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Hipshot string tree installation on J-Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by fenderhordes, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. fenderhordes


    Apr 8, 2013
    I'm replacing the stock string tree on my Jazz Bass with the Hipshot 3-string retainer. Now that I bought it, how do I install it?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    There's literally two screws.
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  3. Put it in about the same position as the one being replaced and insure it encompasses the G, D, and A strings equally. Then use a pointed object such as an icepick etc to start a hole and put the screws in place.
    That is it
  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    It can't go where the original string tree went because that is beside the A tuner, to far back to capture the A string. It has to be put midway between the the E and A tuners, making the original string tree hole visible. IMO that Hipshot tree is a really poor design. Consider modifying it by drilling holes through the tree where the strings can be fed into the tree and then cutting the screw tabs off.
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  5. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    Highly suggest you predrill the holes to the correct size and depth.
  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    And lube the screws with bar soap.
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  7. Callused Finger

    Callused Finger

    Feb 22, 2007
    New York
    Yes, definitely that too.
  8. Thanks for the information. I stand corrected :)
  9. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    For location I just eyeball it. I prefer the triples even on a 4 because the A string can buzz sometimes if the nut isn't cut perfectly.

    In my usual location the strings will hold it in place while drilling the first hole.

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  10. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    I use this style, as they don't restrict the movement of the string (as much) while tuning.
    IMO, of course.

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    Roller T String Retainer for Bass, Black
  11. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I love this guy's sense of humor... serious.
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