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Shure SFG-2

Stylus tracking force gauge for turntables

15 Reviews | 1 question - 1 answer

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Our take on the Shure SFG-2

Did you know that dialing in the proper tracking force for your turntable's phono cartridge is crucial for optimum playback? Too little force, and the stylus won't seat properly in the grooves, potentially causing skipping (or mistracking), and increased wear to your stylus and precious vinyl LPs. Too much force, and you'll over-compress your cartridge's internal suspension mechanism, causing its internal signal generating assembly to become misaligned and resulting in a loss of performance.

Be "Shure" your turntable is on the right track

Did you know that dialing in the proper tracking force for your turntable's phono cartridge is crucial for optimum playback? Too little force, and the stylus won't seat properly in the grooves, potentially causing skipping (or mistracking), and increased wear to your stylus and precious vinyl LPs. Too much force, and you'll over-compress your cartridge's internal suspension mechanism, causing its internal signal generating assembly to become misaligned and resulting in a loss of performance.

Unfortunately, the traditional method of calibrating your 'table's tracking force — floating the tonearm, then twisting the counterweight to the desired setting — can actually be inaccurate by a wide margin. That's why we strongly recommend the Shure SFG-2 to anyone looking to really fine-tune their rig. This simple, easy-to-use stylus force gauge ensures that your cartridge is tracking precisely at the manufacturer's recommended setting, giving you the best possible sound quality, and minimizing wear and tear on your stylus and records.

Product Highlights:

  • ensures proper stylus tracking force to prevent mistracking, excessive record and stylus wear, and poor sound reproduction
  • easy-to-use, balance-beam design accurate to within .1 grams in primary operating range (0.5 to 1.5 grams)
  • measures tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in .05 gram increments
  • roller bearing pin pivots for minimal friction and smooth operation
  • each gauge individually factory calibrated for a high degree of accuracy
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Stylus force gauge
  • User Guide
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Stylus Force Gauge: The Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is a highly accurate beam balance that is designed for measuring stylus tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in 0.5 gram increments. Its rolling bearing pin pivots are engineered for minimal friction. The SFG-2 tracking for gauge has been factory calibrated.

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Why did you buy this?

Free [ laurence  Mar 02, 2018 ]
recommended by crutcfield [ Eugene  Feb 28, 2018 ]
Recommended by Dolly [ Jordan  Jan 17, 2018 ]
recommended by staff [ JACOB  Dec 27, 2017 ]
I needed a stylus gauge [ John Charles  Nov 30, 2017 ]
for accuracy at setup [ Sue  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Required [ Gary  Nov 24, 2017 ]
I need to accurately measure the stylus on my turntable. [ Doyle Coons  Nov 08, 2017 ]
The Crutchfield price was cheaper than other major online warehouses/retailers. [ Michael  Oct 21, 2017 ]
Better turntable sound [ MARTIN  Aug 08, 2017 ]
the only one sold on website [ NELSON D  Jul 02, 2017 ]
Was the only tracking force gauge available [ ETHAN D  May 15, 2017 ]
Want to ensure the best possible calibration. Expect this to help. [ George  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Good reviews, good price! Ease of use. Reduce wear on records and stylus. Crutchfield return policy if I don't like it! [ JOHN F  Apr 15, 2017 ]
I recently purchased a turntable, and I saw an article by Dave Bar in your magazine. [ Michael  Apr 07, 2017 ]
I'm not sure that my tonearm is tracking correctly (read that, I'm pretty sure it's not) and even though this device only had 6 reviews when I ordered it, they were all very positive. I can always send it back if it doesn't live up to expectations. [ JOHN  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Bought new Denon turntable and replaced cartridge with expensive Ortofon . Want to insure proper tracking force. [ Roy  Mar 16, 2017 ]
Reviews were positive [ Myounger  Mar 14, 2017 ]
for the name brand and hdr [ JOHN J  Mar 09, 2017 ]
So my vinyl lasts [ Jonathan  Dec 15, 2016 ]
Simple design, doesn't need batteries, proven dependability. [ JIM  Dec 01, 2016 ]
Want to make sure I set up my new turntable correctly to optimize best sound possible [ Joann  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Clean dust from records [ Jerome  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Only one available from your store and already have the exact same one here at the house which I'm very happy with but just couldn't find it after 30 years. [ THOMAS  May 22, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield representative (Dolly) Dolly's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=131 [ Priscilla  Apr 19, 2016 ]
To get the optimum performance out of my turntable. [ Matthew  Apr 19, 2016 ]
to ensure proper weight on needle [ robin  Mar 27, 2016 ]

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