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.

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Item # 0670
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Item # 0670-M
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String Action Gauge

Dan Erlewine uses this gauge for checking string height, measuring saddle and pickup heights and more.


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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. 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.


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.

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String Action Gauge

How to determine string action with the String Action Gauge.

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Metric String Action Gauge

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

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5.0

New improved version...!

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I just got another couple of these(for set-up classes I run). The new ones (May '15) are twice the thickness of the older ones. Same accuracy, just chunkier..!

5.0

My most used guitar tool!

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I about this tool expecting to use it on the random setup. However, this tool has managed to allow me to do my own setups and get measurements for my playing style. Get it, learn how to use it, and play like a champ!

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Why did I wait so long

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The string action gauge makes setup a snap, I had seen them on "Luthier setup tool reviews" but I made excuses oh I'll order one next week, I should have ordered it a year ago. Great job Stew-Mac, what an awesome measuring tool.

5.0

A must have, luthier or musician.

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Great idea, it acurately mesures and it converts. Bravo.

5.0

good

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Very accurate, useful tool.

5.0

Thanks for having these in metric!

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I have both the inch version and the metric version of this great tool! Really great and easy to use!

5.0

A must have

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I was impressed with the String Action Gauge I recently purchased from Stewmac. In the past most of my setups have been done by eye and ear. This takes the guesswork out of it. I have done six setups since getting this handy tool. All were faster, easier, and better than ever before. I don't know how I got along without it.

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String Action Gauge

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Great little tool. Very useful and serves multiple functions. However, you need good lighting and (for me) a magnifying lens or glasses to see some of the lines.

5.0

Perfect title for a perfect tool

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I consider myself fairly picky about the string action on my own guitars. Thanks for helping me put my money where my mouth is.

5.0

Handy as a Swiss Army Knife

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This tool is a must for setup work. I got this handy gauge about a year ago. I wouldn't try to setup a guitar with out one of these little gems. Worth every penny.

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