Why doesn't Fender glue the string caps on the back of the guitar?

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  1. Ira7

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    String caps is a clever nickname, but I prefer Ball End String Retainer Overcoats.
     
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    That's what I use, but I put it in thick enough to make the hole a bit tighter, let it dry, then press the string guide/ferrule in. If it needs to be removed later (refinish, repair, change ferrules) it will pop out with not much effort.
     
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    Same thing here and I have owned around sixty teles throughout the years
     
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    Well...you've owned fifty-eight more than me.....
    I have owned a few other types that used the ferrules on the back.
     
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    My Fender American Jazz bass has the same ferrules on the back that are tight and never come out. But I have seen many Tele's that they are loose.
     
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    I'm in the never had one fall out camp.

    Built several partscasters and had to hammer them in with a dowel.

    Let's assume they fell out at the factory too when assembling the guitar. If they did, it seems they would address the situation somehow.

    Maybe that's too much to ask for these days.

    Too many people with the "can't see it from my house" attitude.
     
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    I'm in the camp that wood expands and contracts with the weather; what fits good and snug at the factory may get loose depending upon the guitar's permanent home is.
     
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    Yeah... I think that if people changed strings more frequently, there'd be more notice of this, on some guitars.
    Then it'd be more like the "jack cup" cheapness that "everybody" knows is better superseded by the electrosocket style.

    Me? I just want 'em to flush fit the dang things! There's something about that lip sitting above the body that just screams "cheap & unfinished" to me. And I'm OK with that machined bar that takes the place of all the ferrules, and gets inset into the body back as an alternative. (No need to address the different "tone" changes that metal type makes there... but I'm guessing changes of mass and density could cause as much effect there as different metals used for..... a saddle?!)
     
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    Huh-huh---huh - You said "Ferrules"
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    A top loader bridge is always an alternative ! Just sayin.
     
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    You know I actually played in a Willie Nelson Tribute band with a guy who played strings into a sonic horror show and believed exactly that!

    His guitar sounded like a sitar with packing tape on the strings, but he could not be convinced that worn out strings were his problem.
     
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    excellent name, can shorten it to besros like this:

    Although my 2004 has a Bigsby on it and I no longer run the strings through the body none of the besros have ever fallen out, maybe paint was thicker back then.
     
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    I have never experienced this issue...but I've never had a Tele without the flush mounted ferrules.

    The solution, IMO, is knurling the ferrules, not gluing them in.
     
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    First string change on my '01 American series saw the high E ferrule fall out.
    I reinstalled it with a dot of regular old Elmer's glue. No problem with anything else.
    I thought it was kinda janky that it would fall out like that. That and the fact that my frets were covered with some kind of flaky stufff that the factory could have polished off.
    Whatever.
     
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    Heresy!
     
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  19. Ira7

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    I never had one pop out either, and I’m a lousy builder using cheap GFS bodies.
     
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    I would imagine if you keep your guitars in a somewhat controlled environment, as I have over the years. House to car to gig to car to house. I never leave them in the car overnight, no matter what time of year.

    You shouldn't experience enough expansion and contraction to allow the ferrules to come out.

    My '51 has survived all these years with no problem with the ferrules. And no problems with any others either.

    If your environmental conditions are that variable to allow that much variation in a relatively sealed instrument. You might look at changing how you store your guitar.

    Your truss rods must get a good workout if the wood is changing to that degree.

    They must not make them like they used to.
     
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