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Luthier's Digital Caliper

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Luthier's Digital Caliper

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Luthier's Digital Caliper

About This Item

Always one of our most popular items when we exhibit at luthiers conventions!

Our Luthier's Digital Caliper combines precision, ease of use, versatility and an attractive price, but its usefulness for fret work makes it special.

Customized for fretwork!
We added a custom jaw notch for accurately measuring fretwire crown height (the height above the fretboard). This is essential for comparing new wire to original wire. And thanks to a great idea by repairman Frank Ford, we've also added a notch on the depth gauge to measure fret height on the instrument—a real time saver.

  • Measures fret height before AND after fret installation
  • Accurate readouts in inches or millimeters
  • A must for all precision guitar work

Handy for lots of other measuring jobs in the shop—nuts, saddles, tuners, tool setups and more—this caliper has long-life stainless steel jaws. Featuring LCD digital readouts in inches or millimeters, it measures outside, inside and depth dimensions up to 6" (154mm), with super-accurate .0005" (.01mm) resolution. The jaws can be locked at any position.

LR44 battery and durable plastic storage case included.


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3.0

digital caliper.

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In my 48 years as a guitar maker I have had 3 or 4 verniers. which is the correct name for this tool.
Back in the day they were completely manual. Not always easy to read.
Some years back i bought the first digital vernier that stew mac offered. that was fantastic. easy to read accurate and fast.
Over ther years it was dropped or knocked off the bench a few times and became unrealiable .
This new one is super nice.I like its big format numbers. the fact that it switches on as you open it is a huge bonus, and more so that after a few minutes it switches itself off. So often i left my old one on and ran out the battery.

What I do not like it that if I am measuring the depth of anything I have to subtract 2mm off the measurement ........this is almost a deal breaker.

IE if I need to measure into a inlay cavity the little rod sits 2mm inside the slide.
Because of this I almost sent it back as this is important to me to be able to read off depth using the slider piece inside.without having to do maths to work it out.
For the rest a great tool.

Response from StewMac

Thank you for your feedback. There is a button that allows you to "Zero" out the reading. This will prevent you from having to do any math when taking the depth of a cavity. Just sit the end on a flat surface and make sure the rod is flush with the surface. You can then hit the zero button and you will be at a reading of 0.

-Spencer, Customer Support

3.0

This is my second one....because.....

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My first one worked great for a while and it stopped working. Stewmac replaced it. I have use the new one for and now it's on the fritz. The display flutters up and down around .006, even when locked down. Just started out if nowhere. Very annoying. Looking into something different.

Response from StewMac

We apologize for any issues you have experienced using this tool. I have sent you an email regarding this review and we are happy to offer you a refund or another replacement if you want to give it another try. Having one fail during normal use is not a common occurrence and having two fail is very rare. We are happy to do whatever we can to make this right.

- Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Great for players!

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I bought this so I can communicate better with my luthier. I want to know the fret height for each of my guitars so I can determine and explain my preferences better. It's very easy to use, but I had to watch a video that Stewart Mac posted to understand it because the written directions were not helping me. I did not oil it because I hate the mess. I use vinyl medical gloves or wipe off the device after use to prevent corrosion since I don't use it much.

4.0

Good tool for the price!

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I looked extensively for a pair of calipers that were reasonable quality without spending hundreds. StewMac fit the bill perfectly. Well made, and doesn't break the bank!

5.0

Great product working with frets

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I use it more for repair but also for building. I use it with my guitars,dulcimeres and ukulele

2.0

Not Happy

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Compared to the one purchased 8-10 years ago this one is flimsy and cheap. Would have payed more for the quality of the previous one. The slot at the bottom for measuring fret height is only .075" so if you are measuring anything taller you can't use these calipers.

5.0

MM-to-inches and Inches-to-MM

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For years I had an English calipers and everyday I found myself needing to go from English to metric or metric to English units. With this calipers it is all done with the touch of button. High precision and a high quality instrument.

5.0

You need this tool!

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What did I do without the luthier caliper? I cannot believe how often I reach for this tool now that I have it. My only complaint is that the case is difficult to open. It could be the arthritis in my hands. Definitely not a reason not to buy this tool. It's easy to use, easy to read and is dead on accurate. A must for any guitar workbench.

5.0

Great tool. Accurate.

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Accurate and cool features for measuring frets. A bit pricy but I am satisfied. I have to lock the jaws with its screw whenever I turn it off because it turns on esaily when unlocked (shortening the life of the battery). Plastic parts feel like weak but work fine.

4.0

I need a mechanical switch

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Very good but battery life is too short.

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