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Guitar String Retainers Chrome, set of 2

Chrome, set of 2

Item # 0171
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Guitar String Retainers Relic Nickel, set of 2

Relic Nickel, set of 2

Item # 0171-RN
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$5.86

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Guitar String Retainers Black, set of 2

Black, set of 2

Item # 0171-B
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$4.97

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Guitar String Retainers Gold, set of 2

Gold, set of 2

Item # 0171-G
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Guitar String Retainers

About This Item

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.

A better match on vintage guitars: the Relic Nickel plating has an aged look, perfect for repairing old guitars, when shiny hardware looks out of place.

Set of 2 includes: 2 string retainers with mounting screws, and spacers (short and tall). Use the short spacer for the E and 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 No.44 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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5.0

Nicer then what's generally available

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Most of the trees I've seen of this style are flimsy tin type material. These are a step above. You need a 5/64" pilot hole on these, and most other string trees, as well as a bit of soap to ease them in. You should never have to muscle any screws in guitar building.

5.0

Does what they are supposed to do...

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Its a string tree not much to say.. line it up make the spot pre drill the hole slowly and clean it then like all the screws I I use in a build put some soap wax chapstick or the like on the threads and screw it in back out a bit to clean then in till snug.. doesn't need to be close to tight at all..

5.0

String retainers

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Look I wanted on my Strats and Teles with great stability.

5.0

Perfect fit

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Perfect fit & color for my resto-mod

4.0

No issues

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Worked just fine on a Tele build

5.0

String retainers

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They worked fine for me.

1.0

Broken screw

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As posted by others, the screw head snapped off with little pressure. I honestly felt like I was just making it snug and it fell apart. I expect better from Stew-mac.

5.0

No issues - looks and works well.

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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.

5.0

They work and look great

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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.

1.0

Not traditional at all

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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.

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