Erlewine Neck Jig

Erlewine Neck Jig

Erlewine Neck Jig

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Erlewine Neck Jig

About This Item

Redesigned and improved! The revolutionary string tension simulator, for fretwork without guesswork. Now more versatile than ever!

A revolution in fretwork
Dan Erlewine developed the Neck Jig using the breakthrough idea of simulating string tension with the strings off. This results in the most accurate fret and fingerboard work ever: no guesswork, and no unpleasant surprises when the instrument is restrung. Just a very satisfied player!

Proven in pro repair shops
Evolving through years of fretwork for demanding players, the Erlewine Neck Jig has become a valuable asset in busy shops around the world.

NEW! Rigid aluminum design
Sturdy aluminum beam construction adds extra rigidity without cumbersome weight, and is unaffected by humidity. Enhanced stability and reduced flex make neck deflection measurements more precise than ever before.

NEW! Adjusts for any fretted instrument
All components now feature adjustable positioning. You can jig guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins and more, including asymmetrical or custom-shaped bodies, easier and faster. The cross beams have convenient etched measurements for instrument body alignment.

The big difference: using the playing position
Turn the Jig so the guitar is in the same position as when it's played. This is the way to measure and adjust fretboard action, instead of laying the guitar on its back with gravity pulling the neck and strings downward.

Clamp the Jig to your bench in this playing position to read the neck. (Rotating between the playing and working positions is easy with our Neck Jig Workstation.)

With the strings on, the neck's curvature is zeroed-in with dial calipers. When the strings come off, the Jig holds the neck in the same position as when it was strung up in the playing position. Now you can do your fretwork with total accuracy, because when you string the guitar back up the neck doesn't change.

    The Erlewine Neck Jig includes:
  • Precision dial indicators for measuring neck deflection
  • Height-adjustable jig rods
  • Peghead tensioner and jack
  • Swivel-top levelers that conform to the instrument body
  • Wooden body support slats
  • Body straps
  • Sturdy eyebolt for convenient storage on your shop wall
  • 4 setup wrenches
  • Neck Jig Bracket for Angle Vise. Also sold seperately
  • Instructions


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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Erlewine Neck Jig Instructions

How to assemble and jig up a guitar.

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4.5
  • 4.58 average rating from 12 reviews
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4.0

Love It But -

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There are already plenty of 5 star ratings so although I am very fond of the thing I'm going to be a little critical. I liked my old version enough to upgrade to the metal version and the metal version is not only a vast improvement - but a smart one. However - something I've had against both versions is the hold-down strap that goes around the neck right behind the nut (not the ones holding down body) and I've never had a job where it wasn't necessary. Hold-down strap Never, I repeat, NEver holds steady. The little plastic flipper clamp does not hold it in place. I've tried using a clamp to hold it in place but that just swings around and moves my dials all over the place. Even just the fact that it's a strap going thru a narrow eye hook creates unstable movement. As the vid points out, even just moving the jig from 90 to 45 deg will change dial readings. It's amazing how sensitive the whole principle is and that one simple danged strap is soooo counter to the whole jigs purpose. There really needs to be some sort of rigid adjustment mechanism for this. Otherwise I would give the product 10 stars.

5.0

Couldn't have made it better myself

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Verified Buyer


This is an amazingly well built tool that after assembling came to the conclusion that I could not have built something even half this nice for the same price and time it would have taken me! would 100% recommend this to anyone!

5.0

Grandiose :-)

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Verified Buyer


I am very happy with this purchase, thank you very much .

5.0

Best One Yet!

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Verified Buyer


This is my third neck jig. The first one I built myself, the next one was an original style. This new is the best one yet! SO nice to set up. Much quicker than the older styles due to the sliding parts. I like the smaller dials, the infinite adjustment, the light weight, and the fact that it looks like I'm using NASA tech! Very very please with the jig. Thanks Stewmac and Dan Erlewine!

5.0

Finally pulled the trigger.

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Verified Buyer


Got the neck jig finally. After years of doing levels by feel, I finally wanted to SEE what my neck is doing while I am working on it. The affect gravity has on the neck is mind blowing when you see it for yourself on the gauges. I've seen as much as a .020 difference from playing position to working position. That's plenty of fret buzz causing movement for sure!

Setting it up was fairly easy. I am regretting not getting the stand and vise with it though. Moving the entire jig with a guitar mounted can be scary.. The only issue I had with it, is that the machining is a little rough around the edges. Enough to slice into a finger without mercy. So break out your files and round those edges before setting it up! Your finger will thank you... Mine is still a bit angry with me.

Do you need this? No, with experience you can do accurate fretwork without. But this takes 20 years of experience out of the equation and gets you turning over accurate fret jobs ASAP! So do you want this? YES! Worthwhile investment in the long run.

5.0

Remarkable!

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Verified Buyer


I can't believe I waited so long to get the latest version of the Erlewine neck jig! I started 30 years ago with the plans and built the 1st version ( tilting top w/slat table) eventually moving up to the 2nd version wood model (with a shop stand & tilting vise). Now, with this new Neck Jig, the ease of setting it up and the adjustability are unsurpassed! Odd shaped and small instruments no longer pose a challenge. The rigid construction means you have absolutely no movement when leveling frets! Dan and the folks at Stew Mac R&D really knocked this one out of the park! Thank you.

4.0

Fun setting this up

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Verified Buyer


Had to take a few attempts getting all the parts correctly in place. Got it working today, set up one guitar and so far it seems to be correct. Bigger and better made the I had expected.

5.0

Neck jig

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Verified Buyer


Excellent!

2.0

Not impressed

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Verified Buyer


I just got into doing my own repairs a few years back, but saw the need for a way to simulate string tension while doing fret work. I racked my brain trying to figure out a cheap way to do this. I was frustrated with this tool because the usage directions didn't stress certain points enough. It was during this time that I realized how I could simulate neck tension for under fifty bucks. Regardless it is a great tool but way over priced. I have to give two stars because of the pricing. There is a much simpler way for only a few bucks.

Response from StewMac


We are sorry to hear you were not impressed with this tool. The Erlewine Neck Jig, along with all of our tools and parts, are covered under our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not happy, please contact our Customer Service Department to return it for a refund. - Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Best Gig I've Used

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Verified Buyer


It's easy to design your own jig, I have done so in the past, but it is another thing to take the time to buy all the parts, cut all the wood, drill all the holes, etc. etc. to build it, only to have something that doesn't look very nice although can perform the task. The time it takes to assemble is considerable.

This jig assembles in 15 minutes, and you can begin flattening your fret boards professionally the night it arrives.

I've done 2 guitars, both relatively inexpensive to "practice" on (shhh - don't tell the owners) and both came out with superbly low action. The micrometers served as more of a confirmation that everything was still in place since I did not have to apply much pressure to the head stock IF ANY - the threaded support rods under the neck prevented the neck from back bowing once the stings were removed so the neck didn't do much of anything - it had nowhere to go and the micrometers proved it by staying near zero during the entire process. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that a neck must be held in the same position that strings under tension place it and held in place firmly before any fret or fret board leveling is done. It's also my firm belief that a truss rod does not do this and that the profile of the relative height of the frets changes depending on how you bend the neck. Neck jig - good. Truss Rod - bad. If a neck jig is properly used, there is usually no need to adjust the truss rod after re-stringing. The strings should pull the neck into almost the perfect position. Use truss rod adjustments VERY sparingly after leveling. They should not be necessary.

It would be nice to have a platform (I built one from MDF board) to mount the guitar on. I cut a piece of 3/4" MDF about 2" wider than my guitars, mounted that on the guitar supports, put thin rubber grommets on the surface of the platform so the guitar wouldn't slide or get scratched, pulled the strap tight after aligning everything and presto, 15 minutes later I had almost perfect action and a lot of frets to crown!

One last thing. You need a vise to hold this and a strong table to mount the vise on.

Highly recommended.

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