Neck Relief Gauge

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Neck Relief Gauge

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Neck Relief Gauge

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Takes the guesswork out of guitar truss rod adjustment, for more consistent and accurate playability.

Adjust a truss rod without guesswork!
Our Neck Relief Gauge helps you quickly and precisely adjust guitar fretboard straightness (for comfortable playability without fret buzz). It accurately measures the amount of variation from a dead flat position, to take the guesswork out of adding or subtracting neck relief as you adjust the truss rod.

Playability you can measure. You'll see the relief measurement on the dial as you adjust the truss rod, so it's easy to keep the neck playing its best. It's a great way to establish optimum standards for individual instruments, string gauges and playing styles.

Dependable and accurate. Designed by Don MacRostie here in our R&D shop, the Neck Relief Gauge is made of machined aluminum for stability. It has an easy to read dial indicator that's super accurate to .001". The feet of the gauge rest directly on the frets, so the measurement won't be compromised by a worn fingerboard. It's 12" (304.8mm) long, and can be positioned to take a relief measurement at either the 5th or 6th fret on a guitar fingerboard.

Instructions are included.

The Neck Relief Gauge is included in this money-saving set:
Nut Slotting Gauge and Neck Relief Gauge Set


Product Instructions

Neck Relief Gauge Instructions

The Neck Relief Gauge is a quick and easy way to measure a guitar's neck relief/curvature when adjusting the truss rod.

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An accurate tool.

(Customer's Reviews)

I got this tool today and checked my guitar's neck relief. Turns out, both exceeded the .005 that Collings recommends on their website. I tried other methods to measure the relief but quite frankly, found it next to impossible to get an accurate reading - until I got this tool.

For those that need something to zero the gauge, go to a glass store and ask them to cut you a thick piece of glass. I used a piece of glass and cross-checked it against my table saw and both were dead on. Problem solved.

My only caution (noted by another reviewer) is that the tool rocks on the frets, because the feet are only 1/8 inch thick. Even small movements cause the gauge to fluctuate several thousandths of an inch. When the neck relief is only .005, that matters. After a few minutes I could read the lowest measurement on the guage and felt comfortable with my readings.

I'm sure there are peoiple in the world that can adjust a neck to .005 thousandths with a feeler gauge, but I'm not one of them. Buy this tool.


So easy

(Customer's Reviews)

I do set ups every day and this gauge along with the nut gauge make my job so much easier. I've heard people complain about setting the gauge to zero... if you don't have a flat surface, like a table saw, band saw, planer, or whatever, why are you even buying this? Besides, a good set up is much more than setting relief. That is just one of the factors that have to work together.


Neck Relief Gauge

(Customer's Reviews)

Added the Neck Relief Gauge to my arsenal of tools. Good quality and very accurate, a great purchase!

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