Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

D'Addario String Height Gauge

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

D'Addario String Height Gauge

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You don't have to be the kind of person who loves working on guitars to find a lot of uses for D'Addario's new String Height Gauge. Sure, luthiers will probably want one in the toolbox, but even players who don't know a fret file from a nail file might find this tool handy for diagnosing a problem or discovering why one guitar might feel more comfortable to play that another does.

About the same size as a credit card, the String Height Gauge ($14 MSRP; $10 MAP) has both metric and US measurements etched onto a stainless steel plate. String heights are lined up along the long edge of the front and are measured in ten-thousandths of an inch and millimeters. Height measurements are easy to make-just lay the gauge on the top of the 12th fret and measure to the bottom of the string. The markings on the short and long edges can also be used to work out other setup aspects, such as neck relief or string spacing. …

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