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What does the string tree do?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sonorous, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
  2. I'm pretty sure it ensures proper break angle over the nut for the D and G strings.
  3. i was expecting:
    "it grows strings, silly"
  4. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    Ok, well then my next question is... what does the break angle do? (I know what it is, what does it effect?)
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    The easiest answer is that it prevents the string from popping out of the nut slot, an otherwise common problem with non angled headstocks.
  6. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    Thank you, also thank you for correcting my grammar. I was never sure which was right.
  7. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    It also keeps the string from making an obnoxious boooooiiiiiiiiiiiing sound when you play open strings. :)

  8. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Compensates for bad design.
  9. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    ^Or on the other hand, is really good design.
  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    also, while bigger strings are not as flexible, raises the action a wee bit at the fisrt few positions, making for less buzz