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« on: July 11, 2017, 05:29:57 PM »

Hey All,

I recently took ownership of a 1982 L-09 with the JCL inlay headstock.  Beautiful guitar, sounds fantastic.  I love it.  However, I do get some fret buzz on the high E from about the 8th fret to the 15th fret. The action on this guitar is low, and the saddle is low too.  I believe that the neck angle is fine and the neck does not need resetting (fingers crossed).

I figure the way to address this is by increasing the neck relief by the 1/8 or 1/4 turn of the truss rod.  The problem is, I'm not sure that this guitar has a truss rod.  At this point I haven't taken off the strings for closer inspection so I can't tell by visual means or by reaching in with my fingers.

So 1982-era L-09 JCL owners... is there a truss rod in this guitar?

It should be noted that this guitar moved from a dry climate to a pretty moist one in my Northern Virginia home.  The indoor humidity has consistently been around 60% since the guitar arrived a mere five days ago.

I am open to other suggestions for a solution if there indeed is no truss rod on this beautiful instrument.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 08:04:26 PM »

I wouldn't make any changes to the guitar for at least a month. Give it time to acclimate to the new RH. If what you say is true, the buzz will soon go away. Higher RH will cause the top to swell outward and lift the bridge up, making the action higher.
As for the truss rod, find a small mirror from a makeup compact and stick it onto a one foot section of 12-2 house wiring to make a flexible viewer.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 08:46:55 PM »

There is not an adjustable truss rod in the guitar.As a tech the first thing I'd do is inspect the frets for a re-leveling and re-crown.If the action is too low put a new taller saddle in and slowly adjust it down until its were you like it.As always if I can help please feel free to PM,email or even call me,always happy to help.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 11:13:07 PM »

There is not an adjustable truss rod in the guitar.

In a recent thread here (which I can't find at the moment  angry ) John Larrivee, Jr. confirmed that Larrivee started using adjustable truss rods in 1984.


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