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Need to replace 335 truss rod nut; should I remove/loosen strings first?

#1 User is offline   willdguitar 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 04:17 PM

Long story short, there is too much relief on my 335, but before tightening I need to replace the nut.

Should I do this at full tension, with loosened strings, or should I remove the strings entirely?

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#2 User is online   jedzep 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 04:53 PM

Loosened strings is OK. Is the nut cracked or otherwise screwed up?
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#3 User is offline   Dave F 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:34 PM

Be sure you clean off the threads of the rod. If they're caked up with remnants of the softer brass nut, it will just strip out the next nut.

I had a J-50 where someone added washers to get the nut on the cleaner part of the thread. After I bought it, I made a die that fit my truss rod nut and cleaned of the thread then put on a new nut.

I believe StewMac makes a die for this.

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