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Where to install the string tree?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by gtech, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. gtech

    gtech Friend of Leo's

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    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?

    Thanks,

    Gilles
     
  2. NewOldStock

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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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    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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  5. Pete Galati

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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

    Pete
     
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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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    Wherever it goes, I use a spacer to give me the minimum string break angle over the bridge.
    And I only ever have one.
     
  8. gtech

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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 :p

    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 :oops:

    Gilles
     
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    +1
     
  10. gtech

    gtech Friend of Leo's

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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 :D

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

    Gilles
     
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    It ain't rocket science....

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  12. gtech

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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.

    [​IMG]

    Gilles
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2007
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