Tools

Heat Sink - dissipate heat during soldering
Temporary Heat Sink. Absorb & dissipate heat during soldering/desoldering sensitive parts. Made in Taiwan.
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Solder wick - GC Braid, multiple sizes
5 foot long desoldering braid. Great for removing solder from printed circuit boards or other electronic equipment.
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Tolex Glue - Brush-on adhesive for applying tolex
Brush-on adhesive ideal for applying tolex. Cleans up with soap and water. No nasty solvents required. Does not stretch or shrink the vinyl. Comes in quarts or gallons. Specifications: Tolex Glue is a non-flammable, Neoprene based, water borne adhesive formulated to bond tolex and vinyl to wood and wood based substrates. Min. use temp: 45°F Freezes at 32°F and lower Shelf Life: 6 Months Directions: Surfaces to be bonded must be clean. Apply a very thin coat to both surfaces. Very porous surfaces may require more than one coat. Second coat should not be applied until first has dried. Allow to 'flash off' for 20-30 minutes. Cloudy areas indicate incomplete drying. This time can be shortened with forced air and/or heat. Position pieces carefully prior to bringing surfaces together as bond is made instantly.
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StripBoard - Single Sided, 3.04” x 1.55”, Vintage Spacing
Colors Available:
Stripboard featuring a 0.15” vintage spacing. This spacing is great for vintage-style builds and more easily accommodates axial capacitors and other larger sized vintage parts like resistors and transistors. The board has a 20x10 grid (10 strips) and easily fits into 1590BB style enclosures and larger vintage-style fuzz enclosures. Each strip is HASL coated making soldering easier than most protoboards and also ensures a long shelf life. Features:
  • High-quality 1.6mm FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board
  • 1oz/ft2 copper weight
  • HASL coated strips
  • 20 x 10 holes (10 strips)
  • 3.04” x 1.55”
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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 damaging the fretboard.
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Solder - Kester, 60 / 40, 44 Flux, 1 lb spool
60/40 Rosin Core, 1 lb Spool, contains lead alloy. Kester 44 Rosin Flux is an activated rosin formula for use in flux-cored solder wire. Kester 44 Rosin Flux has virtually dominated the field of activated rosin core solders for well over four decades. An outstanding performance feature of this flux is the “instant-action” wetting behavior.
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Tool - Precision Devices, Lead Former, Various Sizes
High quality, made in USA lead formers. These are great tools for bending component leads to fit various footprints. The radiused ends provide a right angle bend that does not stress the metal lead. These lead formers are made of high impact ABS plastic.
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Solder - Kester, 60 / 40, 44 Flux, 66 Core, .031 Dia, .5 oz
Kester 44 60/40 rosin core type. .031" diameter, 0.5 oz
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The Nibbler - cutter for square holes
Instructions
  • Simply drill 3/8" hole insert cutting head and compress handles.
  • Gives you the ability to make square holes for fuse holders, special connectors displays etc.
  1. Material to be nibbled is placed in the gap between the punch and blade channel.
  2. By squeezing the handles together, the punch will move down into the channel, cutting out a slug of metal.
  3. A scribe line can be followed by looking down on work in this position.
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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
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Jumper Test Lead Set - Clip 35mm, Total Length 24", 22AWG
Package of 10
Set of 10 Jumper Test Leads " Alligator Clips 35mm each. Total Length 24", 22AWG wire. Black, Red, White, Yellow, Green
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PadBoard - Single Sided, 3.04” x 1.55”, Vintage Spacing
Colors Available:
Padboard featuring a 0.15” vintage spacing. This spacing is great for vintage-style builds and more easily accommodates axial capacitors and other larger sized vintage parts like resistors and transistors. The board has a 20x10 grid of pads and easily fits into 1590BB style enclosures and larger vintage-style fuzz enclosures. Each square pad is HASL coated making soldering easier than most protoboards and also ensures a long shelf life. Features:
  • High-quality 1.6mm FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board
  • 1oz/ft2 copper weight
  • HASL coated square shaped pads
  • 20 x 10 holes
  • 3.04” x 1.55”
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Fret Rocker - for Identifying Uneven Frets
Fret rocker luthier tool. Four precision ground flat edges having lengths: 4.0”, 3.0”, 2.0” and 1.3”. Perfect for finding the source of fret buzz. Place the flat edge over three frets at a time and try to rock the tool. If the tool rocks, you’ve located the uneven fret.
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Standoffs - 0.18", plastic with adhesive backing
Low-profile adhesive standoffs with a 0.180" standoff height that securely attaches your PCB to a flat surface. The post inserts into a 0.125” mounting hole and includes a locking tab that secures the PCB when inserted. It can be used with 1/16” or 1/32” thick PCBs. The 0.6 x 0.6” square base is offset to allow the base to be underneath the board when the mounting hole is close to the PCB edge and the offset base provides a large sticking surface while permitting the PCB to be mounted in tight spaces or close to walls. This can be useful when working with small enclosures. High-quality 3M™ brand double-sided tape secures the standoff to a flat surface. These standoffs are available in packs of 8, 24, or 100 pieces Features:
  • Low profile 0.180" standoff height.
  • Offset base allows use when holes are close to the PCB edge.
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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!
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Nut File - Edge-Cut, for slotting guitar nuts
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.
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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
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PadBoard - Double Sided, Plated Holes, 3.15” x 1.97”
Prototyping circuit board that has a general purpose pad-per-hole pattern making it great for general purpose analog and digital use. It is a double-sided board with plated holes, which allows components to be easily soldered to either side of the board. A square pad is provided every 5th hole, which makes it easy to align components on the top and bottom of the board. An anti-tarnish coating protects the copper for a long shelf-life and provides easy soldering.
For fastening your project to a surface see our adhesive standoffs (S-H190-X)
Features:
  • Pad-per-hole prototyping board with plated-thru holes. A square pad every 5th hole makes it easy to align components on top and bottom.
  • Double-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board with plated holes. Components can be soldered to either side.
  • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering.
  • 31 x 19 holes, 0.037" holes are drilled on 0.1" (2.54mm) centers. Four 0.125” mounting holes.
  • Size 1 = 1.97 x 3.15in (50 x 80mm), 1/16" thick (1.6mm)
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Fret Press Inserts - for Pressing Frets, Multiple Radiuses
Fret press inserts. 2.5” width brass inserts fit the S-T259-A and S-T260 fret press cauls. Used to press frets into guitar fret boards as an alternative to hammering.
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Bias Master™ - TAD, tube tester, with 4 probes
Bias Master™ system BM4 Measures Bias current of the vacuum tubes in your amp. Includes 4 probes and english/german operation manual. The Bias Master™ allows you to monitor the bias current safely and easily. While adjusting the Bias control pot of your amp, the Bias Master™ shows the actual result. This lets you set and evaluate the full reasonable biasing range your amp and tubes offer to find and set your personal perfect choice.
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Adjustment Tool - Bourns Trimpots, H-90
Bourns trimmer adjustment tool. This tool is compatible with both the R-VT96Y-X multiturn trimmers and the R-VT62P-X single turn trimmers. The recessed end is especially helpful when used with the 3296Y trimmers to avoid slipping off of the screw adjuster. Features
  • Meets UL 94V-0
  • Pocket clip
  • For use on most trimmer shafts/rotors
  • Recessed end for use with extended shafts
  • RoHS compliant
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String Spacing Ruler - Steel, for marking string locations
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.
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Tool - GrooveTech, Jack / Pot Tool
Instrument and amp jacks are notorious for coming loose. And with a shallow nut and recessed cavity, access can be challenging. Until now, that is. The GrooveTech Jack and Pot Wrench provides three thin-wall sockets - ½", 7/16", and 12mm - in a compact four-inch tool to handle the most common sizes of jacks and pots on instruments, amps, and other audio gear. Add a dab of threadlocker, and you'll probably never have to deal with that loose jack again. Sockets are pro-grade with a dazzling polished chrome finish.
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Seizer forceps - Xcelite, 5.5" straight nose, serrated jaws
Seizer forceps. Product Features:
  • Versatile tool with unusual holding qualities
  • Clamps firmly to hold wires for soldering
  • Acts as a heat sink and retrieves small parts from hard-to-reach places
  • Precision-machined from perfectly tempered stainless steel
  • Box-joint construction
  • 3-position snap lock
  • Serrated jaws
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