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Thickness Caliper

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High quality caliper is designed specifically for luthiers, with a deep 9" (228mm) reach to accommodate an archtop guitar, mandolin, violin or viola.

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Thickness Caliper
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5193 Inches Yes

5193-M Metric Yes

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Inch or metric models for archtop carving!
To carve an archtop instrument you need fast, precise measurements of critical top and back thicknesses. Our caliper does the job with just a flick of your thumb.

The dial indicator is accurate to .001" (the metric model to 0.01mm) for thicknesses up to 1" (25mm). It has an adjustable zero point, and can also be positioned for left-hand use. You can install the removable brass foot for convenient freestanding operation, or take your measurements freehand; the sturdy lightweight aluminum frame is easy to handle.

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Thickness Caliper
Thickness Caliper
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5 11-24-2013
Thickness Caliper

An excellent tool, extremely accurate when used the right way. I need it only for measuring top and back thicknesses and perhaps accuracy up to 0,1 mm would be sufficient for this job.

Wiemer  Ghent Read my reviews (3)
5 7-03-2013
Thickness caliper

An accurate, well made tool that I'm sure will prove invaluable. I am using it on violin plates where accuracy is essential. The small graduations make it ideal for this kind of work. Recommended.

Davemcd  Ireland
5 12-04-2012
Great Caliper

This is a joy to use, it's accurate and looks gorgeous . I keep mine hanging on the wall where I can always grab it quickly. Sturdy frame, easily readable dial and good ergonomics for right or left hand. Glad I got this tool!

Blindrobert  Austin, TX Read my reviews (5)
4 9-19-2012
Essential tool.

I've been using this wonderful thickness caliper for over a year on my mando soundboards and backs. It is designed specifically for that task, and does it well. Recently, the tool fell to the floor from about 2 feet. When I picked it up, the dial indicator wouldn't work correctly, even though the words "shock proof" are printed on the face. I didn't want to put the same quality dial indicator on this great tool, so I ordered a very high quality one. i now have a "tricked out" thickness caliper, that's even better than ever.

shrinkDave  Miami, FL Read my reviews (2)
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4 5-30-2012
Great tool, could use a couple tweaks

Very well made and accurate- just wish the throat was deeper so you could get it into an assembled instrument....

Leo M Whitebird  Mpls Mnn Read my reviews (17)
5 4-16-2012
Thickness caliper (metric)

Well made, accurate and reasonably priced (the same tool in Europe is twice the price of this one).

Dimitri  Hennuy√®res, Belgium Read my reviews (6)
5 3-30-2012
graduating calipers

The Graduating Calipers are a fantastic deal . They are solid and work accurately. I am a machinist by day and use tools everyday, for the money this is a fine choice.

John Deason  Nashville TN
5 3-14-2012
Thickness Caliper

Several luthiers suggested that thickness calipers are not really necessary. You can make one out of wood or some other homemade version. However, since voicing the guitar is a direct funcion of thicknessing the top, I decided to purchase the StewMac calipers. I do not regret that decision. I now believe that if you are serious about making a quality instrument, one of these calipers is a must. If you cut corners here, I think you will be sorry later.

Stephen Brown  Fort Collins, CO Read my reviews (4)
5 10-16-2011
Thicknessing Caliper

As someone who works in metric sizes I am very pleased with Stewmac's latest addition to their measuring instruments. Measuring in small sizes is easier for me in millimetres rather than thous and decimal inches. But I suppose it is what you are used to. The instrument is light easy to use and looks an item of proper quality

nobledosser  Scotland Read my reviews (2)
5 10-06-2011
Thicknessing Caliper

I'm very happy with my recent purchase of the StewMac caliper...I own two other calipers that I use in violinmaking but this one I really like and will usefor a long time...I was surprized when I opened the package to see such a well made and affordable tool...I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about excellent calpier

Ernie Martell  USA
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