Have any of you used this to lower the action?

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Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by LBrandt » Mon May 22, 2017 12:46 pm

This is an expensive tool to lower action, but it looks interesting.

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by bacsidoan » Mon May 22, 2017 1:43 pm

For a busy luthier, it's probably worth it because it can save him/her time to do other things. I'm not one of them but do have a few guitars. For a clumsy guy like me, this tool minimizes the chance for mistake and makes adjustment of nut and saddle a breeze.

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Post by souldier » Mon May 22, 2017 2:11 pm

Haven't used it, but it looks like an excellent tool that would make the process a lot faster with less room for error. For me though I don't do this adjustment often enough to justify the price tag. I have lowered the action of a good amount of saddles, but I've just done it free hand without issue. You just need to make sure you sand evenly when doing free hand.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by Jim Frieson » Mon May 22, 2017 2:22 pm

Now that is one nifty little machine . One of those times where the well heeled stainless steel gardening tool set is ahead of me .
But for the price I would buy it .

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by LBrandt » Mon May 22, 2017 2:56 pm

My only question would be, how do you make sure that the bottom of the saddle extends the same amount, all the way across the bottom of the device?

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by robin loops » Mon May 22, 2017 3:53 pm

I just put them in a $20 vise from the hardware store. It doesn't have wheels but rather than move the vise I sand across the top of the vise and it makes the bottom of the saddle perfectly square. This seems like an excessive expense but perhaps worth it for someone that makes a lot of saddles.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by jim watts » Mon May 22, 2017 4:02 pm

This tool is more appropriate for initial fitting of the saddle imo, as bone saddle blanks can be pretty far from square when you get them. I always lower the action from the top of the saddle, as different string often need varying amounts of adjustment. But lowering the whole saddle obviously works.

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by Chris.Conery » Mon May 22, 2017 4:03 pm

It looks like a nice tool for thicknessing the saddle, but for lowering action it seems excessive. It's so easy to do freehand and it is unnecessary, even (some say) undesirable, to have a square bottom to the saddle.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by LBrandt » Mon May 22, 2017 6:45 pm

LBrandt wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 12:46 pm
This is an expensive tool to lower action, but it looks interesting.

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by SteveL123 » Mon May 22, 2017 6:58 pm

LBrandt wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 6:45 pm
LBrandt wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 12:46 pm
This is an expensive tool to lower action, but it looks interesting.

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Sorry. Please excuse.
I just went to the FAQ page and searched for the word "commercial" but it was not found. What are the rules governing what links are allowed/ not allowed?
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by Keith » Mon May 22, 2017 11:24 pm

Good question. Moderators: Can one say StewMac but not enter a link to Stew Mac or does one have to say "The place where Mac can but some Stew?

Looks like a cool tool but the price is pretty steep. A fixed piece of wood or metal (fence) to keep the saddle from tilting is easily done. Gripping the saddle with fingernails is tough though and having something that clamps onto the bone (or ivory) is a nice feature. I would image it would be easy to make a clamping device as well.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Mon May 22, 2017 11:39 pm

Looks like a very good and interesting tool! I am looking to have my action lowered and I am just thinking if I should bring my guitar in to a luthier to have it done for me or should I just clamp the saddle myself and sand across the bottom of it and lower it myself? Great post though, thank you!

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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by hesson11 » Mon May 22, 2017 11:43 pm

When I adjust a saddle, I usually remove a bit of knuckle along with saddle material, klutz that I am. This tool might come in quite handy.
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by vesa » Tue May 23, 2017 5:43 am

Is this tool essentially faster than sandpaper glued on flat surface, a vernier caliber and a try square?
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Re: Have any of you used this to lower the action?

Post by John higgon » Tue May 23, 2017 6:45 am

robin loops wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 3:53 pm
I just put them in a $20 vise from the hardware store. It doesn't have wheels but rather than move the vise I sand across the top of the vise and it makes the bottom of the saddle perfectly square. This seems like an excessive expense but perhaps worth it for someone that makes a lot of saddles.
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