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  1. Hi, So anyone have an idea about how this (double-action, 2-way) Truss-Rod actually works ? Thanks
  2. Thanks everyone for your replies so far. After changing to the lighter strings: The TR was originally just under tension, and there was virtually no relief. So the neck appeared straight. And I only backed it off ACW about 1/8 turn then it went loose. Continuing ACW while pressing in the TR, started to tighten the TR and gave some relief. So I've only moved it about 1/8 to 1/4 turn ACW, so it should adjust further without too much resistance. But I'm puzzled as to what type of construction this dual TR actually is, would it be like the bi-flex on the fender ?
  3. Hi I'd be really grateful for some practical advice please. I've got the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar. (who's spec says that the 'Truss Rod' is a: double-action, 2-way) BTW: This is the LP Epi with the addition of an acoustic pick-up discreetly positioned at the end of the fretboard, and apparently it's body is hollowed out slightly, to add an acoustic chamber. FIRST: I must say, that it would be really helpful and responsible of Gibson, if they would make this kind of information readily available, easy to understand, and easy to find. Then perhaps Gibson's valuable customers, could concentrate on playing our very expensive purchases, rather than having to waste endless and unnecessary time fixing them !!! They should also acknowledge that a forum as this, as good as it is, is no substitute for responsible customer support ! But it is however a valuable great tool for them, giving them access to all this market research for free ! So they have absolutely no excuse for not creating the best guitars on the planet. At the moment, I feel they are simply trading on a name, that the 60's elevated to the position that they are currently basking in. Moan Over ! I know that truss-rod-adjustment has been debated at length before, however, I have a very similar issue to that of BSS, at: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/75827-new-epiphone-truss-rods/ (see his pics of the truss-rod-adjuster on his 'Studio Dot' which are the same as mine) and perhaps 'seattleguy' at: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/87595-please-help-me-find-an-ultra-339-that-doesnt-have-fret-buzz/ After changing the original heaver strings for lighter strings (to: .009 / .042) I get some fret buzz, which is worse on the bass strings. I tried raising the bridge quite a bit on the bass side, which is not really satisfactory. I checked the Neck-Relief which is slight, so I tried to adjust the truss-rod to add more Neck-Relief. I believe that this requires me to turn the allen-key-anti-clockwise, but after a slight adjustment, the truss-rod goes loose, in fact it's head (where I inserted the allen-key) pulls forward as I try to remove the allen-key ! So it seems that the body-end of the truss-rod has unscrewed from its anchor ? (I didn't think that this was supposed to happen ?) I can re-attach the truss-rod to its anchor, by turning the allen-key-clockwise, but obviously this doesn't solve my Neck-Relief problem, but just makes it worse. However: If I press inwards on the truss-rod and continue to turn the allen-key anti-clockwise, then the truss-rod tightens again, and does seem to add some Neck-Relief. So the questions are: a: Is this normal for this type of truss-rod ? b: If so, how does it achieve it (if it's no longer connected to its anchor) ? and c: People say that you shouldn't continue to adjust the truss-rod if it goes tight, but by definition, it has to go tight, in order for it to meet the resistance of the truss-rod channel, so that it can apply pressure to the neck. So the real question is: (As I'd like to add more Neck-Relief) how tight is tight ? I'd really appreciate your advice, especially if you've had this problem, with this type of guitar/truss-rod and solved it. Many thanks.
  4. Thanks Peter, that' greatly appreciated. I've now got the socket to work. everything now seems to work, except... Now the bridge pick-up is very, very distorted... any ideas anyone ? Thanks
  5. Thanks, Eracer_Team & BigKahune. BigKahun: Do you have any links for the demo videos ? because for some reason I keep ending up back at the Gibson website. Thanks.
  6. Hi Sheila Many thanks for your reply and welcome. I bought and collected it new, from a genuine Gibson/Epi dealer. Thanks, but I'd rather not have to trek 30 mile back to the dealer, if this is something simple that I can easily fix. Thanks.
  7. Hi I've just took delivery of an: epiphone les paul ultra 2, electric guitar faded cherry sunburst This is my first Epiphone, and so far I'm not impressed ! It didn't come with an owners manual or cable... So I'm not sure how to use the controls or the 2 sockets ? I've tried to insert my normal lead (ie: which has a standard mono 1/4" jack plug that fits my fender) into these 2 sockets, however... It won't go into the [Mono-Socket] more than half way, (ie it won't latch). And... It will go into the [stereo-Socket] but it's very tight, and only one control seems to do anything. So I would appreciate some guidance please. Thanks.
  8. Hi I've just took delivery of an: epiphone les paul ultra 2, electric guitar faded cherry sunburst This is my first Gibson, and so far I'm not impressed ! It didn't come with an owners manual or cable... So I'm not sure how to use the controls or the 2 sockets ? I've tried to insert my normal lead (ie: which has a standard mono 1/4" jack plug that fits my fender) into these 2 sockets, however... It won't go into the [Mono-Socket] more than half way, (ie it won't latch). And... It will go into the [stereo-Socket] but it's very tight, and only one control seems to do anything. So I would appreciate some guidance please. Thanks.
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