Ferrules are a fairly
basic piece of hardware once you look into them; they are simply small metal “cups”
which hold the ball end of the string in place as it is fed through the back of
the guitar. The advantages compared to a “string though top” setup are pretty
wide ranging, but the main attraction is that they allow the strings movement
to resonate more efficiently through the wood of the guitars body, giving a much
more honest tone to the sound, really emphasising that classic Tele® snap and
twang that has proven so popular in recent decades.
We use a cast steel to
produce these ferrules, making them fairly hard compared to some of the cheaper
zinc models on the market, this means that the string will never damage your
ferrules, and the dense nature means you’ll hear a slightly brighter tone
overall, with a little more sustain, in a similar way to a steel block working
on the higher end Fender ® Stratocaster®
As we always try to do
with our own brand parts, we’ve produced them in a much wider range of colours
then many other manufacturers, giving you a greater level of customisation on
This style of string
ferrule has been used on Fender® Telecaster ®, almost exclusively since the
1950s and whilst these are not the original model, they would be an ideal
replacement, produced to the same high quality as to not look out of place even
on the highest end guitar.
Originally, the Ferrules
where fitted into small “recessed” holes on the back of the Tele® so the lipped
edge sat flush with the back of the guitar – this setup ran from 1950, on the
very first models, right through until 1966.
From 1966 until 1984,
the ferrules where no longer fitted into a recess, just a small hole, with the lip
actually sitting proud – thankfully the part didn’t actually change, but the
way it was fitted did, so its worth bearing in mind if you’re dealing with
guitars from this period, or historic re-issues emulating them, that this is
After 1984, with the
emphasis back on “the good old days” the recessed holes were re-introduced.
It’s also worth
considering that although these are the most common form of ferrule in use on
most string through body guitars, there are exceptions.
These ferrules are
designed to fit Fender ® Guitars including the Telecaster ®, Esquire® and
Nashville ® as well as some models fitted with hard tail bridges such as the
Stratocaster®, but please note, these are not official Fender ® parts.
Fender ® Stratocaster ® Telecaster® and Tele® are
registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and Axesrus
® has no affiliation with FMIC