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Discussion in 'Musicians' started by Mr Henry, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Mr Henry

    Mr Henry (Banned or Deleted)

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    G'day...

    Can anyone let me know if I'm forgetting anything? I'm trying to assemble a set of tools to do setups of acoustic guitars (and electric)...I think I'll need:

    1. A straight edge ruler
    2. A proper ruler/ gauge to measure string height
    3. A decent tuner
    4. A radius ruler
    5. Perhaps a fret crowner
    6. Sandpaper
    7. some kind of file
    8. those little slider files you slide under the string to measure action

    My aim is to be able to maintain my guitars so that I don't have to take them to some dude and get charged like a wounded bull. All my guitars are in decent shape, I just want the tools to be able to DIY.

    And by the way...anybody know a place in Brisbane you can buy these kinds of dedicated guitar tools?

    thanks
     
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  3. Blackstar1099

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    This is probably my most useful tool for setups:
    http://luthierssupplies.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=2026

    The graduated marks make it real easy to set saddle heights to match the fretboard radius. I don't bother with radius gauges. I start at around 1.5mm at the treble side and then blend into around 2mm at the bass side.

    I also find a fret rocker useful for finding troublesome high frets:
    http://luthierssupplies.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=162_93_841&products_id=2245

    Although if you know a machinist you could get one of these knocked up for far less than the asking price.
     
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    Mr Henry

    Mr Henry (Banned or Deleted)

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    Thanks fellas, will have a look at those links at some stage today

    :thumbup:
     
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    Might be a bit late but stewmac.com is awesome with reasonable postage.
     
  6. Blackstar1099

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    The amount of money I've spent at Stewmac is downright obscene. :D
     
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    Stewmac....nice one...

    The mount of money I've spent on music production over the last 8 years is obscene...it really is.

    I just picked up a Neumann u87 ai yesterday for 2k

    It had been a display model in a shop for 2 years.
     

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