Close
StewMAX EXCLUSIVE: 30% OFF GAUGED NUT SLOTTING FILES    Learn More »                          
                      CLOSEOUTS    Shop Now »

Neck Relief Gauge

4.0
  • 20 Reviews
  • Write a review

Neck Relief Gauge

Item # 2004
In stock, ready to ship!

$101.98

+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

Neck Relief Gauge

About This Item

Takes the guesswork out of guitar truss rod adjustment, for more consistent and accurate playability.

Adjust a truss rod without guesswork!
Our Neck Relief Gauge helps you quickly and precisely adjust guitar fretboard straightness (for comfortable playability without fret buzz). It accurately measures the amount of variation from a dead flat position, to take the guesswork out of adding or subtracting neck relief as you adjust the truss rod.

Playability you can measure. You'll see the relief measurement on the dial as you adjust the truss rod, so it's easy to keep the neck playing its best. It's a great way to establish optimum standards for individual instruments, string gauges and playing styles.

Dependable and accurate. Designed by Don MacRostie here in our R&D shop, the Neck Relief Gauge is made of machined aluminum for stability. It has an easy to read dial indicator that's super accurate to .001". The feet of the gauge rest directly on the frets, so the measurement won't be compromised by a worn fingerboard. It's 12" (304.8mm) long, and can be positioned to take a relief measurement at either the 5th or 6th fret on a guitar fingerboard.

Instructions are included.

The Neck Relief Gauge is included in this money-saving set:
Nut Slotting Gauge and Neck Relief Gauge Set


Instructions

Product Instructions

Neck Relief Gauge Instructions

The Neck Relief Gauge is a quick and easy way to measure a guitar's neck relief/curvature when adjusting the truss rod.

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
4.0
  • 4.05 average rating from 20 reviews
Sort by
5.0

Wish I hadn't waited so long!

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Sure simplifies things. But there is a little thing that you have to be careful of when using. It's hard to find the spot where you have the tool exactly perpendicular to the arched frets - and it matters. Even the tiniest tilt one way or the other will change the needle measurement drastically. But no problem. Simply go ahead and rock it side to side and use the reading where the needle stops and goes back the other way. This is actually more advisable than trusting what you 'think' is a perpendicular reading. You will probably be wrong. Don't worry if this isn't making sense. You will understand completely when you use it the first time. Stewmac might want to consider including this in the instructions if they can figure out a way to word it better than I did.

5.0

Great way to take the guess-work out of neck relief measurements

By
(Customer's Reviews)


This gauge is pretty self explanatory. I bought it so that I could take the measurements on my new Taylor 814ce so that I would be able to reference back to in the future if adjustments needed to be made. I've since used it on all of my guitars and find it quite helpful. It's not so important that I know exactly what the relief measurement is (because not a lot of brands post "the relief for this guitar should be between 40-60mm etc.etc.) but on some of my guitars it's really great to say "Okay, this plays exactly as I like it" and take note of that measurement so that I can recall it in the future.

The tool itself is smaller than it seemed and fits in my tech box with my other stew-mac gear:)

4.0

An accurate tool.

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I got this tool today and checked my guitar's neck relief. Turns out, both exceeded the .005 that Collings recommends on their website. I tried other methods to measure the relief but quite frankly, found it next to impossible to get an accurate reading - until I got this tool.

For those that need something to zero the gauge, go to a glass store and ask them to cut you a thick piece of glass. I used a piece of glass and cross-checked it against my table saw and both were dead on. Problem solved.

My only caution (noted by another reviewer) is that the tool rocks on the frets, because the feet are only 1/8 inch thick. Even small movements cause the gauge to fluctuate several thousandths of an inch. When the neck relief is only .005, that matters. After a few minutes I could read the lowest measurement on the guage and felt comfortable with my readings.

I'm sure there are peoiple in the world that can adjust a neck to .005 thousandths with a feeler gauge, but I'm not one of them. Buy this tool.

5.0

So easy

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I do set ups every day and this gauge along with the nut gauge make my job so much easier. I've heard people complain about setting the gauge to zero... if you don't have a flat surface, like a table saw, band saw, planer, or whatever, why are you even buying this? Besides, a good set up is much more than setting relief. That is just one of the factors that have to work together.

5.0

Neck Relief Gauge

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Added the Neck Relief Gauge to my arsenal of tools. Good quality and very accurate, a great purchase!

5.0

Fast measurement

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Very accurate tool if your goal is working on your fretboard.

5.0

Essential Item

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I think it would help if it was shipped set up on a straight edge and marked (straight is straight) but once done if you have a bunch of guitars it is the only thing to use to set neck relief which typically has to be done at least twice a year, in the winter when the heating comes on and in the summer again. The reading is not a real number like a feeler gauge where you read 0.01" etc. but when you cross reference and get a feel or it you know what reading on the gauge relates to 0.01" or whatever you want for that guitar (keep a record). You will find that you stop bothering about the actual measurement and just work with the number on the gauge, and then checking relief is so easy it just becomes a regular thing. So takes getting used to but once mastered you will wonder what took you so long t get one.

3.0

Simple Solution

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I've been buying tools happily for many years from Stew-Mac but I got to agree with others this is one product that a short video can help clarify on how best to use. I'm sort of surprised that folks at Stew-Mac who are extremely helpful and responsive haven't done it already.

5.0

Excellent Choice

By
(Customer's Reviews)


I have all my guitars with the same neck angle and action thanks to this tool. 100% Recommended

1.0

Neck Relief Gauge needs a Calibration tool

By
(Customer's Reviews)


Bought this a few years ago. Since you need a dead-flat surface to calibrate it, like those crazy $$ granite stones, it hasn't aided me much at all. Stew-Mac need to repackage this with something to calibrate it against(what ever that may be) to make it worthwhile. Until then, it sits in my tool drawer.

Showing 10 of 20 Read more reviews >>


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 18 See Neck Relief Gauge
on page 18 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

13MB File

View with Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher.
Download Adobe Acrobat free from Adobe.