Locking Nut String Retainer Bar Adjustment

Locking Nut String Retainer Bar Adjustment

You know the string retainer bar? Also known as the ‘dammit-I-forgot-to-put-the-string-under-it bar’. 
It’s that little thing on the headstock, between your nut and tuners. The strings install under it. 


You’ll find them most often on guitars with locking tremolo systems like Floyd Rose and Ibanez Edge bridges, and, on these instruments, it's important that it's properly adjusted.

String break-angle at nut - A Primer

String break-angle at nut - A Primer

So, I want to talk about a few tips related to string ‘break angle’ — the angle the string takes over the nut or saddle. However, I reckon that it might be useful to explain what I mean and to give a little background on this area first. 

Let's start with the break angle at the nut — that's the angle at which the string leaves the nut and heads for the tuner.

Setup FAQ: Setting up for Dropped Tunings

Setup FAQ: Setting up for Dropped Tunings

If you play in dropped tunings or you detune your guitar, you'll probably want to give some thought to the instrument's setup. Do you set up for the dropped or standard tuning? What sort of setup adjustments should you worry about. What's the low-down? 

Get it? Low-down. Ha. Click through for more info and fewer jokes. 

Setup FAQ: Do I need a different setup for slide?

Setup FAQ: Do I need a different setup for slide?

You've got a guitar you don't play much and you reckon you might use it for a bit of bottleneck. Wondering if you need to do anything to set it up differently?

Well, you could just go at it and persevere through the clunks of slides of frets until you're Duane Allman. That's definitely valid. Most of us will find things a little easier if we make a couple of adjustments.