Like others have said, be aware that this is only going to work on full size and jumbo acoustic bodies or acoustic basses. The StewMac scissor jack is what you really need for the type of jobs where you would use this little tool. But for the price this one is hard to beat. I also appreciate that the plastic ends must have teflon in them cause dried glue that gets on them doesnt stick. Just pops right off.
What a great little repair tool! Easy to install, operate & adjust.
Bit big for a lot of acoustics - would have more applications if 10mm smaller. Fiddly as well. On the other hand, can't think of another tool that does what this can
This would have been just fine for fullsize, too big for Terz. I wound up using a metal ruler cut to size, used as a spring against the brace...worked perfectly.
These brace jacks operated as expected, i.e. not especially easy to manipulate one-handed. Nonetheless in many repair situations they are proving useful. In the more difficult situations I still find Sloane style jacks more useful and easier to operate. The StewMac jacks proved too long to use in a small flamenco guitar repair though. Although I have seen complaints about the basic quality of these jacks I am perfectly happy that they are adequate for most tasks.
OK I should have taken more notice of the MINIMUM dimension, they were out by half an inch. However Stew Mac maybe should have said "these will not fit slim classical acoustics" I am really annoyed because I missed the DHL guy and had to wait an extra four days to get these,and then they didn't fit
Bamboo shoots wedged in worked fine!!!
Gluing down loose braces in cramped spaces on vintage classical guitars is a test of anyone's patience. Sure, I wish these jacks would cost less (like the high volume generic parts at the hardware store), but I'm glad I didn't have to spend time making another project on top of the original guitar repair project.
Bought a set of 3 and after learning how to place and tighten the first one by feel (no view at all), they worked fine.
Works well,but not the quality S.M. is known for.
Cheap, quick and dirty. Easy to adapt to a myriad of simple in the box tasks. They are not made to do guitar assembly, rather they are made to assist the repair luthier. They are not necessarily D.I.Y. stuff. Frankly DIY's should bring brace repair to the pros if possible. [Not trying to be 'funny']. We don't charge much, and can do a better job the first time....and yes...using these 'bad' tools.
Consider also: Do you know how long it takes to make this tool with hardware store stuff? Too LONG!! Well worth the $10. for sure
GREG GUITARS LLC
Some cork padding applied to both ends seems essential. Why did I buy something that is so easily recreated from a hardware store? To redeem this I plan on using the repair jack to build an Erlewine-esque Neck Jig (save a couple hundred $$)
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