How to Adjust a Taylor Guitar Truss Rod

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The truss rod in a guitar controls the way in which the neck of the guitar bends. The bend of the neck affects the ability of the guitar to stay in tune and the intonation of the guitar across the fretboard. If the truss rod in a guitar is bent in the wrong direction you will notice a difference in how efficiently it plays. You can adjust the truss rod in a Taylor guitar in a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch nut driver
  • Screwdriver
  • Remove the truss rod cover, which is at the end of the neck where it meets the head of the guitar. Using your screwdriver, unscrew the screws in the black truss rod cover and remove it.

  • Tighten the truss rod if the neck of your Taylor guitar bows forward, since this dicates the truss rod is too loose (see Tips). Use a 1/4-inch nut driver to turn the truss rod bolt clockwise and tighten your truss rod.

  • Loosen your truss rod. Use the 1/4-inch nut driver to turn the truss rod bolt counterclockwise, which will loosen the rod.

  • Test your truss trod adjustment. Place your finger on a string on the first fret to test if your truss rod is bent correctly. Next, place a finger on that same string on the fourteenth fret (see Tips).

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