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Setup tools - Inches or Metric?

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Nov 9, 2018 - 8:13:51 AM
1044 posts since 1/31/2011

I have many stringed instruments and want to start doing some basic setup and luthery (fret dressing, bridge, truss rod adjustment) on my lesser instruments. I see gauges and tools from suppliers in both inches and metric. Which is used generally in the trade if talking shop with others?

Thanks

Edited by - Disco Kid on 11/09/2018 08:14:25

Nov 9, 2018 - 8:42:09 AM
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Helix

USA

11787 posts since 8/30/2006

Both.

Nov 9, 2018 - 8:54:49 AM

Mooooo

USA

6164 posts since 8/20/2016

There's two places in the world that make banjo parts. The US and everywhere else. Figure out where your parts were made and choose appropriately. Chances are you will need both.

Edited by - Mooooo on 11/09/2018 09:00:31

Nov 9, 2018 - 1:14:47 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

10542 posts since 6/29/2003

Ditto that. Being a 'metric' country here (New Zealand), there are both Asian made (metric) instruments and USA/British (Imperial) here. I do a lot of repairs and setups on both so need both. I also have a selection of US threads nuts and bolts for those occasions where I need it.

Nov 10, 2018 - 3:15 AM

1044 posts since 1/31/2011

Thanks. It's more for guitars. The banjo rarely needs anything.

Nov 10, 2018 - 6:49:35 AM
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Helix

USA

11787 posts since 8/30/2006

I use a metric and decimal conversion chart. there are some things that measure more accurately in mm than in inches. I use 5mm side dots, I think the 11/64" drill is 5.1mm. One of them is, but it makes it so much easier to inlay 5mm that way, rather than a 5mm drill that's too tight. Be prepared to use yer noggin.

for Moooooooooo, sure, but all my cello clamps are not metric, nor SAE, but f'g Wentworth from England. I use cello clamps for my neck sled to cut pegheads and such. That's how I found that out.

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:55:06 PM

pickin_fool

Canada

2415 posts since 6/30/2017

if you can afford tools in both metric and standard..get them..for me..i would rather work in standard..thats what i grew up using..thankfully with the job i had as a toolmaker, some of the engineering and design people still thought in terms of standard and as such some of our working drawings came to us with standard measurements..i..like several others...used to convert our metric drawings to standard before the toolbits touched any metal..

lol..when canada switched over to metric our govt assisted a lot of trades people in their conversion to metric tools...my micrometers were all digital readout so no rebate allowed..the funniest thing i got a rebate on was adjustable wrenches..duh..

use whatever you are comfortable with

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:59:03 PM

pickin_fool

Canada

2415 posts since 6/30/2017

helix...do you mean whitworth instead of wentworth?...

my bike..a triumph...was caught in the middle of the british crossover from going to whitworth to metric..total pain in the butt

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:16:26 PM

1597 posts since 2/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by pickin_fool

helix...do you mean whitworth instead of wentworth?...

my bike..a triumph...was caught in the middle of the british crossover from going to whitworth to metric..total pain in the butt


I've seen a lot of buggered/damaged fasteners on British stuff from people trying to use metric on whitworth and Philips on Pozidriv. 

Nov 17, 2018 - 3:59:25 PM
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Helix

USA

11787 posts since 8/30/2006

Yes, I mean Whitworth, I had no money and a used little English car one time. Just killed me working on it.

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:30:12 PM

pickin_fool

Canada

2415 posts since 6/30/2017

i lucked out at work one day...i worked for hawker-siddely here..they made 1400 hurricanes here for ww2..anyway fast forward to the late 70s..me and another guy got orders to clean out the old tool crib there..it was no longer in use...what did i find you ask?...every whitworth wrench ever made plus an assortment of taps, dies and thread chasers..one requisition form later and they were in my grubby little hands...hehe...

fyi...whitworth was commonly referred to as british-witless..just sayin

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