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Do the open strings buzz or sound wimpy on your Fender-style guitar? Maybe the problem lies at the headstock.

String trees are tiny and often go unnoticed, but they play a vital role on flat, Fender-style headstocks. Also called string retainers or guides, they secure the first two (or sometimes four) strings between the nut and tuners. Photo 1 shows a guitar configured with two “butterfly" string trees holding down the top four strings.

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