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Neck Relief Gauge

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Takes the guesswork out of guitar truss rod adjustment, for more consistent and accurate playability.

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Adjust a truss rod without guesswork!
Our Neck Relief Gauge helps you quickly and precisely adjust guitar fretboard straightness (for comfortable playability without fret buzz). It accurately measures the amount of variation from a dead flat position, to take the guesswork out of adding or subtracting neck relief as you adjust the truss rod.

Playability you can measure. You'll see the relief measurement on the dial as you adjust the truss rod, so it's easy to keep the neck playing its best. It's a great way to establish optimum standards for individual instruments, string gauges and playing styles.

Dependable and accurate. Designed by Don MacRostie here in our R&D shop, the Neck Relief Gauge is made of machined aluminum for stability. It has an easy to read dial indicator that's super accurate to .001". The feet of the gauge rest directly on the frets, so the measurement won't be compromised by a worn fingerboard. It's 12" (304.8mm) long, and can be positioned to take a relief measurement at either the 5th or 6th fret on a guitar fingerboard.

Instructions are included.

The Neck Relief Gauge is included in this money-saving set:
Nut Slotting Gauge and Neck Relief Gauge Set

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Neck Relief Gauge
Neck Relief Gauge
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5 4-27-2011
Most Used Set-Up Tool

I went to work for as a tech for a large national music retailer over a year ago, and bought the relief gauge and the nut slotting gauge along with the string height gauge before starting the job. With these 3 tools, I could set up a whole wall of Gibsons within minute tolerances of each other and the whole wall of stock played consistently like butter.

They basically take the guesswork out of setting up guitars to consistent specs and make the job so much easier. They are among the most "reached for" tools in the chest!

DLM Stringed Instruments  Mountain Grove, MO
4 4-23-2011
Useful tool

A very useful tool for measuring the inclination of the guitar neck. However, the measurement is made ​​according to the frets, they must be perfect.

Gusty  Ro Read my reviews (91)
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5 4-02-2011

This is fantastic. I have been repairing for 31 yrs and with this device I can have my neck work done in a second. I checked my measurements using feeler gauges and this gauge is right on everytime. The guy who said that the feet are not flat should tell stewmac. Those guys are great. They have always replaced things for me no questions asked. Everyone should by this and the Nut Slotting Gauge. First class tools.

Dr Stephen Barton  South Australia Read my reviews (3)
5 2-19-2011
I should of bought this years ago

I didn't think it would be worth the money. But after a few set ups where it seemed like I couldn't find the right amount of relief, I gave in and bought this. I'm so glad I did because it has made my job a lot easier and gives me confidence that the neck is always in the spot.

Hackl Guitars  Denver, CO Read my reviews (9)
4 12-20-2010
Spot on!

Straight to the point, no hassle! Easy to use, gives a quick and accurate neck relief measurement (with the tool properly calibrated, obviously).

Paulo Rui  Portugal
1 12-15-2010
Not worth the money

You can get a dozen different readings on each try as the feet do not rest flat, even on a totally flat surface. The unit rocks, so you have no idea when it is flat. Very inaccurate readings. Save your money. For $100 bucks you would think it would read the same each time on the same guitar with no adjustments. Ranges madly. Bad.

jukinjimmy  Iowa Read my reviews (4)
5 7-28-2010
No more guess work.

Nothing is better then the neck relief gauge when adjusting multiple guitar necks in a music store. It's fast, easy to use, precise and resutls are repeated as long as the tool is calibrated !

Daniel Lambert  St-Romuald, Qc Read my reviews (4)
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