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 Chrome, set of 2

Chrome, set of 2

Item # 0171
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3 or more $2.74
10 or more $2.33
Guitar String Retainers Black, set of 2

Black, set of 2

Item # 0171-B
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3 or more $4.27
10 or more $3.63
Guitar String Retainers Gold, set of 2

Gold, set of 2

Item # 0171-G
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3 or more $4.40
10 or more $3.74
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
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Quantity: 20


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

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

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Problem free, dozens of installs

By Mudbug765 from Hartford City, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 21, 2011

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.


By Guy Smith from McKinney, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 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.

Not so good

By Alfredo Rocha from Mexico City, Mexico
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You really really need to lubricate the screw with wax or soap, and drill a hole deep enough for the screw with a decent drill bit and to be really really gentle with the screw, using a screwdriver with the exact size for it and never force it.

If you fail at doing one of those things right, you probably will end up with a screw inside the wood, but without the head of the screw.

It has happen to me just once, but that was a real bummer since it was the last detail missing in my build.

The screws need to be made of a stronger metal.

Good Value, But...

By GSJ from Ottawa, ON, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 30, 2011

I purchased these trees for a project guitar I was building. Quality is good, however the strength of the supplied screws is lacking. I know that there was some user error (pilot hole not drilled deep enough), but when screwing into a maple headstock, the screw sheared off, leaving 3/4 of it embedded into the headstock.

Overall, not a show-stopper, but a bit of a shock, considering that this was the second to last part of the build. Drill deeper pilot holes is all I can say.

Poor quality screws

By Greghc48 from Oak Ridge, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I've used these string trees for two telecaster projects, and in both cases, one of the screws broke and I've had to drill out / repair and replace the tree location. NOT happy with the quaity of the screws on these items. So - beware when using them and have some higher quality screws available for your project.


By Whodatpat from College Park MD
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 08, 2011

I drilled pilots and screwed them in, not even snug. I put the strings under the trees with light string tension and snappo! Broken screws in my headstock! The rest of the parts are fine. The screws are a JOKE! DO NOT USE THE SCREWS... StewMac, PLEASE discontinue till they fix this.

Save your money

By TubeGlow from Powell, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 18, 2011

I would recommend purchasing real Fender or a known brand of tree. These are just 'alright'. The screws appear to cast metal and are very easy to break even with pilot holes.

String Retainers 

By Cunha, Bruno Henrique from Bras+¡lia-DF, Brasil
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 18, 2011

Made with excellent quality material. They provide an ideal lowering the strings. Necessary if you are riding a project like the Stratocaster.

very low quality screws

By Nathan from Arlington, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 29, 2011

Screwing these into piloted holes, and they still broke leaving metal bits in the head of my guitar. I've never seen screws so prone to breaking as these!

just what I needed

By SWMike from Culver City CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 28, 2011

I've installed a set of these on three different Telecaster necks, drilling pilot holes each time. They work well and look great. I especially like the two heights of spacers.

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