The Right Tools to get the Job Done
Combo Kit Includes:
1-97002 Nutdriver Style Truss Rod Tool (may require alterations to fit some instruments)
1-GP140 Right Angle Socket Style Truss Rod Tool
Right Angle Truss Rod Tool Features a 1/4" socket on 90 angled end and a phillips head screwdriver on the other end.
Short handle prevents over tightening of truss rods.
Thin walled socket end allows access into tighter truss rod cavities.
1/4" Truss Rod Adjustment Tool for Rickenbacker Truss Rods
Posted by Travis on 17th Jan 2018
First, I'm only reviewing the Nutdriver portion of this kit, because that is what Rickenbacker recommends for truss rod adjustments. The quality of this tool is fine; the only reason for the 3-stars is that, in many cases, the stock tool will not fit onto the truss rod nuts without modification. I assumed that when I bought this, I was buying a tool that a Rickenbacker tech could use, out-of-the-box, to adjust the truss rods. Problem is there wasn't enough space under the nuts to get the tool to engage the nut. If you look on the Rickenbacker website, you'll find lots of moaning about this problem. The best way to remedy it is to get a Dremel tool and grinding wheel, and grind down the tool enough to allow it to slide between the neck well and the nut. This worked fine for me. Apparently, Rickenbacker sells a version of the tool that is already ground down. So, that might be an option. Anyway, for me, it did not work without mods. Your mileage may vary.
Posted by Doug Noble on 9th Jan 2018
Both are excellent tools and a must have for a Rickenbacker owner, especially 12 stringers. The long Truss tool was especially useful for one-person adjusting the truss rods. I don't know if it is recommended procedure but the truss rod nuts are nice and long and the 1/4 inch length is totally covered by the socket end. The long length allows you leverage or push down on the neck (Pushing back to have a slight back bow on the neck) and tighten the nuts, which need that little extra help to tighten correctly. You can hold your body with one hand on a flat surface, while tightening the nut.
Otherwise, you need a friend to push firmly down on the body while you push down on the neck and tighten the nut to the desired string fret height. Using a feeler gauge from an autocrats store, I set my 370 at .004 and it plays like butter. Well worth the 20 bucks or so spent!
Posted by Dave on 20th Jun 2014
Fantastic product and faultless service, thanks Chris
Posted by Unknown on 21st Dec 2013
I have 4001C64S. The 97002 didn't come close to fitting on the end of the truss rod nut. It is way too thick. I was able to coax the CP140 on the end, but it required me to shave a thin layer of wood out from under the nut itself. Clearly, part of the issue here is quality control on Rickenbacker's part, but understand that just because these tools are sold to work on your Rickenbacker, they may not actually work.
Posted by Unknown on 7th Oct 2013
Excellent speedy service from a store in New Jersey.
Posted by Bob Hill on 1st Sep 2013
These two tools allow one to exercise the needed care when making minor neck adjustments. One must have the correct tools for the successful outcome of the task. And, these guys ship super fast.
Posted by steve b. on 6th Aug 2012
Perfect product for the purpose intended - a bit pricey, but certainly saved time and money that would have been incurred searching/driving around looking for these items at local music/hardware stores :) Lightening fast shipping - BIG thanks!
Posted by Jeff Speer. Granite Bay, California. on 6th Jul 2012
This is a solid, well made tool that allows you to easily and safely adjust your Rick without buggering up the truss rod or damaging the interior cavity and surrounding finish.It also works on Guilds, Deering Banjos and other instruments, as well. It is also a refreshing change to deal with a company that still believes in customer service and satisfaction. Thanks, Chris.
All prices are in USD