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Guitar String Retainers Chrome, set of 2

Chrome, set of 2

Item # 0171
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$3.19

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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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$5.12

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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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2.0

String Retainer for Telecaster.

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1 Screw broke in half while tightening. I even drilled a pilot hole prior to tightening. Poor metal.
Retainer was fine however. This was the black retainer set.

5.0

Great Trees

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I have an early Electra. It is a great copy of an early sixties Strat that the previous owner put black hardware on, but was missing one tree. These are great. Excellent quality. looks and performance.

1.0

discontinue this cheap garbage stewmac

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Can i give a zero? I am incredibly angry right now, i made my first handmade guitar and it has gone off without a hitch until i tried to install these cheap Chinese string trees. Yeah same as above, i drilled a pilot hole and went to install the screw and snap. No resistance at all. Why would you sell such junk? Everybody here is willing to spend an extra buck to get quality parts. Now i am left to figure out how to fix this. WARNING do not buy this crap. I think i will be finding another supplier in general. I cant imagine anyone selling substandard parts for high prices.

5.0

Perfect

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I have used these on many of the custom guitars that I build - great quality and smooth perfornamnce

1.0

WARNING !!!!

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Do not use the screws provided ! Even with careful pre-drilling, these screws will snap with the slightest of resistance. In order for the tree to work properly it needs to be well secured into the wood of the headstock (to be able to hold onto the downward pressure of the strings) and so the screws need to bite into the wood...the problem is that just trying to achieve minimal bite will cause these terribly weak screws to snap. I guess that's why Stew-Mac sells the broken screw rescue kit, so you can fix the damage of their sub-par hardware. Again, THROW THE SCREWS OUT IMMEDIATELY and get some that are more solid, not made of useless weak metal.

5.0

Sometime Different Is Better?

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These retainers might not look as good as some, but there beauty is that they will perform better and they look fine...!

5.0

String Trees

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I have used these before and have been very happy with the results and had no hesitation about using them again

4.0

good trees but be cautioous

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Make special note that you get two screws, two brackets, but the two bushings are different sizes. That's easy to miss. Also, yes the screws are delicate. I was replacing an existing "tree" on a Fender Tele (it was really just a bracket and screw, clamped down to the wood), using the existing hole, and as soon as the screw met some resistance it broke off. I've never run into that before, even with smaller tuning peg screws. The brackets are definitely better than the stock ones on my MIM Fenders, just be careful.

5.0

Easy product review

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These look great and the screws are strong.

4.0

Do what they're meant to do

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These help maintain tuning stability on a Fender neck. Worth the few bucks.

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