Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 79
broken. I assume that Fender used thread-locking glue on this as it was
screwed into the anchor nut, but maybe it wasn't enough.
5) I couldn't free the bullet from the mangled threads.
6) With the rod removed, I turned my attention to the anchor. The
first step was to drill a hole and tap it with a 10-32 thread.
7) To pull the anchor up and out, I used a knob/bushing puller made
by fellow repairman Les Schatten.
8) With a 10-32 Allen cap screw threaded through washers and into
the anchor, the tool's harness pulls up on the anchor with even force (to
loosen grime or any glue that might have been on it, I did heat the anchor
a bit with the tip of my soldering iron).
9) Using the original rod threaded into the anchor, I placed the anchor
over the spot where it installs and was able to measure its length so I
could make a new one.
10) To make the new rod, I used StewMac's truss rod kit, which has a
24" rod with its adjusting end threaded 10-32. To thread the anchor end,
the user cuts the rod to length then uses a 10-32 die mounted to a handle.
11) Before inserting the anchor, I coated the threads with a metal-infused
epoxy (J-B Weld) to insure the truss stays in the anchor. I used the Allen
bolt as a handle to align the anchor at the right depth and position for