Works well,but not the quality S.M. is known for.
Cheap, quick and dirty. Easy to adapt to a myriad of simple in the box tasks. They are not made to do guitar assembly, rather they are made to assist the repair luthier. They are not necessarily D.I.Y. stuff. Frankly DIY's should bring brace repair to the pros if possible. [Not trying to be 'funny']. We don't charge much, and can do a better job the first time....and yes...using these 'bad' tools.
Consider also: Do you know how long it takes to make this tool with hardware store stuff? Too LONG!! Well worth the $10. for sure
GREG GUITARS LLC
Some cork padding applied to both ends seems essential. Why did I buy something that is so easily recreated from a hardware store? To redeem this I plan on using the repair jack to build an Erlewine-esque Neck Jig (save a couple hundred $$)
This brace is not at all well made and is hard to use. The ends keep turning and it falls out under pressure due to the slick surfaces i had to place double sided tape on each end of it to keep in place. This is not the quality i have become accustom to with stew mac, and the price is way to high. You can make one for far less, using a turnbuckle and replacing the hooks with two small bolts for about $4 total. Stew Mac is a great company, this product just falls short of their rep.
I have to agree with some earlier reviews. These clamps are overpriced and not up to the quality standard I usually see from Stew Mac. Yes, they will help you do the job, but I am hoping for an improved item in the future.
This is a well-made, highly functional version of a tool we have used for years in the shop. The non-stick ends are a considerable upgrade from my home-made examples!
In response to the complaints about ease of use, this is not a do-it-for-you tool. Learning dexterity inside the box is part of getting your brace repair thing together. This tool does an excellent job, once you've acquired the technique of one-handed manipulation in a tight space. It's a big part of the trade!
They will work but not the quality I expected. Hard to use inside body with one hand.
I purchased four of these specifically for re-gluing loose back braces on classical guitars, where glue joint failure is most common, but found it impossible to single-handedly install them so they could be put to use.
It works, but the center piece is a little flimsy. You could do better at a hardware store, especially for $10.
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