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string ferrules....what 2 get

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by fender4life, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. fender4life

    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    I see all sorts of them on ebay and never having bought a body w/o them i have a couple questions.

    1-how standardized are they...any chance of getting a set that won't fit a fender classic 60s body?
    2-splined or smooth? I would think splined is the way to go, but there seem to be more smooth ones and both are available from fender so i'm wondering is there's something i might be missing.
    Thanks..
     
  2. _MementoMori_

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    You pound 'em in anyway, so I don't know how much the splines really add to their gripping power. I just installed some the other day for the first time and was kinda shocked at how tightly they fit. I thought my holes were too small at first, but they installed just fine with several FIRM smacks with a hammer.
     
  3. Steve Holt

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    I never assume that anything I buy even from the same vendors will be the same between purchases. I think the standard is 3/8" OD (totally a guess from memory) but I'd never drill the holes without having the ferrules in using in hand. As far as getting them to fit a body already drilled I can't help much.

    Smooth should do. They're always going to be under string tension (well almost always) so I can't see the benefit of adding splines.
     
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  4. fender4life

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    I figured maybe splined are a hair wider so the splines will cut into the wood and hold better. Just thinking back to a tele i had where one of them kept falling out. I secured it with a dab of white glue IIRC.
     
  5. Steve Holt

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    Yeah I can see that.
     
  6. ejphotos

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    There are a couple different sizes. The most common Fender American/Mexican one is 5/16". Asian bodies may use a different size.
     
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    Oh, and try not to hammer them in. They are press in. Impact from hammer can damage stuff and knock the ferrules out of round.
    Take the head of the hammer or other heavy hard object, and press the ferrule down into the body. It'll go in.
     
  8. fender4life

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    Thanks, I'll make sure they show the diameter.
     
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    I knocked mine in with a 3" x 3" wood tapping block. It did a good job of dampening yet evenly distributing the force of the hammer impact. I just had to shield the body around the ferrules during the install.
     
  10. Lucius Paisley

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    Pretty certain they're only meant to sit in place, if you need to "bash them in", they're the wrong size.
     
  11. Collin D Plonker

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    I usually buy Fender ones, but for my last build I used Philadelphia Luthier Supply house brand. They were fine, and cheaper. They have top ferrules too.
     
  12. Tuxedo Poly

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    Classic Series - these should fit
    Fender Vintage-Style Telecaster® String Ferrules 0994918000
     
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    So impressed we haven’t wandered into the weeds yet. Well done, guys! No one is claiming brass sounds better than xyz, and no one is smacking anyone with hammers. Yet.
     
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