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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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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By RobK from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anyone who plays needs to do their own setups. How the instrument feels is such a personal preference, no one in a shop can find the exact setting for each player. This kit takes all the guess work out of the process. It's a small price to pay for the exact feel you want on your instrument.

small repair shop

By Parhal from Wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 31, 2011

I have a small repair shop and do setups all the time. Each item in this kit is one that I use constantly. Well worth the investment.


By Magnus Nordbye from Hamar, Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 27, 2011

The basic setup kit is a must for every guitarist and bassist out there, who's serious about their instruments. Proper setup is important for a guitar to perform at it's highest potential. This is an investment you're not going to regret!

Great set!

By Gabriel's Guitar Repair from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My wife gave me this set as a gift for christmas. I am a pro musician getting into minor guitar repair and french polishing. This set allowed me to set up all of my guitars to perfection. My friends now pay me to do their guitars. The radius gauges helped me set my saddle to fit the neck contour. Must have for basic setups!

Just what I needed!

By Jesus Saucedo from Chicago, Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 01, 2011

I have 3 electric guitars and have never felt comfortable with their "playability." After setting up my Strat and Tele with Fender's recommended measurements for a light attack I fell back in love with them!

If you are as sensitive as I am when it comes to your setup this is more then worth the price. The metric action gauge is a god send. I set up 2 guitars in less then 15 minutes.


Christmas List

By Kazz from Troutville, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 19, 2010

I have not had a chance to use the Fret Wire. It is a Christmas gift that I just have to wait and open. I did check the packaging to ensure every item was there. Good job on the packing. Everything was secure and all of the items were received without damage. I have a lot of plans to use it all and order more.

Has everything you need

By jakemit1 from Cibolo,Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 15, 2010

this kit has everything you need to do great quality set ups. I love the string action guage. I use it everyday

setup kit

By john k from england
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 12, 2010

With 8 guitars in my house setups cost money since buying this kit and the refretting kit I have saved ú800. If you are thinking of buying, just buy. You cant do the job without them. Well done stewmac

Good Investment

By yakbass from SE Connecticut
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 20, 2010

Simple, easy to use, good results. What a tool set ought to be.

Must Have.....

By Gordo K. from Columbus, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 06, 2010

This is the smartest purchase of guitar tools I have made. Top quality and indispensable tools for making guitar setup enjoyable in addition to fast.

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