Jump to content


Truss rod, steel fingerboard: adjust before epoxy, while setting, or after hardening?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 John Wilton

John Wilton


  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

Posted 27 October 2016 - 08:52 PM

Looking ahead to a planned future project, I'm wondering about how to deal with truss rod adjustment when a 1/16" titanium sheet is to be epoxied on top an existing rosewood fretboard. (In this case, an inexpensive, beat up Taylor 110). 


It seems that the metal would add greatly to the rigidity of the neck, and the neck would become unresponsive to truss rod adjustment.


My plan is to set the truss rod with tensioned strings after removing frets (filling with wood filler to leave marks on the side of the neck) but before epoxying the fingerboard.


Epoxy the fingerboard with slow setting epoxy. Quickly restring, re-tension strings and re-adjust rod while the epoxy is still soft.


No doubt a luthier would have a jig that would figure somehow in the procedure but as a DIY apartment dweller that's not possible for me.


I'd appreciate any advice.

#2 jahloon



  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 7,163 posts

Posted 28 October 2016 - 10:26 AM

First I would adjust the truss-rod until the neck is dead straight, see here: http://www.unfretted...retless-guitar/


Then apply the Titanium, do not adjust the truss-rod again.


Jack Mazzenga has made a couple of Titanium necks, he might have some good advice:


See them here: http://www.unfretted...etless-guitars/

Play the blues guitar with your soul, but play the fretless guitar with your spirit.
Author of the book "Fretless Guitar The Definitive Guide"

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users