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Buying gauges from stewmac - English or metric?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by hags2k, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. hags2k

    hags2k Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Im looking at getting a gauge, specifically this one. Not sure if it even makes a difference since units can be converted, but I wondered if there's an advantage one way or the other. I'll be using them to set up fender and fender-style basses. Normally I'd just go metric, but I've seen a decent amount of documentation with suggested measurements in fractions of an inch, so I thought I'd check before buying. I'd rather not buy both since they're a bit pricey and I won't use it that often.
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    i wouldn't know what to do with the metric one. (my USA bias i guess, if i were a tech in japan or germany it might be the opposite situation.)
     
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  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Same here. I'd buy whatever set was in the format I was most familiar with, then convert if needed. If you're getting info from TB, about everything here is in SAE measurement, not metric.
     
  5. TC424

    TC424

    Jun 24, 2010
    Holtwood, PA
    I have one of those. I believe it's SAE. The important thing is on the back it has a conversion table of inches into decimal places and into metric. IE 1/4" = .250 inches = 2cm. Those numbers I plucked from the air. Math gurus, please ignore.
     
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I've got one in SAE as well, but if I were living in a place that used the metric system as a standard I'd go with that one.
     
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Whatever you're comfortable working in and whatever you're getting recommended measurements in. I tend to use metric but the Fender setup guides, for example, give both imperial and metric.
     
  8. hags2k

    hags2k Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    That's the thing - In my mind I am very comfortable with centimeters and milimeters, but I've gotten a lot of info in SAE units.

    Still, I think I'll go with metric. Even though I'm in the US, for small distances I can "see" mm and cm without thinking about it, but I've really no idea about fractions of an inch without a ruler.
     
  9. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I know what you mean. In the UK we operate with a strangr mixture of the two measurements. For long distances I think in miles, for weight it's usually pounds, for height it's feet and inches but for precise distances I think in cm and mm as they seem better suited to small measures than tiny fractions of an inch. That's just my brain though. YBMV.
     
  10. hags2k

    hags2k Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2010
    I'm right there with you. I think of miles per hour, my weight in pounds, and if you ask my height, i'll say 5'10". But mm make a lot more sense to me for distances at that scale.
     
  11. +1 I picked up the one with inches. Most of the specs I have
    seen are in inches.
     



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