Notched Straightedge

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Read the fretboard instead of the frets. Developed in our shop, the notched straightedge has become a standard for evaluating fretboards.

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For guitars

Item # 3814
In stock, ready to ship!

$79.37

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For basses

Item # 3813
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$81.58

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For short scale basses and baritone guitars

Item # 3812
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$81.58

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Notched straightedge for guitar or bass

Dan Erlewine demos the notched straightedge from StewMac. This tool lets you check a guitar or bass neck for straightness, with or without the frets in place.


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Read the fretboard instead of the frets. Developed in our shop, the notched straightedge has become a standard for evaluating fretboards.

The notches fit right over the frets so you can check the straightness of the fretboard itself, without the interference of worn or badly-seated frets.

Made of machined stainless steel, satin-finished for easy marking with a pencil (cleans off easily).

#3814 For guitars
One edge is notched for Gibson "long scale", plus Fender and Martin fretboards. The other edge fits Gibson's 24-3/4" scale, plus 25" Paul Reed Smith and Dobro® Scale.

Length 16-1/2" (420mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)

#3813 For basses
One edge is for Fender 34" scale; the other edge for 35" scale.
Length 22-5/8" (575mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)

#3812 For short scale basses and baritone guitars
One edge fits Fender Bajo Sexto 30.2" scale, Gibson EB 30.5" scale, plus Fender 30" short-scale bass and Danelectro 30" baritone scale. The other edge fits Fender's Baritone Custom Jaguar 28.5" scale, Eastwood's 28" scale and custom baritone scales falling between 28" and 28.5".
Length 19" (482.6mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)


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great product

By Otero,A from vld,nj
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 16, 2011


Easy to use and built solid.

More than expected

By Ed Gabrielle from Vermont
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 26, 2011


I'm very pleased to have purchased the notched straightedge. Here's why.
I already had a precision straight edge, but it can't read the flatness of the fretboard. Since my interests in guitars has morphed from playing to setup/repair and building, I decided it was time to by the notched straightedge.
First impressions: Expected Stewmac quality. It has weight to it, it is wide and stable when placed on the fretboard, notches are cleanly machined, and the satin finish is flawless.
As stated, the notched straightedge, will allow you to measure the flatness of the fretboard without the confusion of fret problems. And by placing the notched straightedge on the frets, you can evaluate the levelness of the frets.You can also compare fretboard relief on the wood as well as the frets.
I also found a new use for the tool. While using the notched straightedge, I realized that if I kept 'jumping over frets' until the notched straightedge was at the bridge, I could observe/measure where the plane of the wood or frets intersects the bridge. This will help with seeing issues with neckset angle by measuring/observing where the notched straightedge meets the bridge. No more sighting down the fretboard to help evaluate setup issues. (Hope you understood that).
Bottom line: Stewmac quality, performs as stated and more. If you were wondering if you should buy it, then buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Excellent complement to standard straightedge

By John H from Southeast PA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 21, 2011


Although I have a range of lengths of standard machinist straightedges, the notched straight edge was still a great addition to my tool box for truss rod adjustments.

Sehr gutes Lineal

By conrad from Germany
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 18, 2011


Das Lineal ist sehr Gut verarbeitet und hat mir sehr Gut geholfen.

Does the job

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I like these but you have to be sure that your fretboard area is indeed level before relying on this straightedge. Good solid construction and I like the convenience of the long and short scale notches.

Desperadoville...USA

By Desperadoville...USA from Edgewater, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 06, 2011


One of the most used Tools in my Shop...To do a proper Level, Crown and Polish, it's absolutely crucial to get a good reading on the Fingerboard first, and this Tool is designed for just that...Many will attempt to save a few dollars and make their own, but unless you don't have much value for your time ?...I strongly suggest the purchase of this tool from Stew-Mac.

STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW

By Shaun Williams from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 31, 2011


Was having problems setting the neck relief on my 6 string bass with 2 truss rods. Bought the straight edge to measure the true relief of the neck not the frets. Works amazing. I now use it to set the neck relief instead of using the string. Easier and more accurate. Should have bought one years ago!

Nothing beats the original

By dsteiner from Mechanicsburg, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 28, 2011


I saw this product about a year ago. It was just to much money so I made my own. After a year has passed I wish I had just put up the money. This is thick and will stand on the fretboard. It is super accurate. Just can't beat the original. Another great product StewMac!

Nothing beats the original

By dsteiner from Mechanicsburg, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 28, 2011


I saw this product about a year ago. It was just to much money so I made my own. After a year has passed I wish I had just put up the money. This is thick and will stand on the fretboard. It is super accurate. Just can't beat the original. Another great product StewMac!

Notched Straightedge

By Rick A. from Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 27, 2011


For me to be able to give my guitars routine check-ups, this is hands-down my most important tool and was my very first purchase. The information gleaned from this device is what determines what, if any, next-steps are needed in maintaining my guitars. The notched-straightedge gives me both a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the fretboard, an area of the guitar that used to be one of great uncertainty.


With this tool and some feeler gauges, no imperfection or defect goes undetected. A truly brilliant, yet amazingly simple, tool.

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