Re: [oddmusic] DIY truss/bracing solutions? (for very low tension)

I'm wondering now if I can get away with just attaching some flat aluminum
stock to the sides (like side panels). It would look a little hokey with
all the screws keeping it tight, but it wouldn't require anything
especially fancy.

A notched u-channel + truss is another route. I'm just wondering if the
notching would take a big bite out of the rigidity of the u-channel
altogether. (If I wanted to bend some u-channel stock, I'd put a notch in

I guess I could also go thinner on the strings (from 10s/11s to 9s/10s, or
all 9s). The pitches I'm using are a microtonal cluster from C# (2nd fret
of a b-string) to E (open, high e-string).


On Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM, Gregory Bossert <>wrote:

> **
> On Apr 1, 2012, at 11:23 AM, RP Collier wrote:
> > On Apr 1, 2012, at 2:18 AM, Rodrigo Constanzo wrote:
> > > Basically I want to add some truss/bracing action but with minimal
> parts/size.
> I like BobC's idea of a heavy string and a bass tuner. Another approach
> would be a thin threaded rod running through sturdy brackets (to lift it
> over the wiring) anchored at one end and with a wing-nut at the other -- a
> sort of poor man's truss rod.
> > You might just have to grit your teeth and peel up the wires on the
> > backside so you can mount a metal plate on the surface of the underside.
> or you could use something like u-channel and notch it to clear the
> wiring, then screw one or two of them down.
> I guess if I was doing this, I'd combine the two approaches: notch and
> screw down the u-channel, then run the threaded rod inside of it, with a
> cap on one end and a wing-nut on the other. The u-channel would make a
> sturdy bracket, since it is running lengthwise along with the rod.
> I'd loosen the strings, and if necessary, clamp it flat (or even with a
> teeny bit of backbow) before screwing everything down, of course.
> ....and hey, the Specty and it's big brother Specto: cool stuff.
> -g
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