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Setup tools - Inches or Metric?

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Nov 9, 2018 - 8:13:51 AM
1024 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

11452 posts since 8/30/2006

Both.

Nov 9, 2018 - 8:54:49 AM

Mooooo

USA

4717 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

10461 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

1024 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

11452 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.

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