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.

Use #1712 bit to install the Roller String Retainers:

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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.


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.


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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.

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