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Music Nomad KEEP IT SIMPLE, SETUP (KISS)™ Starter Kit Bundle - 6 pc MN609


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Not only is it fun, but a properly setup guitar takes your playing and sound to a whole new level. In collaboration with Master Guitar Tech Geoff Luttrell, MusicNomad has developed the KEEP IT SIMPLE, SETUP (KISS)™. We demystified the process by developing innovative, precision gauges and tools combined with step-by-step general guidelines anybody can follow and setup their guitar to play and sound great. With our KEEP IT SIMPLE, SETUP (KISS)™ method and our gauges you can check the vital areas of your guitar and use our tools to perform your own setup. The Starter Kit bundle includes gauges that work for all Electric, Acoustic, Classical and Bass Guitars. The 2 tool sets will adjust most Guitars and Basses. Not included: Nut Files or Acoustic Guitar Soundhole Truss Rod Wrenches.


The 6 pc. Precision Gauge Setup Set includes a: Truss Rod Gauge, Pick Capo, String Action Gauge, 2 Radius Gauges, & Nut Height Gauge. We even include a 24 page instructional booklet & a nice carrying case.

Gauges are high quality, stainless steel with etched lines and text featuring instructions and the most common measurements right on the product, taking out the guesswork.

Guitar Tech 26 pc. Screwdriver & Wrench Set: All you need to adjust your gear with 12 Allen key sizes: .050", 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", 5/32", 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm, 3.0mm, 4.0mm, 5.0mm. 3 Phillips: #0, #1, #2. 3 Flat Blade: 2.5, 3, 5 plus 7 Hex Wrench Sizes: 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 1/4" 1/2” (2) & 7/16 and a Premium Spanner Wrench with suede backing to avoid scratching your gear, Compact, Lightweight and Strong Aluminum Case.

Guitar Tech 11 pc. Truss Rod Wrench Set includes: 6 Allen key sizes: 5/32", 9/64", 1/8", 3/16", 4mm, 5mm and 3 Socket Wrench sizes: 1/4", 5/16", 7mm and each includes a PH#1 magnetized screwdriver for truss rod covers and Special designed Spoke Wheel tool, plus 3/8" Flat Head Screwdriver Blade bit for certain truss rods at the heel. Compact, Lightweight and Strong Aluminum Case.

These 3 kits will allow you to set up most electric guitars, basses and some acoustic guitars. We do not include nut files or acoustic guitar truss rod wrenches that you adjust in the soundhole (sold separately). Our Truss Rod Wrench Set covers Guitars that are adjusted at the headstock or heel. Our step by step instruction booklet, how to videos, and instructions printed right on the gauges makes it the KEEP IT SIMPLE, SETUP (KISS)™.


Q: On your String Action Gauge Chart you don’t show what action to use for a 5 or 6 string Bass, what should it be?

A: The most common String Action Height for a Low-Medium action on the bass side (or low string) that will make your bass play great would be .090” or 2.25mm on the 5th or 6th string.


Q: On your String Action Gauge Chart you don’t show what action to use for a 7 or 8 string Guitar, what should it be?

A: The most common String Action Height for a Low-Medium action on the bass side (or low string) that will make your guitar play great would be .065” or 1.65mm on the 7th string (on a 7-string guitar) and .070” or 1.75mm on the 8th string (on an 8-string guitar).


Q: I have a wraparound bridge, how do I adjust my string height?

A:  After measuring your string height and determining what you need, you would adjust the height by turning the bridge post clockwise to lower the action and counterclockwise to raise the action. You can use the 3/8” bit blade that comes in our Truss Rod Wrench kit MN235 or with our Spanner Wrench MN224.  


Q: I have done all the proper steps in the KISS method and my instrument has fret buzz, dead notes, intonation problems, or other playability issues. What could this be?

 A: The KISS setup method is based on doing all the steps in order and having level frets. For example, if you do the String Action Height adjustment only and you have fret buzz, it may be because you did not adjust your Truss Rod. Make sure you follow all the steps in the setup process. You can find the proper steps in our Setup Hub

For worn or un-even frets you will have to compensate for that until you are able to get fretwork done. To achieve clean notes and no buzzing without fretwork, you will need to raise the action until you achieve no buzz. More relief in the neck and higher string action can solve this but is harder to play and can lead to intonation issues.  Another cause for buzzing can be that your nut slots are too low or were cut too low. If you are having any of these issues, we recommend you take your guitar to a qualified repair shop. 


Q: How do I read the pickup height ruler on the string action gauge?

A: On the inches/fraction side for the pickup ruler, 1/16” is the second line from the bottom and 3/32” is the third line from the bottom. 


Q: Can I use a regular capo at the first fret if I do not have a pick capo?

A: The pick capo allows you to hold the string down on top of the 1st fret with just enough tension and is easy to slip in without worrying about where it sits on the fret and how much tension is on it. Yes, you can use a regular capo but you need to make sure it is holding down the string directly on top of the 1st fret using the least amount of tension otherwise you will get an inaccurate reading.