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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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

Excellent Tool

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For years I spent time trying to get the proper distance from the strings to the frets. I never was able to do it without having my eyes roll back in my head while I stared for hours. With this tool I was done in less than 10 minutes without eye strain or pushing or holding frets. I should have bought one of these years ago.

5.0

I'm impressed!!!

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Wow, it has a lot of options.
Very accurate, I thought my Taylor 412CE sounds OK....I needed some practice but I was surprised about the difference, a lot better!

5.0

Praktisch und schnell

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Muss man im Gitarrenkoffer haben!
Zum Prnfen und einstellen. keine Probleme. Gut ablesbar.

5.0

Amazing tool!

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When I saw the pictures I thought it was just silk screened onto the steel, but when I got it I saw that it's actually sunk into the steel! amazing detail and extremely accurate, will last a lifetime

4.0

It helps

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I haven't used this in every place that I will, but checking the string height or the neck straightness on the 8th fret is still more difficult than reading one of the digital caliper.

5.0

String Action Gauge a worksaver !

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This little multi purpose ruler is just what the doctor ordered for bass and guitar setups. A real timesaver that rests on the frets for more accurate measurements. Well worth the money.

5.0

String action gauge

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How can anyone truly measure action without one of these? Buzzing? You'd be lost without one.

5.0

Indispensable

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Like everything I've purchased from StewMac, this gauge is precise and high quality.

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String Action Gauge

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While not a luthier, I do want to be able to assess a guitar's action, fretboard condition and setup characteristics, whether I'm buying a guitar or maintaining my own. This is a great tool that provides a quick, accurate measurement of string height. It's a must-have tool in my shop.

My recommendation for taking it to the next level - reproduce the scale in reverse order on the opposite edge or on the back so the gauge can be used from both sides of the neck and you can measure the high-E string at the first fret without looking through 5 strings.

5.0

love love love this gauge!

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worth the money, so much easier to use then other methods in my humble opinion...

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