The String Butler FAQ

Will The String Butler fit my guitar?

The String Butler is designed for guitars with 3 tuners on one side of the headstock and 3 on the other side (Gibson, Epiphone, Martin, Taylor, and many others). If your guitar has this pattern, but the strings already pass straight through the nut, then the String Butler won’t provide any benefit. (The PRS and Seagull brands are examples of guitars that will not benefit from The String Butler).

To determine which version will fit you guitar please read the “Will it work on my guitar?” section on the following page:  Link

Of what material is the String Butler Made?

The model guide does a great job of explaining the different versions available and the materials used. However, in general they are made of Steel or Clear Acrylic. The Steel versions are color chrome plated.

What is the difference between the V2, V3, and V4 Models?

The headstocks on guitars vary from model to model.  This means that we need different String Butler shapes to accommodate different guitars.   The V2 and V3 models both guide the innermost 4 strings and the V4 guides all 6 strings.  The V4 is designed for guitars with oversized headstocks like the Flying V and Gretsch Electromatic.  The oversized design causes significant bends in all 6 of the strings at the nut and so the V4 guides all 6 strings for these models.

For more info on the different String Butler models see the following one page overview:  Model Guide

To determine which version will fit you guitar please read the “Will it work on my guitar?” section on the following page:  Link

Alternatively, the following page provides a simple step by step process to find the version that works with you guitar:  Looking for a Unique and Innovative Gift for the Guitarist in your Life?

We also have an informative Blog post on the V2 vs the V3 Models.

Which version will fit my guitar?

To determine which version will fit you guitar please read the “Will it work on my guitar?” section on the following page:  Link

Alternatively, the following page provides a simple step by step process to find the version that works with you guitar:  Looking for a Unique and Innovative Gift for the Guitarist in your Life?

My guitar uses vintage Style Tuners with pressed-in bushings. how can i attach it to the headstock?

The String Butler is designed to be held down using the threaded, hex head, sleeves visible around the posts on most tuning machine heads. Machine heads that that use pressed-in sleeves don’t have this feature to use for retention of the part (If you are unsure if this applies to you, see the model guide). In this case you have several options:

  1. Adapter Kits: For Gibson and Epiphone Guitars we have adapter kits available. These kits replace the pressed-in sleeve with another sleeve that has a threaded feature and a nut to retain the String Butler. Visit the Vintage Adapter Kit page for more info. Please note that these kits can work with other guitar models but there is too much variation between guitar models and so we can’t provide a clear cross reference. If you remove one of your pressed-in sleeves and send us the measurements (you’ll need a caliper or micrometer for this) we will reply and confirm if one of the kits will work.
  2. Wood Screws: For other guitars you can attach the String Butler to the headstock using small wood screws in the position shown in the attached image. Note this isn’t a fully reversible upgrade and it should only be done by a skilled technician.
  3. Double Sided Tape: Lastly, you can attach The String Butler to the headstock of your guitar using double sided Scotch Command Damage Free Tape. This tape can be trimmed to match the shape of The String Butler. We recommend this version.

For options 2 and 3 The String Butler should be mounted in the position shown on the left side of the following graphic:

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The String Butler FAQ
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The String Butler FAQ
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Answers frequently asked questions about The String Butler.
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