How to fix an old EB-3 neck
Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:22 PM
Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:55 PM
The short answer is - No. There is no simple fix.
FYI, this is not "common" to EB's. It doesn't matter whether it's maple or mahogany or even graphite. I say this because almost all graphite necks now in production have truss rods in them. Older instruments like Steinberegers don't have them but they've now been around long enough to show that nothing is infinitely stiff. Some manage to stay correct, others will bow out and have to be reset with heat treatment. BTW, these were molded with a backbow to achieve the correct relief when strung. Now the truss rods control the flex due to string gauge changes etc.
Everything it going to flex under tension and without a truss rod to control the amount you're looking at an unusable instrument. When I buy used the very first thing I ask is whether the truss rod is working (not maxed out). No adjustment, no sale.
Unfortunately, to make your bass workable you will have to replace it.
P.S. - you don't want to put something else in there (I will have to replace the truss rod with something a lot stiffer). You need to have something that flexes and allows control - you can get a replacement truss rod at Stew-Mac.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 12:49 PM