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Guitar String Retainers

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These metal string trees screw into a Fender or similar peghead to maintain the string angle at the nut. Each holds down two strings.

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Guitar String Retainers
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0171 Chrome, set of 2 Yes
3 or more $2.52  
10 or more $2.25  

0171-B Black, set of 2 Yes
3 or more $3.37  
10 or more $2.94  

0171-G Gold, set of 2 Yes
3 or more $3.52  
10 or more $3.07  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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Same style string retainers that were used on a post '57 Strat®, Tele® and similar instruments.

Set of 2 includes: 2 string retainers with mounting screws, and spacers (short and tall). Use the short spacer for the E & B strings (many early instruments only used one string retainer for the E and B strings).

Pilot holes required:
Installing delicate screws such as these into hard maple requires great care and accuracy. We highly recommend using a 5/64" bit for the pilot hole before installing these screws. Lubricate the screw threads with cutting lubricant (also wax or a bar of soap) to reduce friction and help them thread properly.

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Guitar String Retainers
Guitar String Retainers
3.5 out of 5 stars
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5 9-27-2012
No issues - looks and works well.

Not the first pack of these I've purchased. Drill a correct size and depth pilot hole and you'll have good success. Will be back for more.

tb  Portland OR Read my reviews (50)
5 3-22-2012
They work and look great

Got these to finish off the re-do of my FrankenJag. Had to have gold string retainers with the rest of the gold hardware. Would have looked bad without them.

rickhal53  Pembroke, MA Read my reviews (5)
1 3-07-2012
Not traditional at all

I think Fender-style guitar makers traditionally source and use steel screws so as to avoid removing broken screws from maple necks. The screws included with these string retainers are "decorative" (not made of steel) so can break with very little effort (which happened to me). I was able to reinstall by following the suggestions here.

bfors  Winnipeg, MB, Canada
5 1-12-2012

It's ok

niponz  Thailand Read my reviews (31)
5 1-01-2012
string retainers

Very easy to install, follow instructions as posted on stewmacs site and screws will not break. Very nice quality and look good. Paid more for shipping then for the string retainers that's the only con.

tfp  il
4 1-01-2012
Could be better

It needs a few improvements like stiffer screws. Must be used with extra care.

Claudio Kezen  Brazil Read my reviews (18)
1 12-01-2011
Cheap Chinese crap

The screw spun off into the pilot hole, leaving me wondering how I'm going to dig the metal out of my headstock. I pay more for stuff from Stewmac because I expect it to be good quality, not because I love the fancy packaging and quick shipping. So far the soft screws are about to put me off for good. This broken screw is going to cost me a day of frustration and I'll be lucky if I end up with an unmarked project by the time I'm done.

I only selected one star because I was required to. Zero stars.

Scott is actually my name  Dallas
5 11-23-2011
String retainers

Excellent item. No problem with the screws, but I was replacing other retainers, so the holes had already been used.

Stuart B  Australia
5 11-21-2011
Problem free, dozens of installs

I use these trees on my guitars, and with the high school students in my manufacturing class. Drilling the proper size pilot hole to adequate depth, and turning with an appropriately sized driver tip, we have had no issues using these trees. I appreciate that they have metal spacers rather than the potentially tone-robbing nylon spacers that other suppliers provide.

Mudbug765  Hartford City, IN Read my reviews (13)
1 11-03-2011

The screws are total junk. First one I tried to install(with soap) snapped off even with the wood. Went and bought new screws from ACE hardware.

Guy Smith  McKinney, Texas Read my reviews (2)
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