Tools

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 $6.45
Threadlocker - Bob Smith Industries, IC-LOC Blue
IC-LOC™ Blue is a medium thickness, medium strength thread lock that is applied to the threads of fasteners before assembly. Once the IC-LOC Blue™ is cured, the fasteners can be disassembled with standard hand tools if required. Uses
  • Threads of fasteners
  • Bolts
  • Screws
  • Nuts

Directions: Shake well, then apply IC-LOC™ Blue to the clean and dry threaded areas before assembling non-plastic parts. Product sets in 10 minutes, with full cure within 24 hours. IC-LOC™ Blue is anaerobic and cures in the absence of air, which occurs when a bolt, screw or nut is tightened. IC-LOC™ Blue prevents loosening of fasteners from normal use and vibration, but parts can still be disassembled with hand tools. IC-LOC™ Blue seals and prevents rusting of threads. Cured temperature range is -60° to +300°F (-51° to +149°C). Remove residue with a damp cloth. Similar to Loctite Blue.
$6.45
Tool - IC Extractor / Puller
Hand-held IC extractor for use on a variety of chip sizes. The metal ends hook beneath the chip. When a pinching force is applied to the bends of the plastic, the metal ends clamp onto the chip and pull upward uniformly to avoid bending pins. This tool can be used on widths of 7mm and up.
$3.95
String Cutters - GrooveTech, for guitar and bass
GrooveTech developed the String Cutters specifically for Guitar and Bass strings. Guitar and bass strings are made of hardened stainless steel or nickel with thicknesses as high as 3mm. Ordinary diagonal cutters are designed for soft copper, and thus fail miserably when used on strings. GrooveTech String Cutters were developed specifically for this application, using a proprietary heat-treatment process. Despite its compact five-inch length, even “B” bass strings cut easily and your days of dented blades will be a thing of the past. Vinyl grips feel great in your hands.
$11.95
ProtoBoard - Fits 1590B, 1 sided, 2-hole strips
Prototyping circuit board (PCB) designed to fit the Hammond 1590B die-cast aluminum enclosure. It has a convenient 2-hole pattern, which provides an easy way to connect parts while maximizing usable board area. It can be used as a stand-alone prototyping board, or installed in a Hammond 1590B enclosure. For fastening your project to a surface see our adhesive standoffs (S-H190) Features:
  • Single-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board.
  • Convenient 2-hole pattern provides an easy way to connect parts.
  • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering. Lead free and RoHS compatible.
  • 0.042" holes are drilled on 0.1" (2.54mm) centers. 2 mounting holes.
  • PCB Size 2.05 x 4.05 in (52.1 x 102.9 mm)
$3.59
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
Guitar Setup Mat - Dunlop, System 65
Work on your guitars without the worry of scratching the finish. This thick neoprene mat measures 17 7/8” x 23 ¾”. The tight webbing on the surface ensures no marring and helps keep debris from sticking to the mat.
$15.25
Soldering Iron Tip - Weller, hollow core, single flat / sloped type, ET Series
Genuine Weller single flat style tips for use with all ET Series compatible soldering irons. The single flat style is versatile tip style that works great in situation where precision is required as well as situations where heat needs to be spread efficiently. These tips are an excellent choice for use with the S-TWE1010 soldering station.
  • Sensor hole in the base of tip is fitted with a stainless steel liner
  • Prevents the tip from seizing to the sensor
$5.94
Two-Way Sanding Block - for Fretboards
Two-way sanding block for radius fretboard sanding. There are two different radiuses on each block. Sandpaper not included.
Starting at $15.95
Probes - TAD, for Bias Master™, set of 2
Package of 2
Bias Master™ set of adapter probes for testing other types of tubes. For use with the S-TBM4-X Bias Master™ system.
Starting at $65.95
Vise - Vacuum base, 40 mm, for securing small components
Mini vise. Great for securing small, light-weight components like potentiometers, tube sockets and switches while soldering or de-soldering. Clamp opens to 40 mm max.
$7.85
Springs - Xcelite, replacement for S-TCN255
Replacement spring for S-TCN255 (Xcelite curved nose pliers).
$1.00
On Backorder
Soldering Iron Tip - Weller, solid core, screwdriver type, ST Series, 3-Pack
Package of 3
Genuine Weller screw driver (chisel) style tips for use with all ST Series compatible soldering irons. The screwdriver style is great for soldering through hole components and many other situations. The flatted tip makes it easy to make contact with both the solder pad and component lead. These tips are an excellent choice for use with the S-TWLC100 soldering station. Sold in a pack of three. ST Series Tips: Will fit the SP40L / SP40N series irons as well as the WLIR60, WLIR60K, WP25, WP30, WP35, WLC100 series tools.
Starting at $16.75
Adhesive Softener - Bob Smith Industries, Un-Cure
Un-Cure™ debonder will soften cured CA. If parts are bonded incorrectly or your fingers are stuck together, a few drops of Un-Cure™ will dissolve the CA in about a minute. Apply on bonded skin and roll apart fingers. Once stuck, use acetone to clean off softened CA, then wash off with soap and water. Since cured CA is essentially acrylic plastic, anything that will dissolve CA will also soften most plastics. Care must be used, therefore, when using Un-Cure on plastics. Separating plastic parts with a razor saw is usually the best option. Works Well On:
  • Cyanoacrylates
  • Super Glues

Directions: Un-Cure™ will soften cured super glue (aka cyanoacrylate, CA). To release bonded skin (not near the eyes) apply Un-Cure™, then use a small, rounded object like a paperclip to separate the skin with a peeling action, applying more Un-Cure™ as needed until the skin areas are debonded. Wash the area with soap and water.
$4.69
Tool - Magnetizer / Demagnetizer
Small magnetizer / demagnetizer for use with hand tools. Simply pass a tool such as a screwdriver through the square hole to magnetize the tool and pass it through the u-shaped channel to demagnetize the tool. Note: When passing through the square cutout to magnetize a tool, be sure to keep the tool from touching the four walls of the magnetizer to ensure a proper magnetization. When using the demagnetizer, the tool can touch the plastic of the channel.
$3.95
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
Adhesive Remover - Bob Smith Industries, Insta-Clean
Insta-Clean™ is ideal for removing price stickers and their adhesive residue. Insta-Clean™ will also remove scuff marks that regular household cleaners won't touch. Works on all surfaces, including: glass, cardboard, plastic, fiberglass and everything else. Uses
  • Stickers
  • Sticker Residue
  • Residue on Glass
  • Residue on Fiberglass

Directions: Spray directly onto the sticker to be removed. Let stand for 1 to 5 minutes and then peel off sticker and wipe clean.
$4.69
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
ZipWire - Jumper Cable Kit for circuits
Package of 120
The ZipWire™ Kit provides a convenient way to connect the signals in your projects. The wires can be unzipped for individual wires as needed and the color-coding can be used to organize power, ground and other signal types to keep your circuit organized. The rainbow colored ribbon cable provides the 10 standard electrical colors.
Starting at $9.85
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)
$13.95
Multi-Tool - GrooveTech, for Guitar and Bass
Introducing the second generation of the GrooveTech Guitar/Bass Multi-Tool Introduced in 2008, the original GrooveTech Multi-Tool was an instant hit with guitar and bass players alike. Never before had a multi-tool provided such functionality or made use of pro-grade components. In spite of market acceptance, GrooveTech designers envisioned improvements and spent over two years developing a second generation tool that boasts significant advances. Like the original tool, both inch and metric hex wrenches are provided with ball-ends for truss rod sizes. Tool components use professional S2 steel with an attractive polished-chrome finish. Second-generation improvements include a 5/16" socket for Gibson and similar truss rod nuts, addition of 5mm and 1/16" hex wrenches, and a precision ruler with inch and metric scales.
$17.65
Digital Multimeter - YF-3220, multi-purpose
Ergonomically designed. Uses one 9V battery, included.
  • 0.5% basic DC accuracy
  • audible continuity test
  • 3 1/2 digit LCD, 0.625" high
  • 10M ohm input resistance
  • 1.5" x 3" x 7.5"(w/o rubber case)
  • overload protection
  • voltage to 1000VDC, 750VAC
  • capacitance to 20 microfarads
  • polarity indicator
  • frequency to 10MHz
  • over range indicator
  • 10A (AC or DC)
  • low battery indicator
  • hFE and diode test
  • tilt stand and case
$49.95
StripBoard - Single Sided, 3.94” x 3.15”, Mounting Holes
ST2 StripBoard is a prototyping circuit board with a standard long strip pattern. Tracks run the length of the board. The long tracks are convenient for power and ground rails, and for signal buses. Strips can be cut as needed to make smaller tracks and circuit pads. It has 0.1" hole spacing for DIP integrated circuits and headers and other parts. ST2 has higher quality than traditional stripboard. The holes are drilled, not punched. The base material is high-quality FR4 glass epoxy board. It has better stability and moisture resistance than boards using phenolic or SRBP (synthetic resin bonded paper), which can warp with exposure to humidity. Features
  • Standard stripboard pattern, with tracks running the length of the board.
  • Single-sided high-quality FR4 glass-epoxy circuit board.
  • 1oz/ft2 copper with an anti-tarnish coating for easy soldering.
$4.75
Wrench - Dunlop, System 65, Uni-wrench
The Dunlop System 65 Uni-Wrench is great tool for tightening and loosening any threaded nut on a guitar or bass. This includes pots, jacks, bridge posts, rounded knurled nuts on selector switches and more.
$11.95