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    Default Stripped nut on a deluxe tele

    I am expecting a 2000 Deluxe tele that i bought on Reverb to arrive any day now.
    It has the walnut plug in the headstock at the end of the trussrod, and from what i understand the hex nut is stripped so that the allen key wont grip it. Not a unique problem. BUT.... in talking to 4 different Chicago luthiers about it to get a feel for the cost of repair, i have been told by two of them that the neck is probably trash and the nut is stripped because the neck has been adjusted again and again to compensate for a weakness. One luthier also said that American necks from late nineties and early 2000s were frequently problematic.
    Do American Deluxe necks from that period have a bad reputation? Im just preparing myself for the possibility that i might want to return this guitar.


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    So the stripped hex is in the heel of the neck? My feeling is that most likely the rod and nut were stuck enough to strip the hex insert. It could be because someone attempted to adjust it with the wrong size allen key. It's possible that if you could get a grip on the adjusting end with something solid, you might be able to break it loose and then make an adjustment. I have had luck driving a slightly larger size torx driver into the stripped allen socket and working it loose. You could also use a dremel cutter to cut a slot for a large straight screwdriver. However, since you have the option of returning it, and would lose that option after attempting the above methods unsuccessfully (possibly), returning it might be the thing to do... I would attempt the above methods if I owned the guitar. Not if someone else owned it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by badxmpl View Post
    So the stripped hex is in the heel of the neck? My feeling is that most likely the rod and nut were stuck enough to strip the hex insert. It could be because someone attempted to adjust it with the wrong size allen key. It's possible that if you could get a grip on the adjusting end with something solid, you might be able to break it loose and then make an adjustment. I have had luck driving a slightly larger size torx driver into the stripped allen socket and working it loose. You could also use a dremel cutter to cut a slot for a large straight screwdriver. However, since you have the option of returning it, and would lose that option after attempting the above methods unsuccessfully (possibly), returning it might be the thing to do... I would attempt the above methods if I owned the guitar. Not if someone else owned it...
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    Make it so, Number 1. No, there is no "problem" with necks from that period, but there does seem to be a problem with this one. The price of fixing a problem like that could easily total more that the cost of a replacement neck, but you don't want to go that road either. Send It Back!
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    Well the guitar arrived this morning and I took it to my luthier in Chicago and they played around with its nut. It got an A1 bill of health. Not stripped or stuck at all. Curiously there was a spare used nut in the case and evidence of the walnut plug in the neck having been replaced......so I wonder if the seller had the replacement work done before he sold it to me. Itís a keeper!


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