# Tools

Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Cure Super Thin
Bob Smith Industries™ Insta-Cure™ Super Thin Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Insta-Cure™ has a water-thin viscosity that wicks deep into joints by capillary action and cures in a matter of a few seconds (1-3 sec.). Surfaces to be bonded must be tight fitting (no visible gaps) and should be held together or clamped while you apply the CA around the edges of the seam. For glue applications with small gaps or looser fitting joints the higher viscosity Insta-Cure+™ is recommended.
• Water-thin consistency
• 1-3 second cure time
• For tight fitting applications
• Available in 1oz. and 2oz. sizes

WARNING: These products are eye and respiratory irritants. Product can bond skin instantly. Keep away from children!
Starting at $5.50 Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Cure Gap Filling Bob Smith Industries™ Insta-Cure+™ Medium Gap Filling Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Insta-Cure+™ is a higher viscosity CA for loose fitting joints in which the adhesive must bridge gaps or the parts to be glued don’t fit perfectly. Medium viscosity super glue is the most common glue used in many luthiery applications due to it’s cure time and viscosity. Recommended for binding repair and small poly finish touch ups. Normally, the thicker CA is applied to one surface and then the parts are held tightly together for about 5 to 15 seconds. For large surface areas, including those with close fitting joints such as laminations, INSTA-CURE+ ™ should also be used. To prevent premature curing, don’t spread the glue into a thin film. Lay down a serpentine bead with about 1" separations on one surface, then assemble the parts, letting the pressure spread the CA out. To speed up curing time use the Insta-Set accelerator! Starting at$5.50
Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Maxi-Cure Extra Thick
Bob Smith Industries ™ Maxi Cure ™ Extra Thick Gap Filling Cyanoacrylate. A must have for luthiers! Maxi Cure ™ is the highest viscosity CA we have available and is great for extreme gap filling and finish fills. It can be carved with a knife or razor blade and sanded and feathered to form a finish which makes it great for chip repairs. The extra thick viscosity of Maxi Cure ™ also allows longer repositioning time than other glues (10-25 sec.) Apply Maxi Cure ™ in a coil pattern to one of the parts to be glued, spread glue evenly, then assemble parts. Hold or clamp firmly for 30-60 seconds. To speed up curing time use the Insta-Set accelerator! (S-F506)
Starting at $5.50 Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Set Foam, Pump Spray Bob Smith Industries INSTA-SET™ CA (super glue) Accelerator. INSTA-SET™ is a catalyst which acts as an accelerator that allows CAs to quickly cure in thick layers by enhancing the alkaline conditions during polymerization. INSTA-SET™ in a spray bottle is normally used to cure the CA that flows from joints when parts are pressed together. Applying an additional bead of thick CA along a seam and then curing it with INSTA-SET™ significantly enhances a joint’s strength. For difficult to bond materials, INSTA-SET™ can be applied to one surface and CA to the opposite surface. When brought together, they will bond instantly. INSTA-SET™ is formulated with a strawberry scent and activates CA in 6 to 8 seconds without any degrading of the CAs strength, which can occur with many other accelerators. It is compatible with all surfaces, even clear plastic and white foam. • Convenient pump spray (2oz. Starting at$5.95
Adhesive - Bob Smith Industries, Extender Tip for Glue
Package of 6
Bob Smith Industries ™ Extender Tip for CA glues. This extender tip can be used with all viscosities (Thin,Medium,Extra Thick) of cyanoacrylate that we offer from Bob Smith Industries™ and is compatible with both available sizes (1oz and 2oz) Extender tips can help you reach difficult spaces and control the flow of glue for more precise application.
• Helps focus glue stream
• Works with all three CA glue viscosities
• Package of 6
Starting at $5.95 String Action Gauge - Measurement Tool A stainless steel pocket-sized String Action Gauge that's perfect for obtaining quick and accurate action measurements for acoustic and electric instruments. A must have in a busy repair shop! Measurements taken using this gauge include: • Saddle height/slot depth • String height • Nut height/slot depth • Pickup pole piece height/string to pole piece distance • Fret slot depth(unbound fingerboards only) Plus more! The back includes a useful fraction/metric/decimal conversion chart that saves you time. Available in metric or in imperial models (sold individually)$16.95
Understring Radius Gauges - 9 Sizes, for Saddle Adjustments
Package of 9
Our low profile aluminum understring radius gauges have a precision radiused top and bottom for accurate measurement. The slim shape allows you to take measurements of several radii without removing the strings on your guitar.
• Obtain accurate measurements of your instrument's fretboard radius using the bottom radius of the gauge. The bottom radius can also be used to set pickup polepiece height to the string radius.
• Use the top radius of this gauge to determine the proper height adjustment for the bridge saddles.
• The following gauges are included in this set: 7.25" 9.5" 10" 12" 14" 15" 16" 17" 20"
$14.00 String Spacing Ruler - Steel Get accurate string spacing without the use of complicated tools with this easy-to-use String Spacing Ruler. "Mark outer string locations with pencil lines (high and low E strings on guitars), usually about 1/8" in from fingerboard edges. Turn ruler over (use marked side). With wide spacing toward bass side, narrow spacing toward treble side, find group of marks (six for guitar) which best fit your two pencil lines. Use a razor knife or thin mechanical pencil to mark the string positions through the ruler's slots.$19.95
Wrench - Steel, Multi-Spanner, for guitar components
A small, easily-portable tool designed for quick adjustments of various instrument parts (including nuts and thumb wheels), from potentiometers and pickup switches to tuning machines. One end is designed for loosening, the other is designed for tightening. The device has been chamfered and polished to avoid damage to your instrument when used.
$9.00 Fingerboard Guards - 2 Sizes, for protecting frets Package of 2 Designed to protect the fingerboard when doing work on your frets. These shields are indispensable when doing any sort of fret work. Being only .010” thick they can bend to accommodate and fingerboard radius. Made of 304 spring stainless steel. Comes with 2 sizes: 3-1/8" x 7/8" x .010" - 1/4 inch protection on either side of the fret, 3-1/8"" x 0.59" x .010"" - 3/8 inch protection on either side of the fret$4.25
Fret Puller - Narrow Jaws, for removing frets
A specialized tool for cleanly pulling out frets. The narrow jaws are designed specifically to allow for a clean grip on frets. The special flush ground 1/2" jaws can easily bite the frets without fretboard damaging.
$7.95 Feeler Gauge - 20 Sizes, for measuring gaps / clearance Package of 20 This precise set of 20 feeler gauges in the luthier's workshop can perform a wide variety of functions to measuring with string action to measuring the correct nut slot depths, fret slot width, string to fret clearances, and other hardware installation work, these ground steel feeler gauges are marked in both metric and imperial measurements for easy use.$8.25
Notched Straightedge - 16.5" x 1.5", Stainless Steel, Satin
The notched straight edge is a must have on any luthier’s bench for evaluating the straightness of your fret board while avoiding frets that may have seen better days.It’s made of satin stainless steel so cleaning off any markings made with a pencil is a breeze!
One side is marked Long Scale Guitar for use with Fender, Martin, Gibson long scale guitars plus others.
The opposite side is marked Short Scale Guitar for use with Gibson’s shorter scale as well as Dobro and PRS guitars plus others.
$29.95 Fret / Fingerboard Leveler - for checking frets Fast, accurate leveling tools for the pro shop. This heavyweight steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on the narrow sides. Attach abrasive to quickly level frets or unfretted fingerboards. Each heavyweight rectangular 1" x 2" steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on two opposite sides. The tool's edges are smooth to prevent gouging. Starting at$11.95
Fret File - Diamond, offset, for dressing and shaping frets
Diamond fret file with offset shape for more comfortable fret dressing and improved clearance over the guitar body at high frets. Both full length concave filing grooves (for medium and wide fretwire) uniformly coated with micro industrial diamond particle.
Starting at $66.95 Nut Files - Double Edge, for guitars, 3 sizes Package of 3 Double edge nut files featuring popular guitar gauges specially designed for slotting nuts. Each set of files is specifically designed for guitars of a particular type. This set of three files will cover the work of six and cuts a smooth round bottom slot. Always try and use a file gauge that’s not more than a couple thousandths larger than the gauge of string you are using. Smaller files can be used to create wider slots by using a side-to-side movement while cutting. • 4” cutting edge • Set of 3 files • Made In Japan Starting at$59.95
Nut File - Edge-Cut, for guitars
Edge cut nut files in popular gauges specially designed for slotting nuts. These files cut a smooth, round bottom slot. Also great for slotting tune-o-matic bridge saddles! Always try and use a file gauge that’s not more than a couple thousandths larger than the gauge of string you are using. Smaller files can be used to create wider slots by using a side-to-side movement while cutting.
• 4.5” cutting edge
• Double sided (both sides are the same gauge)
• 10 gauges available
• Sold individually*
• Made In Japan

*See S-T213-SET for a set of all 10 sizes.
Starting at $11.50 Nut File - Edge-Cut, for guitar, 10 sizes Package of 10 Edge cut nut files in popular gauges specially designed for slotting nuts. These files cut a smooth, round bottom slot. Also great for slotting tune-o-matic bridge saddles! Always try and use a file gauge that’s not more than a couple thousandths larger than the gauge of string you are using. Smaller files can be used to create wider slots by using a side-to-side movement while cutting. • 4-1/2” cutting edge • Double sided (both sides are the same gauge) • Set of 10 files • Made In Japan Set contains one of each size: • 0.010" • 0.013" • 0.016" • 0.024" • 0.028" • 0.032" • 0.036" • 0.042" • 0.046" • 0.056"$119.95
Fret Files - for Filing Fret Crowns
Solid steel crowning files with dual cutting edges for precision fret crowning. These should be in any luthier’s tool kit!
• Made of solid steel
• Soft rubber coating on the handle
• Double sided (both sides are the same size)
• 4-3/16” cutting surface
• Available in three sizes to cover most fret sizes (small,medium,large)
Starting at $28.95 Fret File - for Filing Fret Ends, pencil shape Made in Japan. File specially designed for fret end work. Used for rounding fret ends and deburring. Size small = 1 mm for small frets. Size medium = 2 mm for medium frets. Size large= 3 mm for large frets.$34.25
Fret File - for Fret Leveling
For filing straight across multiple frets to ensure that they are level.
$17.75 Saddle File - for Acoustic Guitar Saddle Slots File for use in filing the saddle of acoustic guitars. Available in 2mm or 3mm options.$12.75
File Set - for Nut And Saddle Shaping
Package of 3
Set of files for control over shaping nuts and saddles.
• Half-round shape
• Flat shape
• Triangle shape
$57.00 File Set - Standard, 5 types Package of 5 Set of files for precision work. Includes: • flat • half round • round • square • three square (i.e. triangular) Starting at$15.20
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