Review: SIREN String Action Gauge

I posted a review few days ago about the “Music Nomad Premium Work Station”. While setting up a few additional guitars on it, I realized I was pretty tired of using a 6″ steel rule for the job, not to mention it’s fairly easy to scratch your fret board and pickups with one of those if you’re not careful. They’re also a bit clumsy, and hard to work with in tight areas (if not impossible).

So, I proceeded to search for the best alternative I could find.
After checking out about a dozen gauges, this one caught my eye:

“SIREN String Action Gauge – Guitar Setup Ruler – Luthier Tool”
For only around $7, I thought I’d give it a try.

Wow, what an excellent product!

A few highlights:

  • Being black with silver markings, it allows you to easily to distinguish the strings from the tool. For these old eyes of mine, that’s a real blessing.
  • Stainless steel construction, with all markings laser-engraved.
  • Measures in both inches and millimeters, and there’s also a nice little conversion chart on the back to boot (In-to-Dec-to-mm).
  • Gradients seem to be dead-on per my calipers, very accurate.
  • Rounded corners: As I’d previously mentioned, sharp corners on a gauge can cause scratched fret boards and pickups, as well as fingers!
  • You can use either the short or long ends for similar types of measurements, so there’s no problem whatsoever in getting into tight spaces.
  • Extremely thin (0.30 mm) and lightweight, yet surprisingly rigid and sturdy.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

SIREN also seems to have great customer service, as they immediately followed up with me via email after I received it to ensure I was satisfied with the gauge. Now, that’s a rarity in this day and age, especially for a product this inexpensive.

For the money, you can’t go wrong with this tool. I’m absolutely delighted with it, and in my opinion it’s easily worth twice the price.

As a side note, for some reason it only has five reviews on Amazon, but they’re all 5-star (including mine). My guess is because it’s probably a new product.

If interested in further information and/or ordering one for yourself…

Click here to view its product page on Amazon

Please feel free to leave a comment, your feedback is always appreciated!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.