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:
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) ?
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.