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« on: May 22, 2018, 09:41:37 PM »

So after owning over 20 guitars over the years I have my first major issue. My Martin D15-M truss rod has apparently broken. I noticed the action on the guitar was suddenly very high. I attempted to "tweek"the Truss rod and the truss rod bolt was a good 3 "'s into the neck. I only paid $750.00. I know a neck reset would cost close to $500.00 . So I guess my question is, Is it even worth fixing? (No, I'm not attached to it like my Larivee's) Also, other than Burning or breaking it, any suggestions on what to do with it? (serious reponses only PLEASE  )
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 10:32:50 PM »

At the end of the day its your decision. But my thought process would be if the guitar is worthless in its current state is the D15-M worth $500 to me or to sell for >$500 once reset.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 11:12:06 PM »

You can play slide on it if you decide to leave her like she is.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 01:35:01 AM »

Okay, I guess the obvious question is how would the truss rod have broken. Secondly, if so, is a neck reset the answer. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2018, 01:43:05 AM »

Sounds more like the anchoring step gave way. I think there is a fix for that. Without being able to examine it myself...i could be wrong.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 02:55:06 AM »

Can you turn it the other way as it may be a dual action rod?
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 05:02:23 PM »

Okay, I guess the obvious question is how would the truss rod have broken. Secondly, if so, is a neck reset the answer. 

I assumed it broke as I don't have enough technical knowledge to explain it any other way. As mentioned in my original post, the Truss rod is now a good 3"'s into the neck as oppose to sitting fairly flush to the end of the neck joint inside and body. This morning I removed the LR Baggs Anthem SL pick-up and Will try to decide if it is worth fixing. It plays ok after sanding down the saddle a little. The action is what I would describe as low/medium. Hopefully the neck won't change to much. I contacted Martin and as the warranty is not in affect they quoted $1100.00  crying ohmy Look's like I have  quality beater.............
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2018, 09:04:35 PM »

$1,100.00? Well, obviously you wouldn't want Martin to repair it. Is there a good tech near you? You could buy a new one for not much more than that and easily get a used one for that price. That's crazy. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2018, 10:14:16 PM »

I assumed it broke as I don't have enough technical knowledge to explain it any other way. As mentioned in my original post, the Truss rod is now a good 3"'s into the neck as oppose to sitting fairly flush to the end of the neck joint inside and body. This morning I removed the LR Baggs Anthem SL pick-up and Will try to decide if it is worth fixing. It plays ok after sanding down the saddle a little. The action is what I would describe as low/medium. Hopefully the neck won't change to much. I contacted Martin and as the warranty is not in affect they quoted $1100.00  crying ohmy Look's like I have  quality beater.............

I highly recommend taking it to a qualified tech for inspection.  My martin's truss rod adjustments are way up inside the neck.  They take a very long allen wrench to adjust.  Are you certain it is broken?
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2018, 07:14:20 PM »

I highly recommend taking it to a qualified tech for inspection.  My martin's truss rod adjustments are way up inside the neck.  They take a very long allen wrench to adjust.  Are you certain it is broken?
Well, as stated earlier, the truss rod adjusment was always fairly flush to the neck joint/body. I'll have to bring it in and have them look at it. Thanks all!
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 09:09:06 PM »

Well, as stated earlier, the truss rod adjusment was always fairly flush to the neck joint/body. I'll have to bring it in and have them look at it. Thanks all!
Did hat the deal was? Curious.
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