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Basic Setup Kit

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  • String action gauge
  • Understring radius gauges
  • Precision straightedge
  • FREE guitar setup instructions

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Make any guitar play better!
We're often asked to recommend "must-have" tools for setting up acoustic and electric guitars. We've made it easy—the Basic Setup Kit includes our most popular setup tools. These are the same super-accurate, high quality steel setup tools that professional repair shops depend on.


String Action Gauge The fastest way to measure the height of strings, nuts, saddles and pickup polepieces. Designed for stringed instrument work, it's much faster to use than any ruler.

18" Precision Straightedge Machined for fanatic accuracy (to ±.0015" per foot)! Use it to check neck relief and evaluate truss rod adjustments.

Understring Radius Gauges A big help for matching bridge saddle heights to the fretboard curvature, for easier playability. Accurately laser-cut from stainless steel, the set includes 9 different fretboard radii.

Truss rod adjustment is an important part of guitar setup, too.
Our Truss Rod Wrench Set has the tool you need.

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Basic Setup Kit
Basic Setup Kit
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5 4-25-2013

I wonder what the world was like before Stewmac?... Another extremely useful set. Thanks!!!

Philgood  France Read my reviews (2)
5 4-14-2013
Great Setup Kit To Get You Started!

I started getting into the more technical stuff about guitars because I wanted to take the mystery out of how they are setup, and learn how to customize my instrument for me - BY ME! Ideally at the end of the day, the player should be the one setting up his own instrument for himself so that it will play and sound just the way he wants. This set is a great start. Learning to measure neck relief, the fingerboard radius, how the strings conform to the radius, and how to set the string action (the most important aspect of "playability") are great skills for any player to know. You can take your guitar to a shop and hope the guy there knows what he is doing and can set it up close to what you want, or you can get it just the way YOU want. These tools allow the adventurous guitarist to spend a few hours (or days) adjusting the instrument and trying out the many posibilities in adjustments until you find the "sweet spot!" You may never find the perfect setup if always going to a shop! The Precision Straightedge does not flex much and is great for checking relief if the frets on the guitar are not unevenly worn (say like on a fairly new guitar that you want to setup). If the guitar is badly in need of a fret job, this straightedge can be inaccurate, and it would be best to measure the relief with a Notched Straightedge which will read the actual fretboard instead. The Understring Radius Gauges are more versatile than the regular Radius Gauges too. It would be nice if Stew-Mac expanded the kit to include a feeler gauge set as well though. Cheers!

Rockin' Mike Burton  Canada Read my reviews (22)
5 4-03-2013
make ur life easier than ever

If you cant trust any shop out there or you just prefer to diy basic setup yourself, this set simply works wonderful. I can easily checkout my action high vs the relief in seconds.

CenseSence  Perak, Malaysia Read my reviews (6)
5 3-21-2013
A little kit for a kick start!

I decided to give this kit a try and, seriously, this kit is an essential for any shop! A very great time saver when you used to check the action, relief and so on with feeler gauges, rulers and a capo! The quality of the tools is incredible, and the accuracy is there! Maybe it costs a little more than the good old method, but every guitars that will pass in your shop will need some adjustment. So, this kit is one of the best investment to be made at first!

A. Couture  Canada Read my reviews (2)
5 3-07-2013
A must have

This little set might seem expensive but it is really high quality gear and a must have for anyone doing set-ups.

Softlad  Ireland Read my reviews (5)
5 12-27-2012
essential tools

The straight edge is nice and hefty and straight. The radius gauges are nice and solid with clean edges, but are still light and thin enough to maneuver under strings. Stamped radius markings on the handles are clear and won't rub off. The string action gauge is indispensable! So much better than trying to shove feeler gauges under the strings or using a hardware store ruler. The instructions are OK... easy to understand but maybe a little too basic. I almost knocked a star off for the sticker shock - $90 for a few pieces of metal?! - but the quality and usefulness are there. The radius gauges don't come on a key ring or loop, so plan ahead and get something to keep them together. (I used an easy to open steel cable key ring I had lying around.)

J.M. Schmidt  Somerville, MA Read my reviews (2)
3 12-26-2012
good tools

i have to say that i did not know how to do a set up and after using this kit my guitar feels really good!! This tools are expensive but they do the trick.

lekike  ontario Canada
5 11-30-2012
Most useful tools i have bought

My best setup was marginal prior to thiskit. The radius guages are invaluable. Way better setups inhalf the time. Awesome!

Mike Reed  Sioux City, IA
4 11-26-2012
Basic Setup Kit

Excellent!! Very useful tools. Not cheap, but very good quality. Did a setup on my Tele the day my tools came in the mail. Too bad the fret rocker isn't included in this set.

M. Rogers  San Bruno, CA Read my reviews (3)
5 10-04-2012

Having done all my training in a pro workshop, tools were always on hand. This kit gives me everything i need to be able to work mobile without lugging huge amounts of tools around.

Zeke Nattrass  Tennant Creek, NT Read my reviews (3)
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