Neck Relief Gauge

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

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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.

Ratings & Reviews

Neck Relief Gauge

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Could be better

By Steve C from Twin Cities, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 08, 2011

I'd have to agree with jukinjimmy of Iowa. I too found the base to be so unstable that the readings were unreliable, and sent mine back. What would improve this tool tremendously would be to give it the same broad base as the nut slotting tool - THEN it would be able to give repeatable measurements. Till then save your money.

Most Used Set-Up Tool

By DLM Stringed Instruments from Mountain Grove, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I went to work for as a tech for a large national music retailer over a year ago, and bought the relief gauge and the nut slotting gauge along with the string height gauge before starting the job. With these 3 tools, I could set up a whole wall of Gibsons within minute tolerances of each other and the whole wall of stock played consistently like butter.

They basically take the guesswork out of setting up guitars to consistent specs and make the job so much easier. They are among the most "reached for" tools in the chest!


By Dr Stephen Barton from South Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 02, 2011

This is fantastic. I have been repairing for 31 yrs and with this device I can have my neck work done in a second. I checked my measurements using feeler gauges and this gauge is right on everytime. The guy who said that the feet are not flat should tell stewmac. Those guys are great. They have always replaced things for me no questions asked. Everyone should by this and the Nut Slotting Gauge. First class tools.

I should of bought this years ago

By Hackl Guitars from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 19, 2011

I didn't think it would be worth the money. But after a few set ups where it seemed like I couldn't find the right amount of relief, I gave in and bought this. I'm so glad I did because it has made my job a lot easier and gives me confidence that the neck is always in the spot.

Spot on!

By Paulo Rui from Portugal
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, December 20, 2010

Straight to the point, no hassle! Easy to use, gives a quick and accurate neck relief measurement (with the tool properly calibrated, obviously).

Not worth the money

By jukinjimmy from Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You can get a dozen different readings on each try as the feet do not rest flat, even on a totally flat surface. The unit rocks, so you have no idea when it is flat. Very inaccurate readings. Save your money. For $100 bucks you would think it would read the same each time on the same guitar with no adjustments. Ranges madly. Bad.

No more guess work.

By Daniel Lambert from St-Romuald, Qc
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nothing is better then the neck relief gauge when adjusting multiple guitar necks in a music store. It's fast, easy to use, precise and resutls are repeated as long as the tool is calibrated !

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