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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to install the string tree?

I am still to figure out the best place to install a round spacer type string tree on a headstock, and after checking different Teles, I noticed the location varies a lot.

They go from the 5th tuner position to the 2nd one.

I wanted to install it in the middle of the 1st or 2nd string length on the headstock but the angle doesn't look correct, even if that the locations I used when I installed 2 string trees.

But I will install only 1 string tree on this one.

What's your opinion about that?

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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just copied the Tele Deluxe's position when I recently did mine. No real reason, I guess.

Things to consider on location-
Are you a behind-the-nut bender?
Will it interfere with any decal placement?
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have a look at "the bible" at the various ones from various years. Pick the year closest to the style of your Tele and that's where to put it.
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Fender installed them across from the A tuner on a lot of guitars. I've done that a few times. A lot of people put them more or less across from the G tuner. I did that once, and it worked ok, but it was in the way for string changes.

So I've been putting the string tree across from the D tuner, and on a spacer lately. That would probably be in the way if you want to use a decal though.

I imagine that the farther away from the nut that you put the string tree, the stretchier the strings will be. I put a spacer under the string tree so there isn't a hard angle break over the nut

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Old April 3rd, 2007, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i prefer it adjacent to the G string's tuner....leaves more room for behind the nut bends....
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 04:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wherever it goes, I use a spacer to give me the minimum string break angle over the bridge.
And I only ever have one.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 04:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I forgot to add that I was also looking for a practical reason to install it in one place compared to another one.

I suppose the Tele I built should be considered more for a '62 replica than a '52 because of the '62 pickup I installed in it. But it's all in my head I suppose. I can very well imagine I built one from another year and still be happy

And in '62, the string tree, which was not a spacer anymore, was more beside the A (or D) string than the G string as in the '50s.

Thanks for the good and bad sides of the different locations. And thanks for the idea of using a spacer. I forgot that I could use one to change the string break angle

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Old April 3rd, 2007, 04:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i prefer it adjacent to the G string's tuner....leaves more room for behind the nut bends....
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 09:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Being a converted Strat player, these things are not yet automatic... I was using something else for that. But I admit that I started to bend the strings up there from time to time. It was more like a reflex than something deliberate. I just had to do it

So, yes. I think I should also keep this in mind...

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Pick the year closest to the style of your Tele and that's where to put it.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Just an update about the string tree.

I decided to go the old '50s way. And at the same time it looks different than the other Teles I have.



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