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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Stock string tree on MIM Standard Tele

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Oct 8th, 2016 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My new MIM Standard came with the bog standard single string tree (the rectangular "winged" type for lack of a better description) not the "button" type.

That's all fine & good as that's what is shown on the Fender website. But my question is with the way it was fixed. It was screwed down to the headstock without a spacer. Does that sound right?

I've never seen this type of string tree used without a spacer.
The pre-nut break angle seemed quite extreme to me.

I changed mine to a barrel type but mainly for aesthetic preference not performance reasons, it does lessen the break angle though.

Any observations or experiences on this one?

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Oct 9th, 2016 12:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While the angle looks extreme, I can't say that I can tell the difference.

I personally like

these things.

Mick Reid
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Oct 9th, 2016 04:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Piney. I have some of the button ones too. As I said, I just like the look of the barrel type and I find the buttons tedious to get lined up 'cause I can't see the grooves underneath.

Also as you've said, I didn't notice any difference sonically or performance-wise when I swapped them (nor did I expect any).
I've just always set strings trees up so they made the break angles sort of equal.

edit to add: I just thought it looked odd not having a spacer under the tree bit. Never seen it before.
I mean, leaving them out *can't* be *that* significant a cost benefit.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:08 AM, Oct 9th, 2016)

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