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Adjust Guitar Neck to Align Your Guitar
A new guitar is always adjusted at the place of manufacture to be somewhat flat. However, over
time as one begins to use it and tighten the strings, either because of the tension or because of
other reasons including the weather, the neck can bend slightly out of shape. Under such
conditions, you will be needed to adjust the Guitar Neck, through tightening of what is known
as the truss rod.
The truss rod is nothing more than a steel rod, which is fixed to one end of the guitar whilst the
other end can be adjusted by tightening of a knob like a turning screw. This tightening serves to
bend the guitar very slightly in the opposite direction, so that the bend created by the tension of
the strings is neutralized. This will in turn ensure that the guitar is balanced, and still adequately
taut, and this will allow it to be played properly.
One needs to understand that the truss rod adjustment is necessitated only when the guitar
appears to be bent. If the strings are closer to the body or are touching it as a result of the bend, it
means that an adjustment is required, as the strings being too close to the body of the guitar will
hamper the strumming or plucking action. Do not confuse this adjustment with the adjustment of
the strings, which is done primarily to tune the sounds of the guitar.
The truss rod fixed on the guitars is of various types, depending on the manufacturer of the
instrument. Some guitars require the use of special tools and these are usually available from
musical instrument stores. They sometimes come in the form of wrenches or some such similar
tools. Where tuners are concerned, ensure that they are tightly screwed on. The trick is to
understand that the strings must be tuned and tightened t