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String Action Gauge

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Fast, accurate measurements for setups.
Our String Action Gauge is a "Swiss Army Ruler" for setup adjustments on any stringed instrument.

This pocket-size stainless steel rule has become a luthier's favorite in busy shops. It's the best way yet to get vital measurements on acoustic and electric instruments.
• String height
• Bridge saddle height
• Saddle slot depth
• Fret slot depth (unbound fingerboards)
• Nut height
• Pickup polepiece height


No more "three-and-a-half-64ths or 3/32" plus one of those little lines." This gauge measures in ways that regular rulers can't.
—Dan Erlewine

Developed here at Stewart-MacDonald by Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie, the gauge features a progressive string height scale: simply slide it across the frets and read the measurement under the string. It's faster to use than any ruler, and stays parallel to the fingerboard—much easier than trying to hold a ruler perpendicular to a rounded fret.

StewMac's String Action Gauge has two models (sold separately) for measuring in inches or millimeters. The string height markers are graduated from .010" to .140" on the inch model, and from 0.25mm to 3.50mm on the metric version.

The back of the gauge has a time-saving fractional/decimal/metric conversion chart.

The String Action Gauge is made of durable stainless steel with precision-etched markings, and fits right in your pocket.

Tip: You can use the gauge to set router depth, instead of a shop ruler. It sits solidly on your router base, with the scale right where you need it.


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Instructions

Product Instructions

Making a Nut, Step-by-Step

Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.

Product Instructions

String Action Gauge

How to determine string action with the String Action Gauge.

Metric String Action Gauge

How to determine string action with the Metric String Action Gauge.

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Bought the imperial version a good while back. Use it all the time for string action measurements, so for that it's 5-stars. Ideally, I'd keep the string action side the same (inch fractions, like how we measure strings) and have a metric ruler on the opposite face.

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Essential

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It makes the job of measuring the string height so much faster and clearer.

I have to agree with Martin Fuerstenau though, a version with metric and inches would be indispensable and would get a 10 star rating.

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Absolute Money Maker

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Not only do you save time in checking string height specs you can check a customers guitar instantly and get another repair out of it.

Ms Ricki Leigh

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essential!! 

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you NEED this, it's the one tool that I just cannot live without now.

5.0

Fantastic setup tool with a little drawback

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I live in Germany. That means metric. I read a lot of guitar building books. That means metric and imperial. Therefore I ordered both - the metric one and the imperial one. Thats the drawback. I think it would be great to have metric on one side and inch/fractional on the other side instead of the conversion table.

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String Action Gauge

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Usually I set up my guitars basically by trial and error and bits of paper with pencil marks on them for string height etc. However I recently purchased the String Action Gauge and it makes things very much simpler and much more consistent. As a result I have reset up 4 guitars since getting it and eventually I'll work my way through the rest.

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Gotta have a dozen!

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Why? So I'll have one for the rest of my life if they quit making them - that's why! One would easily last a lifetime on the shop table, but I want to carry one in my billfold like a credit card and I'm afraid the ink and markings will wear off (probably won't though). This is the single most all-round valuable tool on this website. I promise!

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String Action Gauge

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Simply excellent and especially fast to be used. A++++

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String action gauge

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Only a very simple product, but a very necessary one if you want to get into setting your guitar up properly. The quality of the product is excellent with all the markings clear and accurate. The rudimentary instructions and benchmark values are also very helpful. The purchase interface (the website), considering I am buying everything from "overseas", is second to none. I have bought before from firms in the USA and have had endless problems. This firm has got it right. Thanks for the service you offer.

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S.A.G. rules the bOard!

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it makes your life simple. no more guessing... and by the way it includes "forbidden notes"...LOL. just get one and you'll know whats the Forbidden notes. ;p

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