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Guitar String Retainers Chrome, set of 2

Chrome, set of 2

Item # 0171
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$3.35

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Guitar String Retainers Relic Nickel, set of 2

Relic Nickel, set of 2

Item # 0171-RN
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$6.15

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Guitar String Retainers Black, set of 2

Black, set of 2

Item # 0171-B
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$5.22

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Guitar String Retainers Gold, set of 2

Gold, set of 2

Item # 0171-G
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$5.38

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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

Old Fashion Fender style string retainers.

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These string retainers have fallen out of favor with lots of musicians over the last 30 years.
I use these when I'm building a vintage style guitar. They look correct, and work very well when lubricated correctly. Roller type string retainers are now the common type seen on most instruments. Both of these types have to be lubricated in order to work properly. Yes, the roller type too !
I use the roller type when the instrument has a tremolo bridge.
The string retainers that StewMac sells are the ones that have a slight bend in them. These are correct ! The string rides on the smooth bended portion of the under side. Very slick when lubed. Some companies sell string retainers that are flat. The string rides on the forward and back edge, and sticks because of the friction of the string at the edges. Lubrication doesn't help this. I think these are the culprit for the dislike of this type of string retainer. Also the spacers are there to keep the retainer at the correct height, so that the edges of the retainer don't gouge into the string. I have seen many Fender type guitars with no spacers under the string trees. Even with these bent one, that causes the edges to scrape on the string !!! Bad tuning ! Extra friction. Use the spacers!!
I like these string spacers because they are vintage-correct, for my beautiful Telecasters. They work perfectly for non-trem. guitars. JW

1.0

Aluminium screws not acceptable

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You should not supply aluminium wood screws for use in wood with a janka rating that of hard maple. Even with pilot holes this screw snapped in half leaving me with a wrecked peg head. Stainless steel or I'm not purchasing again.

3.0

cheap

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The screw head broke off and I wasn't using a power drill I was using my screw diver from stumac

5.0

great quality

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Excellent service and fast shipment

5.0

Keith @ Shakerag, KY

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Item works great! As advertised and shipping was very quick

5.0

Retainers

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Nice quality retainers. They look great on my guitar.

5.0

Guitar String Retainers

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Perfect fit, quality product, fast delivery.

4.0

All Good

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Verified Buyer


Have not used them yet, but they will work fine (unless one drills the hole wrong, etc.).

1.0

Screws

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Screws are cheap and break easily. I predrilled holes and heads came off two.

5.0

Nice quality, lots of gloss ~

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These really came in handy with the flat headstock(s) we ended up using on our custom build going over to UK - Almost a necessity without a tilt-back (Photo = with & without for comparison). They have plenty of glossy finish on 'em which matched the Black nitro-cellulose lacquer nicely. We are very pleased with the results!

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 75 See Guitar String Retainers
on page 75 of our StewMac Digital Catalog



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