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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If you dont own these, perfection is not in your tool box either.

By 2 tools in 1, how could you go wron from pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 08, 2012

Thats right, I said it. Anyone that plays, works on, or builds guitars NEEDS this kit. Hands down the best tools in my box. Even if your a beginner Luther, or a beginner player, make this your first purchase and you will thank yourself over and over again.

Essential Tools!

By Wilmer Gingerich from Jamesport MO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 17, 2011

This was my first purchase from the fine folks at Stewart MacDonald! Thanks for getting me into stringed instrument work, painlessly!

Shop Essential

By Fred Evans from Seattle, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 03, 2011

Since 1962 I've worked on guitars and since 1986 I've been operating my own set-up and repair shop. I specialize in Guitar Set Up and have a pretty good clientele of really satisfied players of all skill levels. Usually a set up from my shop takes about an hour and a half. Sure I could take less time and do less work and still get the desired result but hey, like many of you I just don't have much experience with cutting corners.

I'm past 60 years old and if there were any corners left to cut I would be knowin' 'em but there ain't none . When my Basic Setup Kit arrived I was in the midst of adjusting the relief on a fine reissue '62 Strat for one of my most talented clients. Setups which used to take an hour and a half or more have now been reduced to 45 minutes to one hour. The most amazing and useful tool I've ever had in hand is the String Action Gauge included in this kit. I rate the usefulness of this single tool above anything I've ever used in my shop. The collection of screwdrivers and hex wrenches and all my other tools are needed for sure but with the addition of this kit.

I now have tons more fun and the accuracy of my setups are now phenomenally better and are accomplished way way faster. This String Action Gauge is a Marvel and worth whatever Stew Mac wants us to pay 'cause it will pay for itself in a couple of hours! You get this Kit. Dan has one, I have one, you get a 'Basic Setup Kit" and you will be as appreciative of it as I am. Its mindblowingly Cool! It IS Truly Essential!

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By BluesStringer from Richmond Hill, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Excellent tool set to have for checking your setup when you change string sets. Usually when swapping equal sizes there is no issue. But if you change sizes or even change material or manufacturer you need to throw an eyeball on neck curvature. The straightedge makes a pretty good personal protection device when your're not using it for precision measurements. The radius gauges stay home.


By Pablo from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 18, 2011

Very practical (and lasting)basic set, for pro techncians as well as for musicians.

Basic Setup Kit

By M. Thomas Mike's Guitar Works from Manchester,TN
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I know , you say I can do a setup without this kit .Yes you can . But, time is money in a shop. It saves time and eliminates some guesswork . Indespensable to a pro repairman . Kudos to Stew-Mac .

The best setup kit

By Fred Carpita from Rome, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 02, 2011

A friend of mine (a pro luthier) suggested to try the basic setup kit just to keep my guitars in shape and ready to gig every day and after every change of season. A must have for pro guitar players (like me), for amateurs and students too. Thank you StewMac!

Well worth it!!

By MacToad from Walden, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I am astounded at the many immediate uses I found, as well as the dramatic improvements in the ease / quality of my work!


By josh66*josh66 from Puerto Rico
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 28, 2011

I have been setting up guitars since 1990 in the good all fashion way, but with the set up kit it's faster.

Great package deal

By Denys from Gatineau,Quebec,Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 21, 2011

This is the perfect kit to adjust your strings action, your neck and the radius,easy to use. Don't need more. Get one.


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