String Retainers and how many?

Mor Paul

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They are going to therapy as we speak.

What kind of help are we talking about? One should do it. What headstock?
 

ZGOZZ

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Max said:
They are going to therapy as we speak.

What kind of help are we talking about? One should do it. What headstock?
Just one on the e and the b string right?
 

Patrick from Davis

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Play the strings in open chords, like a G chord or an E chord and listen to the high strings.  If it sounds like they are not sitting down well and ringing true then put your first finger over the e, then the e and b, then the e b and g...  Figure out which ones are ringing, or buzzing or whatever the term is for this, and add a retainer to those strings.  By putting your finger over the string behind the nut it will pressure the string into the nut, like a retainer.  It is not always required, but the e and b needed it on my neck.
Patrick

 

dbw

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Some Squiers use two.  One should be enough if the nut is set up well.
 
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kreig

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I'm sure there will be one poster here that will make this their pet rocket science project, we're all waiting . . . :laughing8:
 

SkuttleFunk

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it all depends on which headstock - angled headstocks don't require any, a 3+3 headstock would most likely need just on on the middle two strings but could use two if you weren't getting enough pressure on the next outward pair, a 4 in-line uses one on the D & G strings (same with a 4+1)

for bass, I definitely prefer the Hipshot version above the Fender style button

easy enough, eh?

all the best,

R
 
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