Fender String-Through Ferules, Loose/Falling Out
I own a 2011 Fender Am Dlx P, and a 2012 Am Dlx J, (both bought new), and not long after buying the P, I changed the strings, (to flats, what else), and I was surprised when all the ferules fell out of the back of the body when I removed the strings.
Not a big deal. Just letting others know that if you don't string through the body, make sure you know if the ferules are tight. Otherwise, you my lose them if you don't notice it right away.
I recently sent an e-mail to FMIC to see if these ferules are designed to stay in place when there are no strings holding them in place.
Here is the response:
Sometimes with weather changes materials can expand and contract and in this case sometimes these can become loose just from normal operation and vibration as they are just put in by pressure from the factory and we canít have them in their super tight or it will crack the finish. If these have loosened up on you and you wish to string this through the bridge then our recommendation would be to apply a small amount of wood glue to the sides of the ferrule and that should hold fine while the string is not in the slot. However, if you choose to go back and forth between the options you would want to confirm the stability as not to lose them or have them have the off chance of rattling around in the case with the instrument.
I really like these basses, and consider this to be a minor annoyance. I would have preferred that they are firmly fixed in place, but wood does move.
I will glue mine in next time I unstring them, but I probably will not use wood glue, because I don't trust it to adhere to the metal ferule.
So, if you have a string through the body, or bridge option Fender, and decide to string through the bridge, and not the body, check the ferules to make sure they are not loose.
Same issue with my American standard. But since I do string through its a non issue. I'm sure just a dab of glue would correct the problem.
Same here, but I string through the body.
The new thing on my P-Bass is the ones that support the tuning key holes are loose and rattle (not sure what you call them). I thought it was a stripped or loose truss rod at first. but found out what it was.
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