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Beth M

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Truss rod or not?
Aug 15th, 2010 at 6:55am
Do any of you use a truss rod in the neck, or add a stiffening wood? (I'm in the middle of making my first uke...actually have spent most of my time so far making jigs  Smiley!  )
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Big Uke

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Re: Truss rod or not?
Reply #1 - Aug 15th, 2010 at 1:07pm
Building jigs is the story of my life (a dull life). Every new project requires new jigs.

About truss-rods, a few people use carbon fiber in the neck but I will let them present their own case. I have never used a stiffener on any of my ukuleles and have not had any problems so far. The total force from four strings is around forty pounds. There is not enough force to cause the neck to bend.

That is my story and I sticking to it.

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Hana Lima Ia
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Re: Truss rod or not?
Reply #2 - Aug 16th, 2010 at 10:22am
Bob is right, that the string tension on a uke isn't enough to require a truss rod.  You can still do it if you want to and many of my father's custom ukes use them.  Stick to carbon fiber for less weight if you decide to try it.

Here is an example of a carbon fiber truss rod on a Baritone uke:


This also reminded me of a chart for string tensions that is pretty hard to find on our site:

Some nice information to get an idea of what the different string sets are using.

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