String Butler is a small but mighty device whose sole purpose is to correct the angles of your guitar strings as they pass through the nut. This isn’t an issue on certain models of guitars – most Fenders, for instance, where the string passes straight through to the machine head. But on Gibson Les Paul type headstocks, the center strings are at a steep angle to the nut, causing binding which in turn causes tuning issues. Ever wonder why you can’t get that G string to stay in tune on your LP? It’s the fact that it’s unwound and the angle is steep heading to the tuner. String Butler corrects this issue in a very clever way. No more G string binding (ouch)!
It’s one of those products that you can’t necessarily tell right away how much impact it’s having. But now that I’ve had it for a few months, I can say It’s definitely one of those products I wish I’d known about sooner!
I was initially surprised at the size of the device for the $, but I can attest that it’s very well made, light enough to be unobtrusive, and well designed enough that you’ll want one on every LP type headstock in your arsenal. Especially if you do a lot of high string bends.
String butler is designed and assembled in Germany, and I got mine on Amazon for about $47. It comes in several color options to make it easy to match your guitar. If you have an LP type guitar and have either center string binding or tuning issues, check this little guy out. Very clever solution to a very common problem.
Mfr Dietrich Parts
Approx $47 US at Amazon
Clutch‘s Neil Fallon posted on social media this week that though the band is taking some “sorely needed” post-tour time off, they’ve gotten bored and recorded some new songs. These songs will released over the course of the summer and called the “Weathermaker Vault Series”.
The first of these releases is a cover of “Evil” by Willie Dixon and damn but if it isn’t as good as any commercial Clutch release! Surprise, I know. Love these guys.
Brian Hood and Chris Graham are so smart and so full of modern business savvy that it knocks me off my feet. In fact, after listening to a few cherry-picked episodes of their Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, I was so blown away by their wisdom and advice that I went back and started at episode one, and am working my way through the entire series. And each episode rocks my world.
From setting up your website for success, to personal growth and integrity, there’s no stone left unturned. And the chemistry between the two is impressive as well — they’ve clearly become very good friends during their tenure as cohosts of the podcast. Brian is a mix engineer, Chris is a mastering engineer. Both are whip smart, well read, and busting with business savvy, which is something I have never been. They are my new mentors. My only problem now is pacing myself so I don’t try to implement all of their advice at once!
Important note: this podcast is roughly 80% about how to smartly run a small business and probably 20% or less about actual audio production. In fact, any creative or service-based entrepreneur, from graphic designer to songwriter, who is attempting to monetize their service in the modern world, would benefit from Brian and Chris’ weekly kick in the pants.
In addition to the podcast itself (and related YouTube channel), the weekly show notes include links and downloads and extra advice and resources, so all told it’s really like a free business school aimed at online entrepreneurs. I can’t recommend it highly enough!