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Thread: That wheel truss rod nut....

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    San Antonio, TX

    That wheel truss rod nut....

    I have wondered for a while if it was Ernie Ball MM that came up with the wonderful truss rod wheel adjusting nut. This innovation has appeared on basses from several makers including MM, Fender and Peavey and I just got curious about who designed it.

    Yes, I know, sometimes my mind dwells on odd details.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2006
    Paris, France
    Not EBMM. I remember something very similar on some weird and funky (Japanese?) guitars from the '60s.
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2012
    Not sure who designed it, but EBMM was definitely the company that popularized it. From there I saw it migrate with EVH to Peavey, and then apparently it migrated with him again to Fender, who produces the current EVH-branded items.

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  4. #4
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    Feb 2018
    I appreciate EBMM for using this design, it's pretty darn convenient!

  5. #5
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    Feb 2010
    Sterling, Colorado
    EBMM has got me spoiled with the truss wheel. I also work as an artist rep and sales rep for another guitar manufacturer that is smaller than EBMM. One of the things I have suggested we add is a truss wheel to our guitars and basses because I love the ones on all of my EBMM instruments.
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  6. #6
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    Aug 2007
    The grand Ball room (CA)
    There are numerous reasons why I buy only EBMM instruments and the truss rod wheel is one of them!
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  7. #7
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    Feb 2009
    U.K Shropshire.
    It’s definitely one of my favourite features, doesn’t require a special tool. It’s perfect (I personally use a torx screwdriver T20. I find it fits perfect, it’s tapered so no chance of it slipping off and. Well you get the idea)

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    I bought a small screw driver and ground the tip off works perfectly.
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