June 19th, 2008, 12:50 AM
I recently stumbled upon this: http://www.theguitarfiles.com/product_id-929.html
Anybody have one? do you like it? It seems a bit spendy for what it is, but I know from some recent frustration that having all the "guitar" sized tools gathered together might alleviate some consternation and perhaps even limit my two year old's burgeoning swear word vocabulary.
June 19th, 2008, 12:55 AM
... perhaps even limit my two year old's burgeoning swear word vocabulary.
HAR!! LOL :lol: :lol:
June 19th, 2008, 01:18 AM
HAR!! LOL :lol: :lol:
Sigh. I know it can be kinda funny when it's other people's kids, but. "Where the F is my x." Or, "where did your mother move my effin y" is not so good when it is your kid saying same. how do I know? Don't effin ask me.
Most of us have too much stuff. I certainly have too much stuff. But there are certain occasions when duplicating what is already in the house, but with a specific application in mind and contained together - might be worth the additional expense.
I'm thinking this may be one of those times.
June 19th, 2008, 01:39 AM
That would be so convenient. And you can toss it right in the case/gig bag. It does seem a little bit pricey when you think about it, but the convenience is hard to beat. My leatherman super tool is working for me well enough, but I still can't find the right hex key to adjust my bridge saddles... I know its around here somewhere...
June 19th, 2008, 01:43 AM
i guess it's a little much, but think how easy it is to spend $20 on a nice lunch or a round of drinks. that little fella will pay for itself in no time.
June 19th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Yeah, and it's always that one Allen key that you need that you took off and misplaced, or need in metric rather than imperial (or vice versa). Seems a no-brainer to have them all bunched together in one place. I actually think this is a really good idea. Somewhat surprised I haven't seen it before or heard about it here. Yes, will try and stop swearing in front of my kid, even when the wife has moved stuff. Although, that's gonna be real, real , real hard.
But, back to our regularly scheduled digression.
June 19th, 2008, 02:32 AM
...perhaps even limit my two year old's burgeoning swear word vocabulary.
You just sold me one. Ya, that's worth $20. I try not to swear around the boy, but some habits die harder than others. My hex key sets are already put together in a swiss-army style case, so I know it's a good idea. I never trust small cutters, tho. I keep a sturdy set of diagonal cutters in the gig bag. That's right, if you play a bass, I got your back.
June 19th, 2008, 02:55 AM
S'Ok. I have one and it's handy, but no real sub for a case full of tools. The string cutter goes cocked after a while.
June 19th, 2008, 05:33 AM
I received one as a gift a few years ago. I thought it too bulky and flimsy to be any real substitute for a Leatherman and a small set of allen keys.
June 19th, 2008, 06:16 AM
I prefer individual tools. You don't need many. I keep a small pair of diagonal cutters in my case pocket for string changes. Everything else lives in the primary tool box.
Losing tools generally means you don't always put them away after use.
June 19th, 2008, 09:10 AM
I just keep a leatherman multitool handy (and a set of allen keys in my guitar kit) The biggest problem for me is that any allen keys that come in the fold up sets never have the .050 I need for saddle adjustment from time to time on my Tele or Strat. Every now and then if I'm doing an outside gig in the heat, I may need to play with the action real quick to get rid of a buzz...
Plus Leathermen are proven and they don't look out of place on your belt at other times day and night!
June 19th, 2008, 09:30 AM
Since it was a gift, I can't attest to how pricey it might be but I've had one for a few years, I keep it in my case and it does come in handy when I'm not near my trusty toolbox.
June 19th, 2008, 02:43 PM
I have something similar, minus the string cutter, in underseat bag of my bicycle. I think it was much less than $20 from a bike supply store. Honestly, I still prefer using the hex wrenches I got from Walmart held on a key ring for 1 or 2 bucks a set. They come in Metric and Imperial, and at that price you can get a few sets.
June 12th, 2013, 03:42 PM
They need to make this simpler. Too many tools in one, I find that one allen key is almost universal, and I pretty much use it only for that and the two screwdrivers when I am in a real pinch; a regular allen key is easy to lose, and harder to manipulate (though less likely to scratch your guitar than RR, which has a bad habit of folding half way thru a turn). Don't bother with the clippers, I have yet to find a guitar tool that does this any better than a pair of electrician's cutters. I only use this as a go-to on the road, when at home I get better results with real tools. Also, after having this thing for 15 years, I have finally busted it (a nut came loose on the side and I lost it.). It still works for a hard-to-lose allen key. A little overkill, but somehow this thing has stayed in my gig bag for years!
June 12th, 2013, 03:51 PM
The only combo tool like this I carry is for my MTb bike. I have tried these with my guitars and its alway a compromise. While in the deep wood 10 mile up the trail a comb tool, rock, leaves to stuff in tires and the like will get me home. Combo tools for fine instruments will just get you in trouble. I did try one of these:
Wish I could sell it. It barely cuts guitar stings, Allen key length too short for truss rods, etc.
My 2 cents.
Get the right set of tools for the job.
June 12th, 2013, 04:05 PM
June 12th, 2013, 04:27 PM
Dont we all love zombie threads? Such a good feeling to revive the dead and what better opportunity for pompous pontification?
You can buy those 'wonder tools' for about 4 bucks on the chinese tool sites. Depending on what dummies they are targeting they are called, variously, bike tool, guitar tool, household tool, or on sharper image, sold as a tool for tools at $50
I prefer to use real tools. A wrench for a bolt, a phillips for a screw a hammer for my thumb. Swiss army knives are for camping not real work LOL
just like import guitars, really decent tools that were once expensive are now dirt cheap. I have a toolbox in my truck, toolbox full of household specific tools in the laundry closet, plumbing type junk in a bathroom cupboard, huge roller cabs of auto, moto, bike tools in the garage and guitar specific stuff on my bench in the music room. Tools are kind of a hobby and cheap enough I can indulge.
Buy real tools, even cheap ones are better than gimmik tools.. The biggest problem with gimmiks is if you have one you will try to use it and end up doing serious damage to whatever. Its hard enough to not wreck stuff even with the right tools (8 - ) you can fit a lot of stuff in a small bag
Having said all that, I remember one of my ex wives who in spite of being one of the clumsiest people Ive ever known, could somehow overhaul a washing machine with no more than a tableknife and a pair of old pliers. Sometimes you do what you need with what you have.