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Roller String Retainers for Guitar, Set of 2

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Roller String Retainers for Guitar, Set of 2

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Roller String Retainers for Guitar, Set of 2

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Patented rollers help eliminate tuning problems and reduce string breakage.

Mounting screws included.

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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5.0

Better playing

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My strings are smoother and better feel the best up grade

5.0

Quality product. No issues. Easy Install

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When I rebuilt my tele-clone, I swapped out the regular trees for these rollers. This was about 4 years ago, and they are standing the test of time. I have had no issues with these rollers whatsoever. I am not sure how much they actually "roll", but I'm certain that the rounded edge puts less strain on the strings than the original trees with the sharp edge. Installation was easy - just used the existing string holes. I would buy again.

5.0

Nice quality roller string tree

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The placement is the only concern. The body of the roller is so fat that it nearly touches the string on each side. Be sure to have clearance on each side of the roller frame before tightning the screw. I am satisfied...

3.0

too tall

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These were way too tall on my strat and barley put any tension on strings...kinda look out of place as well...almost ugly...I was excited about them but its more of a novelty thing, then truly useful...i doubt my strings were getting hung up on my metal trees. The tone and sustain I lost in the b and e string just made it not worth it...maybe if they were cut in half..That being said if I was building a brand new guitar these might come in handy dep on style of guitar maybe a metal style guitar..these would look right..all black and chrome...

5.0

Fabulous

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These string retainers work fabulous and are easy to install. Great service by Stew Mac again!

3.0

looks good

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this product looks good but I went back to the original tree , the roller appears to require a height setting to make it work

1.0

Check your specs!

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I have two Squires that I bought these for, both with Classic Vibe '60s necks.

The string spacing is a bit more narrow on these Squires than a US made strat and so the spacing of the roller trees isn't exactly right. In addition to this, the base of the plastic tree is too wide and so pushes the string off a true straight line from the tuner to the nut.

What's more, the tree height is fairly high as is and changes the feel of the tension on the strings as compared to the conventional tree. This lessening of string angle behind the nut could arguably lead to less tone/sustain. -You may now commence arguing amongst yourselves on that one! ;)

What is beyond argument is that it definitely slackened the perceivable tension on the high B and E strings of my guitar.

Of course being plastic it could be sanded down, I suppose, but at this price point it is easier to just buy something that works.

In the end I think another tree would be a far better option for anyone with a non-US string spacing.

I believe I will be going back to a Graphtech Tusc tree.

4.0

Offer metal roller trees instead of plastic.

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I really wish these were stainless or aluminum. Something about plastic makes it feel like it reduces the guitars value.

4.0

String trees

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I just put these on 2 of my guitars; one is a Nashville Tele on which I have replaced the stock "vintage" style tuners and bridge. The posts on the Schaller M6 tuners I used were a bit long, so this one required 2 trees. These trees are a bit on the tall side but are relatively easy to grind the base off to shorten them if needed, and so far, so good. The other guitar is a Frankenstrat that started out life as a 1994 Fender Roadhouse but now has new neck, bridge, electronics and tuners. I was able to get the correct string angle from the nut to the posts on the first 2 strings without modifying the tree. Seems to be pretty much frictionless now.

5.0

wow

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i love these little tiny roller string retainers.. especially on my 2 fender strats, they are the only retainers that i found that wont de-tune my "g" string. i did have to lube the rollers up with plain chap stick lip balm (but that goes without saying when it comes to any metal on metal items) also i did find myself winding my "g" string backwards around the tuning machine.(suggested by the fender factory rep)...all in all, with any other string retainer the "g" string would easily de-tune... thanks stew mac for having these on hand.... i would absolutely recommend these to anyone!!!

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