String trees make a big difference in the tone of a Strat or Telecaster.
Often overlooked, string trees are an integral but small piece of equipment for your flat headstock-style guitar or bass to play properly.
The guitar’s head stock determines whether or not string trees are needed. A tilt back style has the necessary design to eliminate their use, however a flat head stock instrument such as a Stratocaster or Telecaster makes string trees necessary.
Get Better Tone
Using String trees change the pressure that comes from the strings to the nut, so the higher the pressure, the better your tone. The two double “butterfly” metal trees are for the D,G,B and high E strings. Place them in a way that will allow “behind the nut” string bending, if you’d like.
Very small things can make a huge difference in how your instrument responds and sounds. Adding them is easy to do and not expensive. Maybe you can try them and see if you like the result of having them. They could possibly give you some tone you’re now missing. They add string pressure to the nut, and prevent unwanted buzzing sounds. Other Benefits Of String Trees include better tuning stability. The necessary downward tension they provide allows for a more accurate tuning of the strings as well.
When the energy leaves the strings, causing the sound volume to decrease. Strings are prevented from losing energy through the use of string trees, which ensure that downward pressure is maintained and energy maintained. Try them soon and notice a difference. If you are unsure about your abilities, take your guitar to a professional luthier or repair tech.