String Action Gauge

String Action Gauge

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String Action Gauge

About This Item

Fast, accurate measurements for setups.
Our String Action Gauge is a "Swiss Army Ruler" for setup adjustments on any stringed instrument.

This pocket-size stainless steel rule has become a luthier's favorite in busy shops. It's the best way yet to get vital measurements on acoustic and electric instruments.
• String height
• Bridge saddle height
• Saddle slot depth
• Fret slot depth (unbound fingerboards)
• Nut height
• Pickup polepiece height


No more "three-and-a-half-64ths or 3/32" plus one of those little lines." This gauge measures in ways that regular rulers can't.
—Dan Erlewine

Developed here at Stewart-MacDonald by Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie, the gauge features a progressive string height scale: simply slide it across the frets and read the measurement under the string. It's faster to use than any ruler, and stays parallel to the fingerboard—much easier than trying to hold a ruler perpendicular to a rounded fret.

StewMac's String Action Gauge has two models (sold separately) for measuring in inches or millimeters. The string height markers are graduated from .010" to .140" on the inch model, and from 0.25mm to 3.50mm on the metric version.

The back of the gauge has a time-saving fractional/decimal/metric conversion chart.

The String Action Gauge is made of durable stainless steel with precision-etched markings, and fits right in your pocket.

Tip: You can use the gauge to set router depth, instead of a shop ruler. It sits solidly on your router base, with the scale right where you need it.

Video

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 Action Gauge

How to determine string action with the String Action Gauge.

Metric String Action Gauge

How to determine string action with the Metric String Action Gauge.

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5.0

Pleasant surprise

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Verified Buyer


This is much easier to use than I thought it would be, even with my old eyes. Glad I bought it.

4.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


A much needed tool for any luthier. Far too expensive though.

5.0

String action gauge

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Verified Buyer


These little gauges are very finely manufactured and very precise. The markings are excellent and easily visible to gauge string height above the fretboard. I bought the gauge in inches and the metric gauge. The steel is thin but strong and very precisely finished. They do the job very well.

5.0

String action gauge

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Verified Buyer


In the past I used a set of automotive feeler gauges to set or check the action, very time consuming. Not anymore, this new tool is easy to use and makes the action setting a piece of cake, thank you for providing useful tools to improve and simplify action setup.....peace!!!

5.0

One of my most precious tools!

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Verified Buyer


When it comes to doing set ups , neck resets and about everything else you want to be precise about. This tool is invaluable to me. I lost it for a while(because its the size of a business card) and bought a generic on off of amazon thinking it would be the same. It was not. The stewmac Gauge is so clear and easy to read at a glance, particularly when measuring string height at the first fret. Helpful Note: I taped mine off and painted red racing stripes on each side so it would not be so easily lost. I also drilled a hole in the middle so I can hang it on a nail right above my bench since I use it all the time.

5.0

String Height Gauge

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Verified Buyer


Well made and features clear, fine, easy to read markings. StewMac shipping was quick and nicely packaged.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


Really handy and easy to use! Better than trying to use a ruler Easy to read. Makes setup and maintenance so much easier!

4.0

A tool fit to it's purpose

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Verified Buyer


This is just an all around set up tool. Works well for what it is. It is a little hard to read but when you are dealing in .010 of an inch that is to be expected. It is a personal use tool and I would definitely by it again.

5.0

String action guage

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Verified Buyer


One of the most useful set-up tools ever!....

5.0

Clever Device

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Verified Buyer


Although I have not used my string action gauge yet, I can say that it is very well conceived and made, and looks like it will be quite useful.

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