Epiphone SG Project Question

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  1. mrk

    mrk Active Member

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    Noted the adjustment nut is missing from the truss rod-see photo. Is this a fairly easy fix, or am I looking at replacing the truss rod? I’m pretty handy with this stuff, but don’t want to be ripping apart this thing for a $150 guitar. Thoughts?
     
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    I am not an expert and never fixed something like this. AFAIK, luthiers in here are not replacing truss rod if it is still working. And truss rod nut is replaceable. You just have to find the nut that will fit there.
     
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    That looks like the truss rod on an Epiphone is supposed to look like.

    It’s an Allen wrench machine no? Maybe I’m missing something but it looks like it’s complete from the pic.
     
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    Hmm... I’ll have to take a closer look. The opening looks circular, nothing for a wrench end to grab onto.
     
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    Yep, apparently all is well. I’m used to seeing the nut at the end of the rod that you see on a Gibson truss rod. Thanks Norton!
     
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    Epiphone truss rods are adjustable with an Allen key (Hex key). But that is a nasty break.
     
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    It’s pretty gnarly, besides the break there are multiple cracks running about a third way down the neck. Nothing that can’t be fixed with good ole Titebond. Also looking at new pickups and wiring.
     
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    Wait.... you spent 150 for that?
     
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    Yep, and I'll have hours of enjoyment fixing and modding it into a guitar that I will have hours of enjoyment playing.

    MRK
     
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    Wax or wax paper etc to keep glue from seizing up that truss rod.
     
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    :ohno:
     
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    Ground wire question - does it attach to the bridge anchor, or a tailpiece anchor? I pulled the tailpiece anchors and plugged the holes with wood, replaced the tailpiece with a maestro trem. I plugged the guitar in for the first time and it’s buzzy as hell unless I touch the output jack, seems like a ground issue to me. I opened the electronics cavity and the ground wire leads into the body and appears to be attached to something inside - I pull on it and it doesn’t budge. Thoughts?
     
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    Ground wire goes to anything metal that’s in contact with the strings. In practical terms it Doesn’t matter which. But the tailpiece is the safer smarter bet.

    That ground wire goes into the body and needs to make some good physical contact with one of the lugs to the tailpiece.
     
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    FIY-Epiphones are usually grounded to the bottom of the treble-side bridgepost bushing insert.
     
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