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Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge

by Shure
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  • Shure Tracking Force Gauge measures force of turntable stylus
  • Precise, 0.05 gram increment scale measures force of stylus on record
  • Prevents mistracking, excessive record and tip wear, and poor sound reproduction
  • For use with all Shure and other brands of turntable stylus
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Product Details

Product Manual [123kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 6 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006I5SD
  • Item model number: SFG-2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 8, 2004

Product Description

For deejays and others dedicated to the sound of vinyl. The Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is the industry standard for turntables. This simple-to-use measuring device was developed to give listeners a way to insure against the problems caused by improper tracking force settings, which include mistracking, excessive record and tip wear, and poor sound reproduction. This gauge is a highly accurate beam balance instrument designed to measure the actual downward force exerted by a stylus on a record over the range of 0.5 to 3.0 grams. Each gauge is individually calibrated, and displays readings in 0.05 gram increments in order to provide a precise measurement of stylus tracking force.


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Customer Reviews

Simple device; easy to use.
Galenwill
I can easily say this gauge has saved me from buying a new cartridge that much sooner.
James
This tracking force gauge is very easy to use.
Maestro421

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballard on September 29, 2005
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The Shure SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge is a well-made precision device that gives you an accurate reading (within a 10th of a gram) of your tracking force. Even if you have a tonearm with a tracking force scale on the counterweight, this provides a much more accurate way of knowing exactly how much force is being exerted on your precious records.

The range of this gauge is any weight up to 3 grams. Unless you have a prehistoric phono cartridge (which you need to stop using!), or are using a specialty cartridge made for listening to 78s, it should fit the bill nicely.

The black body of the unit is made from a precision heavy plastic material that is extremely durable. The weight scale is metal. There is also a mirror with two white pointers. When the two pointers are aligned, the tracking force is indicated by the position of the sliding weight on the scale. It's packaged nicely with easy to follow instructions on it's use.

Some pricier digital scales are probably a bit more accurate, but when you get down to accuracy of 1/10th gram, that's splitting hairs. A highly recommended accessory for any vinyl lover.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James on March 17, 2009
I wanted a tracking force gauge for some time, but never got around to buying one. I figured, hey, the counterweight on the tonearm is good enough, right? Boy, was I ever wrong. I discovered my tonearm was about three grams overweight! This tracking force gauge is pretty cheap insurance in my view. If I had any idea how far off the tonearm counterweight was, I would have bought one with my turntable. Please note, this is not a digital model and will not give you ultra-precise measurements. Shure has a gauge for that too, if you're willing to spend the money.

Description and Use: Balance scale just like at the gym. The unit is placed on the turnable mat extending from center to edge. The weight is adjusted from 1-3 grams. Tonearm is lowered and needle placed in the gauge groove. measurement taken. Tonearm lifted, tonearm weight adjusted. Repeat.

The stated tolerance on this gauge is +-0.1 grams. For the tech, that's pretty darn good, and for the price is outstanding. I can easily say this gauge has saved me from buying a new cartridge that much sooner. And heaven knows how much it has helped extend the life of my records.

Pros:
1. Value for dollar unsurpassed. Consumer reports best buy or Stereophile three dollar signs, take your pick.
2. Reasonable accuracy, especially for moving magnet cartridges, which seem (at least to me) less sensitive to weight differences than Moving coil. Your ears may vary.

Cons:
1. Balance point is a metal pin on a plastic platform. When I used it, because of such low weights (1-3g.), I sometimes questioned the accuracy of the device, as it seemed to get stuck at either end of the scale. A metal platform would reduce friction and (I think) have more accurate results.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Martin Reck on December 27, 2009
As mentioned in (surprisingly) only one review, this device is magnetic. I've had one for many years and only noticed this when I tried it with a moving coil cartridge. Perhaps this is why Shure sells this - they do not make moving coil cartridges. With a moving coil cartridge, not only would the results be extremely inaccurate, but there is a strong risk of damaging the cartridge irreparably.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo on April 29, 2009
Accurate! Compared it with an electronic force gauge for callibration. Difference is negligible. No need to spend more on those electronic gadgets.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 20, 2012
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This is one of those ancient simple timeless devices that just don't require improvement. Shure has made a tracking force gauge like this one for many years. If it works, why make changes?

The physics is just too darn simple, a pivot point with an adjustable weight on one end and the stylus on the other, a simple machine like a teeter totter. From the cartridge owner's manual, recommended tracking forces can be found. Slide the little metal counterbalance weight to that marking on the scale. If the weight is over 1.5 grams, halve the weight and set that value on the counterweight. Place the gauge on the turntable; push the Vee slot to the record spindle. Remove all anti-skate; either dial it to 0, or remove the hanging weight. Gently lower the stylus onto one of two grooves. If the weight is less than 1.5 grams, use the outer groove. If it is over 1.5 grams (and you halved the weight setting) set the stylus on the inner groove. Look at the mirror. If the fixed white part lines up perfectly with the moveable white part, the force is set perfectly. If the moveable part is below the fixed part, remove the tone arm from the gauge, increase the weight dial on the tone arm, return the stylus to the gauge and read the two parts again. If the moveable part is above the fixed, the force is too high, remove the tone arm from the gauge and lighten the tone arm. Replace the anti-skate device or turn the dial back to the correct number.

The gauge works in target mode, set the force that the stylus should use, and adjust the tone arm until the force is correct.

I was really surprised with my turntable. I had followed the instructions perfectly in the set up - balance the tone arm to exactly horizontal, turn the weight indicator to 0, and then turn the dial to the correct force.
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