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    se245 truss rod

    hi everyone,
    my first post here.picked my new se 245 tobacco sunburst a couple of days ago,very impressed but needs a truss rod tweek.
    sadly mine didnt come with an adjustment tool,dealer said they dont.
    can anyone please tell me the correct size so i can pick one up from e bay.
    many thanks,dave.

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    Mine came with a tool aswell as a lead and a trem spring for some bizarre reason. All in the gig bag front pocket. I think you should tell your dealer that they do come with the guitar. Sadly i cant remember the size. Sorry
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    thanks for the reply.ill have another talk to the dealer.

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    Yeah I have gotten one with all 4 of my SEs.
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    I bought a couple SEs secondhand that did not come with a truss rod wrench. Rumor was that a Gibson USA wrench fit just fine. I put a WTB ad for that on another forum, somebody sent me one. This was like 4 years ago? I don't remember the details, whether the wrench I have is a SE or Gibson USA, or who sent it, or which forum I posted on about it. However, you might try that if all else fails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davrhod View Post
    hi everyone,
    my first post here.picked my new se 245 tobacco sunburst a couple of days ago,very impressed but needs a truss rod tweek.
    sadly mine didnt come with an adjustment tool,dealer said they dont.
    can anyone please tell me the correct size so i can pick one up from e bay.
    many thanks,dave.
    The tools should definitely come with the guitar/

    TR adjustment tool
    Allen key for adjusting bridge and or saddles and or trem (depending on model)
    Cable
    Spare spring on trem equipped models
    Gig Bag

    Got all the tools needed with both my SE's including the Bernie from Richtone in Sheffield. If it wasn't in the box or gig bag then the dealer should sort it.
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    hi all,many thanks for the replies.no luck from dealer but prs say it should be 7mm-9/32 which should be easy enough to get hold of.
    thanks again,dave

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    I didn't get any tools with my new SE, I assumed they didn't provide them to prevent people messing, and those who knew what what they are doing would have them..

    I can't imagine the cable is up to much quality wise, I have a 9/32 socket and all the appropriate allen keys so probably wont hassle the dealer- if the Guitar is set up correctly for the strings etc why would the truss rod need adjustment?
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    Check Ebay....I see them in the parts section all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon van derlim View Post
    I can't imagine the cable is up to much quality wise, if the Guitar is set up correctly for the strings etc why would the truss rod need adjustment?
    The cable isn't great but it's useful as a spare.

    With the TR it depend on if the factory set-up is how you want it. You may want less or more relief. There's also the possibility the neck curve may have changed in shipping and the chances of the shop having done a set-up are slim.

    I need to tweak the TR's on all my guitars a couple of times a year to keep them exactly the way I want them. It's just going into Spring here now so I expect i'll need to attend to them pretty soon.
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    PRS truss rod tool

    Quote Originally Posted by davrhod View Post
    hi everyone,
    my first post here.picked my new se 245 tobacco sunburst a couple of days ago,very impressed but needs a truss rod tweek.
    sadly mine didnt come with an adjustment tool,dealer said they dont.
    can anyone please tell me the correct size so i can pick one up from e bay.
    many thanks,dave.

    Ok, this is the skinny. The PRS SE adjustment tool is a 7mm. Looks like a Gibson tool, but it's metric as opposed to Gibson's 5/16" tool. using a 9/32" is not a good thing to do. Use the correct size to prevent any risk of damage to the nut. Another thing, PRS has now gone to using a double action truss rod, even on the SE models. If your PRS SE has a brass nut, it is a single action truss rod. If it has a black steel or lighter colored steel nut, it is a dual action truss rod. Dual action truss rods do not need the same amount of turn to achieve the same result. PRS SE models are strung with .09-.42 gauge strings, except the Bernie Marsden(.10-.46 gauge). A few other models are strung with .10-.46 gauge. You will need to widen the nut slots if you want to use .10-.46 strings on models that are factory strung with .09-.42, or you might get string binding at the nut. Do not use the the truss rod to adjust action. It is for neck relief. PRS calls for capo at first fret, hold down at last fret, measure at eighth fret with a measurement of .010. This is correct spec for just about all models, as PRS uses a 10.0" radius, except on the Santana and a few other models.

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    And if you want to use a socket, Craftsman makes thin walled sockets that will fit in the recess. Just use a 3.0" 1/4" extension or screwdriver handle with the 1/4" end that will fit the socket. Do not exceed 1/4 turn. If you have to go 1/2 turn, best get it to a guitar shop for inspection and proper setup. And remember, after a truss rod adjustment. it might take a day or two for the neck to 'settle in'. Peace.

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