A String Retainer

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by HiEnd Basses, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    I'm looking at a particular Vintage Fender P with an A String Retainer on it. Since most of the Basses that I play do not have this, I'm asking is this a good feature to have? Is it just for style, like the famous "Tug Bar" that is obsolete? Just wondering what anyone's thoughts are about it.
  2. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    If the A string has issues with buzz after a good setup it will do wonders.
    If not it's just decoration.
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  3. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Not sure when they started using these. But I would say it has more value than looking fancy. I recently bought one for my Adam Clayton Jazz Bass, because i was getting alot of un-wanted string buzz from my A string. There was not enough angle from nut to tuner. I was all ready to use it when I tried some suggestions about defining my witness points, and after some adjustment the problem was remedied. Otherwise, I would have most certainly needed the string retainer. I'm keeping it just in case. :thumbsup:
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  4. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    It definitely serves a purpose and helps with the consistency of break angles across all strings. You'll get those guys who say "I've played Fenders for 40 years and never had a problem", but a lot of people - either due to A string buzz issues or just getting a bass that has one - will tell you that it's preferable to not having it.

    Adding a 2nd round one isn't the most elegant solution, mind you, but it's better than having your strings splayed at al different angles over your headstock.
  5. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    You either remember to get as many string wraps as possible on the A string tuner or you use a string retainer. They both serve the same purpose so there's no right/wrong method.
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