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i posted this as a reply earlier, but i figured i'd post again....

i have a strat neck that i am wanting to perform a truss rod transplant on. it is off of a MIM strat, rosewood fretboard, adjusts at the nut end of the neck.

i know it's probably not worthe the time to do this, but i want to learn.

i have already started to remove the skunk stripe, to try and get it out, but the skunk stripe is breaking into little pieces.

i wonder now, if removing the fretboard would be easier....

also, does tha anchor part, at the heel of the neck unscrew, off of the rod?

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cool, thanks for the link.....good stuff there....

another question....does it matter what kind of wood i use to replace the skunk stripe? does it have to be a hardwood?

i have heard that the originals are made of Koa

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i found a piece of mahogany ( i think) in my basement...looks like it was off of a chair, in a past life...i think i will try to use it.

can you but skunk stripes pre made any where?

i wonder if i could inlay something fancy in there???

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ok, i now have the "skunk stripe" removed, as well as the truss rod.

i had tried an iron, to heat melt the glue, but as i pried on the stripe, it was just breaking, and making a big mess. i realized that there would be no way for me to get it out without destroying it, so i decided to break out the dremmel (i love dremmels), and i cut right up the middle of the stripe. i then used an iron, to heat the glue, and a razor to remove the rest of it. it came out pretty clean.

as it turns out, removing the fretboard would not have provided access to the truss rod on this neck. i took some pictures of my work, and would post them, if i knew how.

now the question is, where to find a truss rod....

or, i could make one...hmm...

also, does anyone have any tips on how to make a new "skunk stripe"?

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You can find a reasonably priced truss rod at www.stewmac.com

I just picked one up for a bass I repaired for $12 or so. You might want to get a few other items while you're there because shipping on the rod was $8.50. I picked up some 3 ply pickguard material for custom p-guards to make up for the shipping.

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i have been looking there, it seems they are cut to fit, which is ok. also, they don't seem to have the nut that i need, the old one still has the piece stuck in it, and i don't think the bullet style will work.

next question is, what to re-finish the back of the neck with? maybe this stuff, http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Finishing_supp...es.html#details in a clear satin?

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ok, i have decided i am going to make my own truss rod. if i got one from stew-mac, i'd have to thread one end anyways, so why not just do both ends?

the one at stew-mac is made of stainless, is there any reason it HAS to be stainless? i have been to lowes, and all they have is steel, and plated steel.

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ok, so I made my own truss rod.....after searching around trying to find a replacement, unsuccessfully. i decided it would be easy enough to just make one.

now, the search for an adjusting nut......i hope this works out...... :D

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  • 3 weeks later...

ok, i am almost finished with this project.

i installed the new rod, and made a new skunk stripe out of poplar, it looks different, but i think it looks good. i have installed it on the guitar, and it works fine. now, it just needs a little bit of sanding and finish.

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/guitarlan.../guitarland2000

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thanks.

i'm glad i got this neck fixed, i have a MIJ strat neck that i had put on the guitar, after the truss rod broke, but i just couldn't get used to it, it has really small frets, and is shaped a bit different.

i couldn't get the neck adjusted before, because the truss rod nut wouldn't budge, but now it plays better than before. :D

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