A. Fender P- or J-Bass string
retainer OR PRS strap button ©Premier Guitar, 2010. Puzzle by Murray Jackson
This style retainer has been used by Fender since 1952 with a few variations along the way.
As the story goes, when Paul Reed Smith started building guitars, he could not find a style of
strap button to his liking. His version of the story is that he took the string retainers off of 2
or 3 Fender basses from the music store that he was doing repairs for at the time, and used
them as “strap buttons” on the guitars that he was building on the side.
Thanks to Tim Mullaly at Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Crosse, WI for providing this month’s
“What the heck is that?” mystery item.
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