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    Howdy folks,
    Does anyone know what size Allen/Hex wrench size I need for my Pono baritone? I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to turn it a little bit counter-clockwise to reduce a pervasive buzz on the 2nd fret area.
    Thank you,
    Neil_O
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    You might seek some additional advice over in the Technical area. Last I heard, it is inadvisable to mess with a truss rod to correct buzz....especially if you can narrow the problem to one or two frets. You may "just" have a high second or third fret. Does it buzz on all strings, or one more than others?
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    You may need to get the frets leveled. A truss rod is used to adjust neck relief in the middle of the neck, i.e., around the 7th fret, and doesn't make much difference on the first few frets.

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    Thanks for the advice! My reason for wanting to try to adjust the truss rod is that the seller told we they had moved the neck (anti-relief) shortly before they sent it to me. I plan to try a slimmer set of stings (Worth Browns replacing classical strings) before I do anything hasty. I certainly am not a serial truss-rod adjuster by nature on any of my guitars. In fact I have never adjusted one. I have checked it out more and think the second fret on one string is the culprit. Before I attack that fret, I'd like to move the neck a MM.

    Anyway, bump for the size wrench I should use. Please help if you have a Pono! The manufacturer has not returned my calls or emails.
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    Maybe email HMS, as Andrew K there runs the Pono business, and would probably have your answer.
    John

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    I got this response from my email question: "Aloha Neil, 5/32” or 4mm".

    Thanks all.
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    I was going to measure my Pono tenor wrenches. They don't have a size marked on them. If those sizes don't work, I'll measure mine for you.

    I've only had to adjust a neck once. My 2 years ago, Pono Mango tenor suddenly started to buzz when I strummed it. I checked all of the usual suspects frets, strings, tuners, nut, saddle, etc. I found that the neck/fretboard was suddenly absolutely flat. I adjusted the bow and it has played perfectly ever since.
    Last edited by Kenn2018; 04-15-2021 at 05:33 PM.
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