I'm cutting slots in my F5 nut. What's the best way to measure string height at the 1st fret?
I have feeler gauges in 1 mil increments. However, it's hard to tell when the string reaches the desired height. Plus my old shaky hands don't help the situation. I thought about plucking the string then moving the gauge under it, but that doesn't seem to work too well. The string gets deadened when it appears the gauge is thinner than the actual spacing. I know the string moves some when ringing, but at the 1st fret I wouldn't think it would be that much.
I also have the StewMac string height measuring gizmo (metal plate with silk screened markings), but the accuracy on that is only around 5 mils.