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    PRS SE Custom 24 truss rod question

    Hi everyone,

    I've been lurking on these forums for a while (big fan of PS Fridays!) but this will be my first post.

    I bought my first PRS SE (Custom 24) a couple months ago from a local PRS dealer and I absolutely love it. However, I've noticed that when I set the neck relief to 0.010" at the 8th fret (factory setup I believe), I get a really noticeable truss rod rattle. I can hear it very clearly when playing unplugged. I know it's the truss rod since I can rap on the back of the neck and hear it move around. If I give it more relief, the rattle decreases to almost nothing. Unfortunately, that is too much relief for me so I'm looking for another fix.

    I've reads on frets.com (http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luth.../trussrod.html) that you can pour a mixture of naphtha and rubber cement into the truss rod cavity to dampen the rattle. Does anyone have any experience with this? My plan was to make a batch of the stuff and see how it behaves before I just dump it down there. I don't want to do something that will totally screw the guitar.

    If someone can give me some advice/insight on how to fix this, that would be awesome.

    Thanks in advance,
    Brook

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    I would contact PRS customer service to see if you're covered by warranty before you do that, because you certainly won't be afterwards.
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

    SE Custom 24 25th Anniversary - SE Akesson+57/08's - SE 30 Head/Cab

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    Not sure , but you may want to try the washer trick...if you can remove the truss rod nut, and add a couple small washers to the end of the rod (need to fit easily into the truss rod opening ), than put the nut back on...this MAY take enough slack from the rod to stop the rattle...this trick is usually saved for people wanting to tighten up a truss rod more, but it may change the tension just enough to stop the rattle. (figured try this before pouring goop down into the channel)...OR...try next gauge up in strings ( 9's to 10's), so you would need to snug up the truss rod a bit...???

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    If it only been a couple months since purchase, bring it back to the dealer for warranty issue, before you try to do a repair yourself. If it is a new guitar purchase!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardog View Post
    If it only been a couple months since purchase, bring it back to the dealer for warranty issue, before you try to do a repair yourself. If it is a new guitar purchase!!!!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ this

    prsguitars LIFETIME limited warranty

    from the link above:

    "The guitar is warranted through the authorized PRS dealer it was purchased through. If you are the original owner of the guitar and you are experiencing problems that you feel are warranty related, please contact your authorized PRS dealer immediately for warranty parts and/or services."

    I just hope you sent in your registration card...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerpc View Post
    I just hope you sent in your registration card...
    I did actually. As soon as I noticed the rattle I put that thing right in the mail. I never received anything back from PRS though.

    I took the guitar to the dealer when I first noticed the issue as well. He just loosened the rod as a quick fix. Guess I'll have to pay him another trip?

    Does anyone know if this is an issue with other SE guitars? I am really liking that I can get such a good guitar for <$1000 and really only need to replace the nut to have an awesome instrument. If I just got a Friday afternoon guitar by chance the first time then maybe I'll order an SE245 or Akesson.

    B

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    Mmm Akesson... sooooo good
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

    SE Custom 24 25th Anniversary - SE Akesson+57/08's - SE 30 Head/Cab

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    I would be severely upset if my SE24 did that, I particularly like the grain pattern mine has. Unfortunately I sanded the back of the neck down so that pretty much voids everything.

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