Straight edge for guitar making

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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 01-06-2015 06:44 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2015 06:44 PM

Not sure what material is best or accuracy needed.
Found these candidates.
Worried that a steel one could damage the wood by accident.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 02:15 AM

Are you asking about a straight edge or a fret ruler?

I use a ruler I made myself, mark the fretboard and cut them with a homemade miter box. You don’t need NASA accuracy. In any case, StewMac sells both


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#2 posted 01-11-2015 03:40 AM

I use two actually, for positioning the bridge. I have one
that will stand on edge, about 1/8” thick. Both are 24”
long and made of steel. There are a lot of ways to ding
up a guitar in progress. My steel straightedges haven’t
been a problem.

I have another one 36” long which is an old drafting one
and not very straight. I use it to lay over the nut and saddle
to take a guess at saddle height and action. Actually I
make a wooden dummy nut flat on the top at nut action
height to do this.

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