. Strike one!
2) I didn't give up. My next approach started with the
bass clamped upright.
3) I cut out the middle section of a good-sized plastic
Photos: Kate Erlewine.