Fender USA string trees - why do they ping and can you cure it ?

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The question is in the title.

The pingy and scratchy sound is obvious when attempting behind the nut bends.
Is this a common thing or can you fix it without replacing the tree ?
This happens on all my Fender Teles.
 

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That Cal Webway

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The question is in the title.

The pingy and scratchy sound is obvious when attempting behind the nut bends.
Is this a common thing or can you fix it without replacing the tree ?
This happens on all my Fender Teles.

Yep. 100% . I might order the triple string tree from Reverend guitar

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The question is in the title.

The pingy and scratchy sound is obvious when attempting behind the nut bends.
Is this a common thing or can you fix it without replacing the tree ?
This happens on all my Fender Teles.
I think you're nuts.

No wait, I think it's your nuts binding.

No wait, I doubt it's the string trees.

I lube my nuts with lip balm. On traditional string trees I also use the balm but have never needed to on the modern American trees.
 

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It's almost certainly the nut slots binding. Judicious work with a nut file, or a bit of fine sandpaper, but take care unless you want to ruin the nut.

Lubing it with a VERY small amount of vaseline or Big Bends Nut Sauce will help, but it won't last.
 

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You’re both wrong guys.
I’ve just swapped it out for a Fender Elite string tree, and it’s now silent.

It was nothing to do with the nut.

All my Fenders with those trees have the same issue. Therefore they cannot all have dodgy B and E string slots.

It’s definitely those crappy string trees.
 

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I've used Vaseline and ChapStick, still occurs.
The nut is cut gd. Graphite in slots
Polished that area of the string tree too.

Glad to see the op has found a solution!!

(I do a massive amount of wide interval string bending)
 

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Reverend headstocks must have a deeper cut from the level of the fretboard, because that string tree is way too tall to be useful on a Fender style neck. Ask me how I know this.

If I see that grinding it down won't do the trick I'll probably send it back then.

Thank you for the heads up!
 

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My 2016 Deluxe Nashville has that same tree and does the same thing. I'm a Jerry Reed and Donohue fan.

That means behind the nut bends. I've got a round vintage tree laying around. I'll get a little nylon spacer and replace the current one.

Been meaning to do this for some time. Life just somehow gets in the way.
 

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The pingy and scratchy sound is obvious when attempting behind the nut bends.
Never heard of it. You are playing between the nut and the tuners ala SRV? Isn't the 'ping' what you want in that situation?
 




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