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String Action Gauge

About This Item

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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Excellent Quality Tool

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I have never set up a guitar before, and this tool made the job easy!

5.0

Exactly what I needed

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This is an excellent tool for setting up my guitars. It ideally suits my needs.

5.0

Exactly what I needed

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Not really to much to say here other than this is the tool you need to accurately measure string action.

5.0

Great tool!

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Great tool, super useful, much better than a standard ruler and easier to carry. I love it.

5.0

This gauge is great!!!!

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I love this little gauge ... it's so-o-o easy to read. makes adjustments quick and easy !!!

4.0

How about making both sides useful?

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I bought this on impulse and found it to be a very handy tool, that I expect to use often.
My only question is, why must one buy -two- of these to get both English and Metric scales?

The back of this gauge has a table of fractional inch/metric equivalents. I have dozens of such tables lying around, calculators that do metric conversions, -- plus by this point in my life I have most of the conversions memorized. I really didn't need yet another table.

Far more useful would be to have the inch scale on one side, and the metric scale on the other side. For almost $20, it would be a better deal that way, also.

How about it, StewMac?

5.0

String action guage

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The best way to set string height. easy to use.

5.0

A must have in your tool kit

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High quality, easy to read increments, ultra versatile and a necessity for any luthier.

5.0

Great for the workshop and for personal use

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This tool is great for workshops and still great for personal use. I think that every guitarist should have this in his guitar bag!

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Great tool. Excellent shipping.

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