String Spacing Rule

String Spacing Rule

String Spacing Rule

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String Spacing Rule

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Get accurate string spacing without calipers, calculators or shop rulers.

Our laser-etched stainless steel String Spacing Rule quickly finds the right spacing for just about any stringed instrument. It does all the math for you: proportional slot spacing automatically compensates for string diameters, from treble to bass, so the thicker strings won't feel crowded to the player.

The problem is: if you space the strings equally, they don't feel equally spaced. The thicker bass strings seem crowded together. Each gap between strings has to be slightly different to feel right to the player. How do you calculate this? The String Spacing Rule takes care of it, for guitars, basses, mandolins, and banjos.

Fast. The String Spacing Rule is slotted so you can quickly mark the string positions onto the nut. Use a scribe instead of a pencil, and it creates extremely accurate starter grooves for your nut slotting files.

Easy to use. Mark the two outer string positions onto the nut. Slide the rule over the nut to find a set of slots that matches your two marks. Now just scribe or pencil the string positions onto the nut! No measuring, dividing or calculating — the rule does the math for you.



Accurate. The rule's slots are laser-cut in a continuous scale that wraps around both edges of the rule (our thanks to luthier Kevin Ryan for creating this tool). Proportional slot spacing subtly compensates for the diameters of the individual strings, from treble to bass, to give the right feel and playability.

Not just for nut slotting. You can use the String Spacing Rule to notch Tune-o-matic bridge saddles, to lay out bridge pin holes, and when notching archtop guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin bridges.

The String Spacing Rule is made of laser-etched flexible stainless steel that conforms to flat or arched surfaces. Instructions are included.

The String Spacing Rule is included in the Essential Nut Making Tool Kit, which has all the basic tools you'll need for shaping, string-spacing, slotting and fitting string nuts like a pro.

Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Using the String Spacing Rule for guitars and mandolins

Erick Coleman uses Kevin Ryan's proportional string spacing rule for more jobs than Kevin ever expected: 12-strings, mandolins, bridge saddles... Plus: an explanation of the difference between equal spacing and proportional spacing.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Making a Nut, Step-by-Step

Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.

Product Instructions

String Spacing Rule Instructions

The String Spacing Rule locates string positions so that heavier strings get the wider spacing they need.

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5.0

A must tool for the shop

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Another well made, must have tool for string spacing from Stewmac. You get what you pay for and super fast and free shipping with their club membership.

5.0

Must have

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This is a great tool for making nuts.

5.0

excelente

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excelente para el trabajo . muchas gracias aparte de la seriedad de la empresa gracias

5.0

Real time saver

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Verified Buyer


Really makes nut layout a simple task. Right tool for the job. Very pleased

5.0

Worth the money

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Verified Buyer


I use it everyday. Accurate. Great time saver.
Would buy again.

5.0

Very accurate

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Verified Buyer


I must have for setting up nuts and bridge pins. Thanks for making quality tools.

5.0

Perfect

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Verified Buyer


Received yesterday, used it to build a new nut today and it worked perfectly.
Tip: once you find a position on the ruler for a particular job, mark your starting point with a marker. This will save time when you need to verify your results.

5.0

String spacing rule

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Verified Buyer


Does exactly what it is supposed to do - very easy to use

5.0

Great product makes it easy!

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Verified Buyer


No more guessing!This ruler takes all the guesswork out of string spacing.Worth every penney!

5.0

A great spacing ruler.

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I have recently received this and am awaiting the nut to get the full use of this ruler. So far, the build quality is great!

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