NO MEASURING OR SQUINTING NEEDED - REQUIRES LISTENING ONLY!
Guitar String Action Height at the 12th fret for a 6-string electric guitar is typically 1.5mm at High 'E' rising to 2.0mm at Low 'E'. This is generally considered as providing good tone with medium finger strength required for playing. This gauge allows the action to be quickly and precisely set to the above values without any requirement for additional measuring tools.
Final action on the instrument should be determined by the guitar, its tone and playing technique. From the initial setting, the string height can be adjusted up or down to suit playing requirements.
SETTING THE INITIAL STRING ACTION:
Simple to use!: Insert the gauge underneath the strings at the 12th fret and lower the bridge/saddles until the strings are muted.
ADJUSTING THE STRING ACTION:
To lower the action: Move the gauge to the 13th fret and re-adjust the saddles/bridge until the strings are muted again.
To raise the action: Move the gauge to the 11th fret and re-adjust the saddles/bridge until the notes are audible again.
It is possible to set a combination of these i.e: Plain/Treble strings set with lower action and Bass/Roundwound strings set with higher action.
SETTING THE PICKUP HEIGHTS:
After setting the string action, the gauge can be used to set the pick up heights.
Place the gauge on top of the pick up poles and adjust the pick up height until the strings contact the gauge with the last fret position fretted.
Five guitar gauge options are available:
15" *(Suitable for 14" to 17" radius)
20" *(Suitable for 18" to 20" radius)
Please see Guitar String Action & Neck Relief page for a detailed description of use.
(Please note the tool is not suitable for use on a Bass Guitar).
GUITAR STRING ACTION SETTING GAUGE
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