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  1. FT 165 Bard 12 string question

    10 August 2017 - 12:51 PM

    Hey guys,

    I'm writing on behalf of someone (my Dad) who has an Epiphone 12 string 'FT165 Bard' guitar. It's a gorgeous guitar, but a real pain to play. The action seems much higher than it should be, so we took it in to the guitar shop to get a new setup. Basically it seems that whoever had it before didn't know what they were doing and has managed to thread the truss rodd. (D'oh!) Without being able to alter this, there was only so much the guitar guy could do to make it playable (especially for myself, since I love having guitars set to the lowest action possible in most cases). Later on, using a bit of brute force and luck, we managed to remove the nut of the truss rod. Having done this, we plan on putting a new nut on the truss rod, and finally changing the neck relief to make it more playable. The trouble is, we don't know what sort of thread the truss rod uses, and it doesn't seem easy to find out. This is especially complicated since I'm from the UK, and understand that these guitars were made either in the US or in Japan (and no obvious way or telling which), so would likely have used measurements we're not familiar with, and possibly different parts entirely. Of course I'd be happy to order the truss rod nut from the States, but I'd rather get the right part the first time. So I guess the question I'm asking is whether anyone out there knows the details of the thread used for these truss rods, and just what kind of nut we should be buying to put on the end of it. Any links to the right item would be very welcome!

    Also, out of curiosity, if I post the serial number (26411) can anyone date this particular guitar or give an idea of whether it was made in the states or Japan. Not that it really makes any difference!

    Many thanks for any info,
    Squark!

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