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Is this an adequate caliper/micrometer to measure string gauges?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by ZackyDog, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    I'm pretty sure that the meter needs to display 1/1000 of an inch, so that a 10 gauge string will read as .010 on the LCD.

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  2. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Yes that will be perfect.
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  3. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Doesn't have to be super nice. I have a fairly inexpensive one and it's invaluable. And no, they don't read .10 because they're far from perfect or consistent.
  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    So you are saying that yours can't distinguish a .010 from an .011 string?
  5. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    Mine does, i use it for all sorts of things. It will measure a hair.
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  6. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Sorry Vista
    Admin Post
    That should be more than adequate.
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  7. emitex

    emitex Synchromatic

    Aug 21, 2014
    I seem to have a very similar one, or the same one but branded as Vastar. It should be fine ZackyDog. I'm just an amateur, but it does the job for me!



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  8. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is more than fine for woodwork, and fine for strings. I actually use guitar strings to quickly check for accuracy once in a while on mine, which looks similar. It won’t ever meet DIN standards, you’ll want to get a nice Starrett for that. It’s shifty on the 0.010 to o.011 reading, but that’s why I check across the entire string set to be sure. Also, it’s matters how you hold it and use it, ambient temperature and all that. Bottom line: you’re good.
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  9. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    Jan 19, 2017
    Yes it works for that.
  10. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Use digital calipers/ micrometers at work, they are quite acurate, have analog ones at home but bever put a string to them.
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  11. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    It will be just fine.
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  12. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2011
    Central ON Can
    just make sure you re-zero every time!
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  13. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Not at all. I'm saying it will be .0102 or .0094. And when you put it to tension, it definitely changes. I'm sure there's a typical change after tension for a given scale length.
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  14. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I have a cheaper set and a high end Mitutoyo set. Both are accurate for string thickness as long as I reset to zero for each measurement with the cheaper ones. When I compared them I got a 1/1000 variance from each sometimes but more often than not I got the same reading.
  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Starting to feel like I'm a dinosaur here but I prefer the dial gauge versions. Had a few of the digital versions and realized they don't like freezing very much. Hate batteries in just about everything.
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  16. scooterguitar

    scooterguitar Electromatic

    Dec 3, 2008
    SHould Be.
    I went through doing such a thing several years ago. I was experimenting with various gauges of strings on Guitars with open tunings, swapping singles out at random. Used calipers to help me figure out the winning custom gauges...lost interest and just played!
  17. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I just read what it says on the packet.
  18. panhead6zero

    panhead6zero Gretschie

    Jan 17, 2015
    The Motor City
    You may want to consider a "dial" type. No batteries required. Cause the time will come when you want to use them and they are DARK! Seriously though, I use calipers at work and dials are great.
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  19. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I was OK with it till I saw that it comes from Harbor Freight. For the price, it's probably fine.
  20. TW4990

    TW4990 Gretschie

    Aug 20, 2016
    Sydney Australia
    You beat me to that one.
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