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Notched Straightedge


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Read the fretboard instead of the frets. Developed in our shop, the notched straightedge has become a standard for evaluating fretboards.

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Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
3814 For guitars Yes
$79.37

3813 For basses Yes
$81.58

3812 For short scale basses and baritone guitars Yes
$81.58


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The notches fit right over the frets so you can check the straightness of the fretboard itself, without the interference of worn or badly-seated frets.

Made of machined stainless steel, satin-finished for easy marking with a pencil (cleans off easily).

#3814 For guitars
One edge is notched for Gibson "long scale", plus Fender and Martin fretboards. The other edge fits Gibson's 24-3/4" scale, plus 25" Paul Reed Smith and Dobro® Scale.
Length 16-1/2" (420mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)

#3813 For basses
One edge is for Fender 34" scale; the other edge for 35" scale.
Length 22-5/8" (575mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)

#3812 For short scale basses and baritone guitars
One edge fits Fender Bajo Sexto 30.2" scale, Gibson EB 30.5" scale, plus Fender 30" short-scale bass and Danelectro 30" baritone scale. The other edge fits Fender's Baritone Custom Jaguar 28.5" scale, Eastwood's 28" scale and custom baritone scales falling between 28" and 28.5".
Length 19" (482.6mm)
Width 1-1/2" (38mm)
Thickness .130" (3.25mm)


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Notched Straightedge
Notched Straightedge
 
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5 7-16-2011
great product

Easy to use and built solid.

Otero,A  vld,nj
5 6-26-2011
More than expected

I'm very pleased to have purchased the notched straightedge. Here's why.
I already had a precision straight edge, but it can't read the flatness of the fretboard. Since my interests in guitars has morphed from playing to setup/repair and building, I decided it was time to by the notched straightedge.
First impressions: Expected Stewmac quality. It has weight to it, it is wide and stable when placed on the fretboard, notches are cleanly machined, and the satin finish is flawless.
As stated, the notched straightedge, will allow you to measure the flatness of the fretboard without the confusion of fret problems. And by placing the notched straightedge on the frets, you can evaluate the levelness of the frets.You can also compare fretboard relief on the wood as well as the frets.
I also found a new use for the tool. While using the notched straightedge, I realized that if I kept 'jumping over frets' until the notched straightedge was at the bridge, I could observe/measure where the plane of the wood or frets intersects the bridge. This will help with seeing issues with neckset angle by measuring/observing where the notched straightedge meets the bridge. No more sighting down the fretboard to help evaluate setup issues. (Hope you understood that).
Bottom line: Stewmac quality, performs as stated and more. If you were wondering if you should buy it, then buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Ed Gabrielle  Vermont
5 5-21-2011
Excellent complement to standard straightedge

Although I have a range of lengths of standard machinist straightedges, the notched straight edge was still a great addition to my tool box for truss rod adjustments.

John H  Southeast PA Read my reviews (3)
5 4-18-2011
Sehr gutes Lineal

Das Lineal ist sehr Gut verarbeitet und hat mir sehr Gut geholfen.

conrad  Germany Read my reviews (4)
5 4-13-2011
Does the job

I like these but you have to be sure that your fretboard area is indeed level before relying on this straightedge. Good solid construction and I like the convenience of the long and short scale notches.

Jerhico Guitars  Altona, NY Read my reviews (51)
5 4-06-2011
Desperadoville...USA

One of the most used Tools in my Shop...To do a proper Level, Crown and Polish, it's absolutely crucial to get a good reading on the Fingerboard first, and this Tool is designed for just that...Many will attempt to save a few dollars and make their own, but unless you don't have much value for your time ?...I strongly suggest the purchase of this tool from Stew-Mac.

Desperadoville...USA  Edgewater, Maryland
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5 3-31-2011
STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW

Was having problems setting the neck relief on my 6 string bass with 2 truss rods. Bought the straight edge to measure the true relief of the neck not the frets. Works amazing. I now use it to set the neck relief instead of using the string. Easier and more accurate. Should have bought one years ago!

Shaun Williams  Canada Read my reviews (2)
5 3-28-2011
Nothing beats the original

I saw this product about a year ago. It was just to much money so I made my own. After a year has passed I wish I had just put up the money. This is thick and will stand on the fretboard. It is super accurate. Just can't beat the original. Another great product StewMac!

dsteiner  Mechanicsburg, PA Read my reviews (9)
5 3-28-2011
Nothing beats the original

I saw this product about a year ago. It was just to much money so I made my own. After a year has passed I wish I had just put up the money. This is thick and will stand on the fretboard. It is super accurate. Just can't beat the original. Another great product StewMac!

dsteiner  Mechanicsburg, PA Read my reviews (9)
5 3-27-2011
Notched Straightedge

For me to be able to give my guitars routine check-ups, this is hands-down my most important tool and was my very first purchase. The information gleaned from this device is what determines what, if any, next-steps are needed in maintaining my guitars. The notched-straightedge gives me both a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the fretboard, an area of the guitar that used to be one of great uncertainty.

With this tool and some feeler gauges, no imperfection or defect goes undetected. A truly brilliant, yet amazingly simple, tool.

Rick A.  Kansas Read my reviews (2)
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