Depth-stop Drill Bits, Complete set of 7

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Stop breaking off small screws! When that little tuner mounting screw breaks off, you'll wish you'd used the right size drill bit!

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Depth-stop Drill Bits, Complete set of 7

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Depth Stop Drill Bits

Use this 7-piece drill set to avoid catastrophes when you install guitar tuners, pickguards, string trees, truss rod covers, pickup rings, and more.

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Stop breaking off small screws! When that little tuner mounting screw breaks off, you'll wish you'd used the right size drill bit!

Here's a versatile 7-piece mini bit set for avoiding catastrophes when you're installing tuners, pickguards, string trees, truss rod covers, pickup rings, and more. The closely spaced sizes let you choose exactly the right bit, a must for installing diabolically small screws in hardwoods such as maple, ebony and rosewood. As a bonus, each bit is color-coded with a handy movable plastic depth stop (you don't want to accidentally drill completely through your peghead, do you?)

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Here's a tip from our R&D luthiers:
If a depth stop sleeve loosens over time, remove it and put a little #10 thin super glue inside. Turn the sleeve to coat the inside evenly and tighten the inside diameter. Not too much glue—don't clog the sleeve. Apply a little paste wax to the bit and push it through the sleeve. You can spray a dash of super glue accelerator for a faster glue cure. The depth stop will fit like new again!

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Depth-stop Drill Bits, Complete set of 7

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By kilphody from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 18, 2013

The sleeve is so loose it needs tape to hold. I bought these not to use tape in the first place. Waste of time and money. Save yours.

Half baked idea that needs fixing

By TommyGuitars from Osaka, Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 14, 2013

First of all, I'm not over impressed with this product in that

1) the stoppers slide off the drill bit too easily when pulling out the drill from the object being drilled.

2) it would take the guessing out of choosing which drill bit to use by engraving the size of the drill bit in white on the sides of the depth stop sleeves

3) What drill bit is 'recommended for use' on which holes to drill on the guitar or bass unknown.

Solution: why don't you include a card with this product that shows what color each drill bit size is, AS WELL as its recommended use on the guitar or bass, find a way to afix the collar on the drill bit more firmly.

Depth Stops Could Use Some Fine-Tuning

By RecordingKing from TX
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 30, 2012

So there is a tech tip saying that you can use some glue to hold the depth- stops in place after some wear. Fine. But my depth-stops were awfully loosey-goosey right out of the package. Not the end of the world, but a little annoying. Even so, I love dealing with StewMac.

Expensive but Worth it

By Ryan from Irvine, CA 
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This came in really handy when I built a guitar. It's nice to not have to worry about drilling through the headstock, etc. As another reviewer said they seem a bit high priced, but I couldn't find anything else that would do the job this well, and the whole set of 7 is a nice variety of sizes. I'm sure the price will be worth it over time.

Brain power saver

By GuitarRepairShack from Calgary, Alberta
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stopping what you're in the middle of to fool around with measuring bit depth is a pain. These little guys allow me to keep focussed on the repair without worrying about drilling too far.


By Karma Jinpa from Asheville, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Indispensable, don't know what I did without these. The perfect bits for fearless depth accuracy! I used them to install locking tuners on an electric sitar using a hand drill ... nerve-wracking, but these were a great help.

Great Stuff

By Tomtom from Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 09, 2011

These things make me doing less mistakes with drilling holes. Great - but it wouldt be much better if the shafts wouldt stick to the bits. They don¦t do. 'So i¦m giving "just" 4 stars, because the price is high and it couldt be better - but anyway: These are a must have for me and i¦m happy that i purchased them!

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