How To Adjust a Fender Vintage-Style Truss Rod

In this video, Billy Penn, of, demonstrates how to adjust the truss rod on a Fender vintage-style neck where access to the truss rod is in the heel of the neck:

I’ve been setting up my own guitars for years, and I learned a number of things from watching Billy’s video. For example, I’ve never thought of using a capo to hold the strings in place, nor have I thought of using painter’s tape to hold the neck plate in place. Two pieces of knowledge I put into place last night to set up one of my Teles.

(via Anthony Stauffer)


  1. says

    I’ve done numerous neck adjustments on vintage guitars and his 2 little tips of the capo and the tape seem like lifesavers. Instead of a capo, I would use the painters tape and wrap around the first friend to try achieve the same result, but it wouldn’t work as well as the capo does.

    Proof that we can always learn.

  2. Josh says

    Yep! I still don’t like having to take the neck off, but Billy’s tips really help make things a little easier.

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