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String Spacing Rule

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String Spacing Rule

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String Spacing Rule

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Get accurate string spacing without calipers, calculators or shop rulers.

Our laser-etched stainless steel String Spacing Rule quickly finds the right spacing for just about any stringed instrument. It does all the math for you: proportional slot spacing automatically compensates for string diameters, from treble to bass, so the thicker strings won't feel crowded to the player.

The problem is: if you space the strings equally, they don't feel equally spaced. The thicker bass strings seem crowded together. Each gap between strings has to be slightly different to feel right to the player. How do you calculate this? The String Spacing Rule takes care of it, for guitars, basses, mandolins, and banjos.

Fast. The String Spacing Rule is slotted so you can quickly mark the string positions onto the nut. Use a scribe instead of a pencil, and it creates extremely accurate starter grooves for your nut slotting files.

Easy to use. Mark the two outer string positions onto the nut. Slide the rule over the nut to find a set of slots that matches your two marks. Now just scribe or pencil the string positions onto the nut! No measuring, dividing or calculating — the rule does the math for you.



Accurate. The rule's slots are laser-cut in a continuous scale that wraps around both edges of the rule (our thanks to luthier Kevin Ryan for creating this tool). Proportional slot spacing subtly compensates for the diameters of the individual strings, from treble to bass, to give the right feel and playability.

Not just for nut slotting. You can use the String Spacing Rule to notch Tune-o-matic bridge saddles, to lay out bridge pin holes, and when notching archtop guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin bridges.

The String Spacing Rule is made of laser-etched flexible stainless steel that conforms to flat or arched surfaces. Instructions are included.

The String Spacing Rule is included in the Essential Nut Making Tool Kit, which has all the basic tools you'll need for shaping, string-spacing, slotting and fitting string nuts like a pro.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins

Erick Coleman uses Kevin Ryan's proportional string spacing rule for more jobs than Kevin ever expected: 12-strings, mandolins, bridge saddles... Plus: an explanation of the difference between equal spacing and proportional spacing.

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 Spacing Rule Instructions

The String Spacing Rule locates string positions so that heavier strings get the wider spacing they need.

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4.0

Best way to do this.

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It makes it so easy. What else can you say.

5.0

string scale

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All I can say is this thing works.A must have if you are a builder

5.0

Very Clever

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This is a fantastic tool; simple and easy to use. Much better than dividers and math and callipers. All that silliness is done for you. Put it on your Christmas list you need it!

5.0

Makin life easy

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Used the string spacing rule for all nuts that i've made. It sure makes getting the string spacing right easy. Excellent product!

5.0

This is so simple and a time saver too

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Love it, saves time and is simple to use.

5.0

Gotta have

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If you do nut replacement on various instruments Fiddles, Guitars and Mandolins, you gotta have one, cuts down on time and is accurate..

5.0

Tudo de bom

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Agora npo quebro mais a cabeta fazendo cßlculos matemßticos!

5.0

Very easy to use

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Following the online directions, I made a perfectly-spaced nut the very first time I used the rule--which was a good thing, considering the price of the blank! This tool allows you to quickly and easily customize string spacing to suit your individual playing style. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

5.0

Great easy product

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This is a great tool, saves time and money as well as fristration.

5.0

Amazing rules

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do you want a perfect job? a great nut then you must get one you won¦t be sorry after , you will know exacly and fast where the string should be positions, " if you want work as PRO you need get a PRO tools!

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