- Notched Straight Edge for Gibson, Martin and Fender
- Dual Scale
- Short scale for Gibson guitars with 24 ¾” fingerboard
- Long scale for Fender guitars with 25 ½” fingerboard
- 1/8” (2.8mm) thick Stainless Steel
- 16 ½” (420mm) long
- 1 7/16” (36.5mm) wide
A notched straight edge is a handy tool for evaluating the fingerboard straightness before fret leveling. This straight edge is machined from stainless steel of years of dependable use. We personally check each one for straightness before it leaves our shop.
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It does seem like the notched edges are straight. But the corners were sharp with burrs from grinding, and worse yet my piece came with a strong bend along the narrow axis. It is enough to make it difficult to assess the neck relief along a specific string or to assess the severity of a neck twist because the midpoint of the edge is not in the same plane as the ends. I like what PLT is doing for luthiers, but I'm not satisfied with this particular product and wouldn't buy it again.
Good quality tool…works like it’s supposed to .
I love the weight on this, not too sharp to worry about using on expensive fretboards
Takes the guess work out of truss rod adjustments for a dum-dum like me. Cheaper than the equivalent Stew Mac product. No longer need to take my guitars to a pro tech or luthier for minor seasonal adjustments - just the big stuff. Got one for Gibson/Fender, and one for my Jaguar. Worth it for me.
Another product with excellent value.
How to check a neck and set up a guitar? Is the neck twisted? Does it have some back-bow, or too much up-bow, or enough neck relief? Does it have some rising-up or some fall-away? No guitar player should do without a notched straight edge ruler. And it should be used before some levelling too.
Now what about the different surfaces of PLT-S ruler?
_ The notches have been broadly machined, hence some coarse surfaces. But these are of almost no importance: they never touch the fingerboard or the frets. So these surfaces are good enough for the use this tool is intended for.
_ The surfaces of the butt ends are really fine. They will not cut the fingers or the hands.
_ The long flat surfaces have been grinded with a grinding machine. It wasn’t necessary but this probably made it easy for the manufacturer. And this gives a nice feeling when holding this ruler.
_ The surfaces in contact with the fingerboard are of the utmost importance. Here again they have been very finely grinded with a grinding machine (a surface grinder). That was needed and it has been done.
On top of this, I have checked the straightness of this tool with a thick piece of glass. It is straight. So precision is here. This tool isn’t a cheap piece of metal scrap and I definitely recommend this ruler.
As the subject states - the Gibson short scale edge works with PRS and short-scale Gretsch guitars in addition to Fender and Gibson scale guitars.
The ends (not the straight edges) are cut a bit roughly, but otherwise this is a good quality tool.
The quality is great and the price is fair. And most importantly it's straight. I'm very satisfied with it.
As I get more and more involved with setting up and modifying my own guitars, I come to PLS for all my purchases if possible. This is a high quality piece that is priced much more competitively than ~other~ retailers *cough*stewmac*cough*.