CruzTOOLS Introduces Stagehand Compact Tech Kit

CruzTOOLS Stagehand Compact Tech KitCruzTOOLS has announced a new tool set for bassists and guitarists called the Stagehand Compact Tech Kit. Adding to their line instrument maintenance tools, the kit centers around a screwdriver-style bit holder and a 19-piece magnetic bit set that comes complete with hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and sockets in imperial and metric sizes. The company says the range of bits allows for bridge, truss rod, tremolo, and nut adjustments on nearly all makes and models.

The Stagehand set also includes a capo and 15-blade thickness gauge with integrated ruler, a string winder, and a smaller version of the GrooveTech string cutters. It all come in a zip-up pouch measuring 7″x2″x2″ for easy storage in a gig bag.

The CruzTOOLS Stagehand Compact Tech Kit carries a street price of $34.95.

CruzTOOLS Stagehand Compact Tech Kit Features:

19-piece Magnetic Bit Set with Screwdriver-style Bit Holder
15-blade Thickness Gauge
String Winder
String Cutters

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  1. What does a thickness gauge do?

    • Matt

      I’m pretty sure you use a thickness gauge to measure the distance your strings are from the fretboard. For when you’re adjusting the tension.

      • Anton Bell

        +1 That’s exactly what it is used for

      • Sean

        I’ve never really understood the point of distance gauges/rulers, outside of telling others where your setup’s at. No instrument is PERFECT, so you can’t simply set it up by the numbers. At the end of the day, your best tools are eyes and fingers.

        • Matt

          I know what you mean in regards to overall set up being a ‘per player’ arrangement but when setting up any stringed instrument, getting the spacing right and making sure the distance for each string is correct is really important in terms of correct intonation up and down the fret board.

          It also helps keep your instrument healthy (easy now everyone), as improper spacing/ string tension can easily split a neck or ruin a truss rod quickly.

          • Sean

            You make some very good points, Matt, but I suppose I should qualify my comment by saying I meant it from a players perspective, not luthiers. Unless you’re cutting/filing a nut, or have one of those fancy 3D bridges that allow side-to-side adjustment, you’re not adjusting string spacing. (Also, unless you’re playing a Warwick, how does a bit help you adjust a nut?)

            As for intonation, you only need four tools to properly intonate a modern electric instrument: a large hex wrench to adjust the truss rod, a small hex wrench to adjust saddle height, a screwdriver to move the saddles lengthwise, and a decent tuner. Each adjustment you make to any aspect requires re-intonation, of course, but you don’t need all this to do a basic setup. And if it does sell for $35, I wouldn’t trust these to do anything more.

            (Also, that capo is an absolute joke.)

  2. What is a string widener?

    • jaden

      *string winder. Used for easy and fast winding of strings, either up to tension, or to slacken.

  3. Fred Fields

    Nice set, but I’m not sure the string winder would fit bass keys, and the cutters don’t look heavy duty enough to cut bass strings. Maybe I’m wrong though.

    • Liam

      The cutters will hack through a heavy E. B maybe. The winder does look a bit wimpy for Fender style clovers.