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It’s not your fault but

Post by TallDad71 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:59 pm

Why has no one ever mentioned this tool before?

Just bought a thicknessing wedge, about $60, link below, to replace my stew Mac feeler gauges. For decades I have been lifting feelers up in different combinations to ascertain string clearances over frets to complete setups but no more.

Now I simply wedge up to the plucked string until it stops ringing and read off the distance.

Has anyone used this themselves, why didn’t you shout about them I wonder?

YUCHENGTECH Wedge Feeler Gauge
https://www.amazon.com.au/YUCHENGTECH-T ... B07F8RW913
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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by mooshalah » Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:03 am

Yeah,

I've wondered this myself. I thought to buy one the other day (here in Melbourne), but the cheapest I could find (in a shop) was around $230, so I gave up the idea!

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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by TallDad71 » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:53 am

$230 sounds a bit steep. Mine was £34, which, because of BrexiDIOTS, is probably close to $34 now


Glad to see there are cheaper alternatives Trevor.
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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by Jim watts » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:12 pm

You can also make your own for about 10 cents.
You can get as accurate as want by by making it longer and using a shallow angle.
After cutting the wedge I just measured it with my dial caliper and marked it.
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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by TallDad71 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:41 pm

Show off! 😀🤣😝

It’s another simple but great idea. I may just make another one that’s a little shorter and just does measurements in the range I need for string clearances.
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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by mooshalah » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:23 am

Aww,

I made a mistake!

https://www.bscindustrial.com.au/taper-gauge-0.3-4mm

The taper gauge I looked at was priced at $282.76. It seems that they must have been "flying out the window" at that price, because there are now none left!

I KNEW I should have bought one while I had the chance.

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Re: It’s not your fault but

Post by simonm » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:21 pm

For those in Europe this well known Berlin based shop https://www.fine-tools.com/messkeil.html (Dieter Schmidt) has a variety of gauges including the one Trevor mentioned @ 10.95 Euros incl vat. and a slightly cheaper version of the same one in ABS. There is also a Starrett gauge more like Jim's for 99 euros. However it maxes out at 4mm.

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