Points to check before buying a second hand guitar

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by rust_in_pain, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. rust_in_pain

    rust_in_pain <:Rising Rockstar:>

    hi all,

    the topic says it all.what exactly should i do to ensure that the guitar is not faulty (mainly the truss rod).

  2. Coal

    Coal New Member

    I doubt, you can check the truss rod to make sure it works (i.e. it moves), because you would have to turn it and then you destroy the action. I guess if it is visible see if the adjusting nut (?) is not rusted. I onec bought a used guitar and at that time I was just starting and yes the truss rod had problems, i..e I couldnt adjust it. In the end I traded it at a shop where I bought a new guitar.

    Check the action by playing. I guess that is the most important thing. Do a visual inspection of the neck from the headstock end and see for straightness/up bow/ back bow.

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  3. rust_in_pain

    rust_in_pain <:Rising Rockstar:>


    if there is any bow in the rod, does tht means the problem cannot be solved?
  4. abhijitnath

    abhijitnath Fighting GAS frantically

    it depends on the degree of bow. most of the time for reasonably built guitars it can be adjusted for things like tempearature change etc

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