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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.


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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

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


This tool made string spacing pretty much foolproof when making new nuts. Helped me get the string spacing perfect on both acoustic and electric guitars.
Definitely worth the price.

5.0

So much time saved

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Verified Buyer


This rule makes nuts way quicker to make, the result is also better than the regular compass way.
A little bit expensive, but as usual with StewMac, it'll last for years if it's not for decades !
Totally worth it.

5.0

Finally a thief can retire

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I used to go to my favorite guitar store and make spacing templates from really fine guitar nuts using a pencil and the back of a business card. This ruler means I can retire my business cards.

5.0

This is a very useful tool.  I'd call it a must have for any tech or luthier.

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Verified Buyer


Of course you can use this for making new nuts and saddles, but by far, I've used it most for checking the string spacing on the setups I've been doing for clients. Shockingly, the string spacing at the saddle has been off over and over again for many of the cheaper guitars coming into my shop. It's been useful for me to identify the "off" strings so I can correct them.

5.0

String Spacing Spectacular

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Verified Buyer


This rad ruler makes string spacing simple!

5.0

Great for string spacing, considering Low E is much larger in diameter than High E

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Verified Buyer


Very helpful when setting up new net

5.0

Very handy tool

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Verified Buyer


Typical excellent StewMac quality.

5.0

Very Easy to Use

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Verified Buyer


I had previously spaced the grooves for saddles and nuts manually and it was a tedious process. This string spacing rule will really cut down the time for future jobs. I checked some of my previous work with this string spacing rule and found that the spacing is consistent between the two approaches. It is just quicker and less prone to error when using this string spacing rule.

5.0

Works kinda like a ruler, but it's not!

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Verified Buyer


Depending on how you look at it, some spaces are bigger, some are smaller.

5.0

indispensable

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Verified Buyer


No way I could have gotten the spacing right on the "lightning" stop tailpiece without it!

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