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Thickness Caliper

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Item # 5193
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Thickness Caliper

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High quality caliper is designed specifically for luthiers, with a deep 9" (228mm) reach to accommodate an archtop guitar, mandolin, violin or viola.

Inch or metric models for archtop carving!
To carve an archtop instrument you need fast, precise measurements of critical top and back thicknesses. Our caliper does the job with just a flick of your thumb.

The dial indicator is accurate to .001" (the metric model to 0.01mm) for thicknesses up to 1" (25mm). It has an adjustable zero point, and can also be positioned for left-hand use. You can install the removable brass foot for convenient freestanding operation, or take your measurements freehand; the sturdy lightweight aluminum frame is easy to handle.


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1.0

Very touchy!

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I think this tool needs a design review! When I first got it, it was a bit sticky and I needed to adjust the screw on the thumb lever and add a drop of oil. After that it works smooth as silk. But measuring was another story. The way the brass lifter connects to the dial indicator makes it very awkward to get an accurate reading. The slightest movement of the material being measured bumps into this lever and the dial is all over the place. I sent it back and I'm purchasing a more expensive model but on this one the lifter connects at the top of the dial indicator, completely out-of-the-way. Sorry!

5.0

Nice tool

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Well made quality tool, don't build a top without it!

5.0

Handy tool.

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I bought this to aid in getting plates and sides to the right thickness on my instruments. Works great and is a good time saver.

5.0

A Christmas present to myself!

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I have been limping along for years with a poor excuse of this tool made up of a wooden frame, a very cheap dial gauge, and a bolt. What a pleasure to have such a fine tool to use now with measurements I can actually rely on. I find myself using it far more than just graduating soundboards. It is so easy to use and having the stand available is a big plus. This is the only one I could find that measures in inches and I'm too old to go to metric now. Thanks for making this available!

Ken Bloom

5.0

All good

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I've been using it for 2 or 3 years now and so far so good.

3.0

Good to .2 inches

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This is a great tool for the range of finish dimensions of a top or bottom, but I noticed that anything above ~ .150 inches the brass pull on the end of the dial caliper actually gets in the way and causes errors in measurements of as much as .050.

5.0

Thickness Caliper

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An excellent tool, extremely accurate when used the right way. I need it only for measuring top and back thicknesses and perhaps accuracy up to 0,1 mm would be sufficient for this job.

5.0

Thickness caliper

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An accurate, well made tool that I'm sure will prove invaluable. I am using it on violin plates where accuracy is essential. The small graduations make it ideal for this kind of work. Recommended.

5.0

Great Caliper

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This is a joy to use, it's accurate and looks gorgeous . I keep mine hanging on the wall where I can always grab it quickly. Sturdy frame, easily readable dial and good ergonomics for right or left hand. Glad I got this tool!

4.0

Essential tool.

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I've been using this wonderful thickness caliper for over a year on my mando soundboards and backs. It is designed specifically for that task, and does it well. Recently, the tool fell to the floor from about 2 feet. When I picked it up, the dial indicator wouldn't work correctly, even though the words "shock proof" are printed on the face. I didn't want to put the same quality dial indicator on this great tool, so I ordered a very high quality one. i now have a "tricked out" thickness caliper, that's even better than ever.

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