String Ferrule Issue

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Fendereedo, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    Just restrung my Nashville Tele, and when loosening off the strings and cutting them, the low E Ferrule popped out. Looks like the hole is slightly bigger than the Ferrule that fits inside. I added a dab of wood glue in then restrung the rest of the guitar. Is there a more permanent fix for this problem if it happens again? Thanks in advance
     
  2. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    sorry not much help- I've had teles that this happened to. I so rarley change strings that I don't worry about it
     
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  3. Smiff

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    It won’t drop out when it’s strung up and under tension. Just don’t lose it while restringing and you’ll be fine.
     
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    a little super glue will work as well. It just means your tele is drying out a little and getting more mojo!!
     
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    I think I will go the super glue route next time I change strings. Thanks all! ;)
     
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    Clear nail polish will work too.
     
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  7. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Meister

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    this seems to be a common problem of older teles - body drying/ferrules slipping out.

    side story

    long time ago (20+ years) my '73 Tele Custom dropped a couple of ferrules.
    So I go over to the local geetar shop and look for new ones.
    Shop keeper says 'bring me your old ones I'll give ya new ones free'
    Me, being mostly broke and young and dumb, did just that.

    My 2c - at the time it was probably a fair trade, but now knowing that they were worth more as OEM parts, and said chop shop keeper was taking advantage of my naivete', I would recommend anyone with a 'vintage' or classic guitar to consider a dab of wood glue.
     
  8. strat a various

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    The wood glue will hold them fine
     
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    heltershelton Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    you could also wrap masking tape around the ferrule, cut off the excess, and tap it back in.
     
  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    Two threads about Tele ferrule issues!

    I never knew about this little headache, till today.
    I've owned 3 Teles ( back to mid '80's ?) and no loose ferrules; the Superglue or fingernail polish fix seems like a good idea.
    Always learning...
     
  11. Fendereedo

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    Yes, seems to have worked fine. I only used a small amount on a cotton swab. Worked just fine.
     
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    I always just fed the string through the ferrule then the body, and let tension keep it in place.
     
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    I'd avoid super glue. Cyanomethacrylate outgasses as it cures. It leaves a residue that is VERY difficult to remove on anything the vapor comes in contact with. It will be noticable on glossy finishes. I'd put a thin film of 5 minute epoxy inside the hole next time I restring. There is nothing in epoxy adhesives that outgasses. Press in the ferrule and wipe away any residue. Don't restring through that ferrule for a few hours. A string that can't be removed is a much bigger problem than a ferrule that slips out.
     
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