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B-string retainer on a current Fender Am Dlx 5

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by raal, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. from reading a few reviews, it seems that Fender greatly improved their B-string definition using that little hook style retainer integrated in the tuning assembly stack.

    my current fiver would greatly benefit from this as it has a fairly low break angle at the nut on the E string, resulting in a somewhat less defined sound than the B or the A. It is also a neat mod as it does not require any additional drilling for new string tree.

    Is this fender B string retainer available from any hardware manufacturer - Hipshot or whatever?
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
  3. thanks for the link, certainly an option

    the kind i'm looking is referred to as the Strong-Arm string retainer or stealth retainer. Could not find any aftermarket or even Fender reseller for it,

    see B string tuning peg in Am Dlx 5
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    It appears to be built in the tuner itself. You would have to replace the entire B string tuner. Fender has a part number for the entire tuner assembly. Give them a call.

    My 2008 USA standard V does not have it. I find that I don't need it if I have enough downward wrappings on the B string around the peg. The new design just kind of "idiot-proofs" it in case people don't restring properly to create the proper downward angle behind the nut.
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