Quick truss rod question. As some of you may have read, I brought home a Peavey Milestone III JJ bass last Wednesday.
The good is that the tone, even with dead old strings is fantabulous, and the neck is a joy to play. Who knew a scrawny little jazz neck could be so much fun? That said, I think the selfsame is my problem.
The previous owner kept the strings under tension but with the truss rod disengaged. I don’t know for how long, but the strings managed to rust, and as you can imagine there was a ton of front bow and the action at the 21st fret was about 1/2" or more.
I took off the old strings (haven’t yet put the new ones on), and unfortunately the neck has retained its banana shape. However, the truss rod does work, and I was able to crank the neck into straightness. That said, when I release the truss rod all the way, it bananas back a bit, though it stays straight when I crank it 3/4 of the way to the right. I don’t think that it’s a dual action truss, because at one point the wheel disengages and spins loosely to the left.
Anyhoo, my thought is that I’ll let it rest for a bit (a week or two) with the truss rod engaged to 1/2 to 3/4, so that the banana strain will slowly correct and set into the wood of the neck. The theory is that at the end of the period the neck will retain its straight shape when I disengage the truss rod.
Any thoughts/advice? I unfortunately don’t have a way of heating the neck like Dave of DWoFS.