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Offline mopar

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Recommend an action gauge
« on: July 15, 2021, 10:00:58 am »
I want an action guage rather than a steel rule to make setting my action as easy as possible.

However, perusing the offerings on Amazon, every one seems to have several reviews saying the markings aren't accurate.

Are there any that actually measure correctly or should I just stick to a steel ruler?

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Re: Recommend an action gauge
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 01:20:01 pm »
Does it need to be accurate?

Unless you are setting up for other people, you only need to know which marks match your preference.

The actual millimeters or 64ths are less important.

Get a cheap one, cross reference to the ruler you have and mark the few you are going to use.


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Re: Recommend an action gauge
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2021, 02:59:00 pm »
That is a fair point I guess.  In the end I've ordered a D'Addario one for £10 which seems to get decent reviews and a new Draper steel rule for £2, so between them I should be set.

The action on my Affinity is currently over 3mm (roughly as I have no measure yet) so to be honest anything will be an improvement.

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Re: Recommend an action gauge
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2021, 04:08:37 pm »
Picked up one of these from amazon.fr a few weeks back. Around 9 quid sterling. Seems accurate from what I can tell but still needed me reading glasses as the font is tiny. But hey that's the same for everything these days.

https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B07GJGWPX6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Needed to lower the string and adjust the pup height on my pimped Affinity, as I only did a rough set up when it was rebuilt with its Iron Gear HSH config a few years back.

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Re: Recommend an action gauge
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 01:43:48 pm »
I agree with Jamolay; I got a cheap one with 32nds and 64ths from my local hardware store to get an idea of what the action is, but really if it buzzes then it means it too low for that guitar.

That's only my preference of course, I know people who prefer to keep some buzz to have very low action.

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Re: Recommend an action gauge
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2021, 05:11:28 pm »
My only advice is get a metric one. PWorking with 9/32nds and 11/64ths will do your head in.

It'll be cool when America joins the rest of the world's maths system.
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