“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Truss Rod, one-way wrapped

One-way wrapped truss rod. See detailed image.
NOTE: Allen wrenches are
not included with truss rod

The one-way wrapped rod was developed over twenty years ago by Bill Lewis in collaboration with Michael Gurian, of Gurian Instruments. It's based on the truss rod of the old Vega Banjos. Rickenbacker Guitar has also employed a similar rod for many years. Thousands of these truss rods have been in use, and are still in use.

Over the last several years we have made a few refinements. We now use a brass stop block, and have made the broach of the truss rod nut a little smaller so that the walls of the Allen keyway are thicker.

This rod is wrapped with non-deteriorating which protects against "rod buzz" and makes it unnecessary to use glue or silicone.

The guitar head is not needlessly weakened by excessive cutting away where the head meets the neck, and in turn, a narrow 3/8" cover plate is adequate; and the rod is easily replaceable (if need be) since no glue is required.
Available in three sizes (length does not include the 3/4" nut).

Please Note: With the exception of the TRMR made in Japan, all of the truss rods we carry are made, inspected and tested in the USA. Still, we urge you to carefully inspect each rod you receive to make sure it meets your specifications. Once installed, a truss rod can be extremely difficult to replace or repair. Put each rod in a vise and turn the nut beyond its normal range of adjustment (turn it both ways if it is a two-way rod). As with all of our products, LMI is not responsible for any effect of a defective truss rod, or any related costs, beyond the price of the truss rod itself. In keeping with our return policy, we are happy to replace or refund the cost of any rod that you are not happy with. Please call for a return authorization number within 2 weeks of receiving your order. Modification of the rod in any way voids your warranty.

Truss Rod Installation Instructions