Basic Setup Kit

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Make any guitar play better.
Our top 3 tools for acoustic and electric setup are in this money saving set!

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Basic Setup Kit

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Basic Setup Kit Video

Dan Erlewine shows what's in the kit and what each tool is for.

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Make any guitar play better.
Our top 3 tools for acoustic and electric setup are in this money saving set!

We're often asked to recommend "must-have" tools for setting up guitars. So we've made it easy: the Basic Setup Kit features our most popular setup tools. These are the same super-accurate, high quality steel setup tools that professional repair shops depend on.


String Action Gauge (inches): The fastest way to measure the height of strings, nuts, saddles and pickup polepieces. Designed for stringed instrument work, it's much faster to use than any ruler.

18" Precision Straightedge : Machined for fanatic accuracy (to ±.0015" per foot)! Use it to check neck relief and evaluate truss rod adjustments.

Understring Radius Gauges : A big help for matching bridge saddle heights to the fretboard curvature, for easier playability. Accurately laser-cut from stainless steel, the set includes 9 different fretboard radii.

Free Instructions : Erick Coleman walks you through basic setup instructions to have your guitar playing great in no time.

Truss rod adjustment is an important part of guitar setup, too.
Our Truss Rod Wrench Set has the tool you need.

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Basic Setup Kit

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Setup "must-haves"

By John R. Frondelli from New York, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 26, 2014

I own all three of the tools in this kit separately. Now, they are offered together. This is a great thing, because these are the first three tools I pull out when performing a final setup (the fourth is usually a corresponding truss rod wrench). Using the Precision Straightedge, I preset the truss rod with the guitar unstrung. I will set it so that the straightedge "rocks" a very tiny bit around the middle of the fingerboard, when placed across the frets. 99% of the time, this will yield the optimal amount of relief when the neck is under string tension. Next, I measure both E strings, using the String Action Gauge. Once those are set, you choose the correct Radius Gauge (by matching its underside to the fingerboard radius), place it under the strings by the bridge, and set your saddles so that all of the strings just kiss the top of the Radius Gauge, and you are DONE! The saddles are set perfectly, and this is how the guitar plays best. No eyeballing. BTW- Don't let Tune-O-Matic bridges fool you. The saddle slots often need some "massaging" with a corresponding-gauge Nut Slot File to get all of the string heights even.

If your serious about your setups, whether you are a pro like myself, or just want to keep your own guitars in maximum playable condition, these are MUST-HAVE tools.


By Skado from Houston, Tx, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I should have purchased these many years ago, it would have saved me many many headaches ! Excellent products and very useful during set ups !

La base

By Kl3mko from FRANCE
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 12, 2014

Le kit essentiel pour bien travailler. J'ai bluffT toutes les personnes que pu croiser sur les routes. Les musiciens sont ravis de retrouver les mOmes caractTristiques sur les guitares de location quand on est a l'Ttranger et d'avoir tout le temps des guitares rTglTes au millimFtre

No Experience, No Problem!

By Casey Diaz from Brooklyn, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 02, 2014

I purchased this kit in the hopes to learn how to do my own basic setups. I figured I would have to watch a ton of videos and read a bunch of stuff. I read the instructions provided with the kit and a short video on this site. 6 hours later I had finished setting up all 6 of my basses! This 100 bucks saved me over a grand a year since I bring in my basses twice a year at $80 a pop!!!

Makes setup a breeze

By Garon from Los Angeles
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 12, 2014

The previous reviews say it all. If you're going to be setting up guitars, then just get it. It makes setups stupidly quick and easy. I never thought I would use the under string radii gauges until I actually tried them (my only qualm with those is that they could be wider for 7+ strings).

A Great start!

By Floyd Guitars from Stanstead, QC.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All of the items are of great quality and can be used easily to get measurements. It's the perfect set to get started with.

Basic Set up Kit

By P Hanna from Pittsburgh, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ease of use, really like the product!

Great tools

By Haraldur from Iceland
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 17, 2014

I've set up a couple of guitars after I got this, the straightedge is good and the string height gauge but I haven't really used the understring radious gauges. The instructions are ok but they don't say anything about string height.

Very nice

By SavageBeatLabs from Marion, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 31, 2014

This setup kit is very cool. I use the stuff all the time. Not only in setting up guitars but building.

perfect starter set

By WebGuy from Lancaster, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exactly as advertised. Good quality tools. A great investment. I'm getting ready to order some more tools as we speak.

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