Fender Strat Elite locking mechanism behind the nut

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  1. Terje79

    Terje79 Member

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    I recently purchased a used strat elite and it has 3 screw holes in the peghead right behind the nut. I know this is from some sort of string locking mechanism but I cannot find any info on what type was used there. If im not mistaken the kahler string locks use 4 screws to mount. Any Ideas on which one they used?
     
  2. John C

    John C Supporting Member

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    Fender had their own string lock for the Elite and Standard; I know there were a couple of Fender ads from 1983/84 that showed it. It also seems like it wasn't that useful and most owners removed them somewhere along the way.

    It was different from the Kahler; this is a really crappy photo I snagged from another site:

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    You can just see the Fender locking nut.

    Found another photo; still no good close-up:

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  3. Roodyrocker

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    I bought a Strat Elite new back in the early 80's and still have that guitar to this day. In the mid 80's I had a Kahler trem installed but before that my guitar had no locking nut at all.
     
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    I think they used a couple different string locks on those guitars. Some of them are uglier looking than others. You see a lot of them without any string locks at all.

    Jeff
     
  5. mc5nrg

    mc5nrg Supporting Member

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    In an effort to compete with locking trem mania some of the Fender Elite strats, later production I imagine, had a klunky behind the nut locking setup with fine tuners that stood up straight up off the headstock. They also sold this as an aftermarket item in the mid-eighties. Not having it on Elite strat is no great loss since they were pretty much an afterthought addition anyway.
     
  6. treeofpain

    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Some Elites had them and some didn't. I have owned several of these. they aren't bad functionally, but who really wants all that machinery on a strat headstock?
     
  7. Terje79

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    Yeah I agree, I was never really a fan of the behind the nut locking mechanisms and most likely will never put one back there. Just wondering if I ever decide to sell it If I would be better off having the original locking unit there instead of the screw holes...
     
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    If the guitar is in excellent shape then yeah having all the original parts is better. But if it's a players guitar it won't matter as much.

    Jeff
     
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    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    It won't hurt to watch eBay and pick up a locking nut cheap. Just stick it in the case for any future owners.
     

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