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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A Good Investment For My Collection

By Hefty Lefty from Columbia, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 11, 2013

I purchased the basic setup kit and the essential nut making kit to update several older (cheaper) acoustic guitars that I own. Being a lefty, there are not many pre-shaped parts available to update them plus some of those setups were fair at best. With these high quality StewMac kits along with a few of my own hand tools, I can make nuts or saddles and do setups on my own stuff anytime. It also gives you the option to experiment with your setups to get them exactly like you want. I highly recommend these kits.

great quality

By David Ireland from Lake Charles, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 24, 2013

High quality tools, and it is great to have the perfect tool for the job

Good starter set

By wizard1325 from Tampa, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 21, 2013

but your going to need more tools

already paid for itself

By Kelly T from dededo,guam
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 21, 2013

No guess work what so ever, just a few steps and straight to the point, can set up a guitar very quickly now.

must have

By thesultan from Portland,Me
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013

great quality, great function.really makes setups a snap. why pay fifty bucks a shot at a guitar store when you could spend a hundread once?

The Right Tool for First Time Fretters

By Terence from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 20, 2013

I ordered this tool kit when conducting my first refret job. I was nervous, but using these tools and instructions I was able to properly install, dress, and level frets on a strat. Don't try to cut corners by ordering the tools separately, you will need everything here!


By emericus from Presov, Slovakia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 17, 2013

I am not a luthier and I just wanted to setup my electric guitars. And with these tools it was piece of cake. Thank You!

Expensive AND Worth EVERY Cent!

By SlopeRocker from NYC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 16, 2013

If you're DIY-challanged like me this kit is a must! It pulls together all you need to do a great set-up - tools and instructions. Yes, you can find cheaper tools or use no tools at all. But, for me, the convenience of getting the right tools and great instructions far outweighed any cost savings. Unlike a lot of other people here I freely admit I am totally ignorant about do-it-yourself projects. I break out into hives and hyperventilate when I need to screw in a lightbulb. But, I did want to start doing my own set-ups. Now I can. And if I can you definitely can! Also, do yourself a favor and also get Dan Erlewine's excellent book "How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!" It brings all of the procedures to life...

Great place to start

By Axemon Dan from Williamsburg, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 01, 2013

The Basic Set up kit is a great starting point for any advanced player or beginning guitar tech. Having the correct tools for the set up allows for precise and accurate adjustments.

Great basic Kit

By RodrigoR from Rochester, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 17, 2013

Great quality on the tools, the guide is really simple but achieved a nice setup and I am happy with the results, my guitar feels great to play.

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