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UkuleleHill
11-09-2009, 09:34 PM
I tried this on one of my ukuleles and ironed out the kinks and found the right knot. So I tried it again tonight and did it in 10 min!

What you do is get 4 tiny beads as small as you can find and your C string will still fit through. Then you put a bead on each string and on the A and G string tie a
The Double Overhand Stopper Knot (http://www.animatedknots.com/doubleoverhand/index.php?Categ=climbing&LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com) and on the C and E string tie an overhand knot.

String the strings through the brdge and tuner as normal and tighten as normal. Cut off excess and you will end up with the bridge looking something like this:

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd32/AHill45424/IMAG0044.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd32/AHill45424/IMAG0041.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd32/AHill45424/IMAG0045.jpg

Pharmaceutical.Bandit
11-09-2009, 10:30 PM
neat idea!

personally think this is too much work and knots might be too much for my chubby fingers lol. i think this is just as tedious as the regular way, if not more.

might be good though, if you have extra sets of strings and want to set em up beforehand. this way, the next time you can swap out quickly.

buddhuu
11-09-2009, 10:34 PM
It's certainly a neat job, UkuleleHill. Looks very tidy, and I'm sure plenty of people will find it a practical solution.

Personally, though, I'm quite fond of the traditional tie-bar arrangement... And I'd lose tiny things like beads! :D

cornfedgroove
11-10-2009, 03:30 AM
yeah that does look cool...but I'm with buddhuu, I'm a fan of the traditional aesthetic. Besides, my beastly kids would probably eat the beads! lol

flyingace
11-10-2009, 04:01 AM
I'm with Buddhuu too, traditionalist. Now if I can ever afford one of the K models that has bridge pins....that's what I want!

jinny
11-10-2009, 04:31 AM
I thought it was pretty darned neat and clean when I first saw it done. I think Ian (ichadwick) does that on some of his ukes, I seem to remember a Cedar top Pono and a cigar box uke from his review page employed that technique... the Pono had cool blue beads. It looked cool and gave it a little bit of a customized look.

I haven't had much complaints about the more traditional ways of stringing, but I would consider it if it was convienent... meaning, if I happen to have some beads available to me when I need to string up my uke... It seems like a good chance to add some bling and it looks like it might save the bridge from getting those indents in the wood from the strings.

donnysch
11-10-2009, 04:33 AM
A friend of mine just re-stung her classical guitar, the strings she got came with little beads to do just this sort of thing.

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 11:19 AM
It seems like a good chance to add some bling and it looks like it might save the bridge from getting those indents in the wood from the strings.

That was one of the things I liked about it :) But is is MUCH faster to switch out strings like this... But I don't have anything against the traditional way at all!

thejumpingflea
11-10-2009, 11:20 AM
That was one of the things I liked about it :) But is is MUCH faster to switch out strings like this... But I don't have anything against the traditional way at all!

How did you get to nearly 6 thousand posts?! :eek: :O

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Apparently by typing things like is is instead of it is...

camface
11-10-2009, 02:33 PM
Do the beads damage the bridge at all? I feel like with all that tension, the beads could start to dig in to the bridge.

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 03:55 PM
Nope, I have not noticed that at all with either of the ukuleles I have done this too.

DeG
11-10-2009, 04:06 PM
No bead buzz?

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 04:34 PM
No bead buzz?

Nope not that I have heard at all. The beads I used are round, so the actual touching to the bridge is minimal...

deach
11-10-2009, 05:01 PM
Looks too neat for me. I like my stringz wild.

experimentjon
11-10-2009, 05:01 PM
How did you get to nearly 6 thousand posts?! :eek:

Holy cow!? When did that happen!?

But I thought there was an advantage to using the tie bridge like it was designed? Something about better string to bridge transfer?

UkuleleHill
11-10-2009, 07:03 PM
Looks too neat for me. I like my stringz wild.

If you don't cut them they look way wild :) But hey its not for everyone... :D

rock_and_roll_camera
11-11-2009, 03:00 AM
Wow, this is really interesting! I had a similar idea myself. I,ve only got a low-end uke at the mo and its got to the point now were I think a string change is required. I kinda didn't know how best to do it, my uke bridge is different from that shown though.

Mine has a grove along the bottom of it, into which the knotted strings are placed, with the rest of the string going up through a small slit and over the saddle etc. I don't know if thats the best way to describe it but I was worried my knots would be utterly crap and undo?

Well anyway, for some strange reason I always keep the little rings that you get on the end of guitar strings. Don't ask me why, it just seemed a waste to throw them out? Guess I thought I could make a cool bit of jewellery with them, or customise a strap or something?

Well anyway, I was gonna do it on this uke, but though it is cheap, I don't really wanna damage it. I've taken this on holiday and everything, kinda wanna keep doing that for as long as possible!? Will using metal hoops damage the bridge, it's quite soft wood isn't it? But then I guess I'm faced with the same problem of tying knots? Why don't they make them pre-knotted?

UkuleleHill
11-11-2009, 03:36 AM
Wow, this is really interesting! I had a similar idea myself. I,ve only got a low-end uke at the mo and its got to the point now were I think a string change is required. I kinda didn't know how best to do it, my uke bridge is different from that shown though.

Mine has a grove along the bottom of it, into which the knotted strings are placed, with the rest of the string going up through a small slit and over the saddle etc. I don't know if thats the best way to describe it but I was worried my knots would be utterly crap and undo?

Well anyway, for some strange reason I always keep the little rings that you get on the end of guitar strings. Don't ask me why, it just seemed a waste to throw them out? Guess I thought I could make a cool bit of jewellery with them, or customise a strap or something?

Well anyway, I was gonna do it on this uke, but though it is cheap, I don't really wanna damage it. I've taken this on holiday and everything, kinda wanna keep doing that for as long as possible!? Will using metal hoops damage the bridge, it's quite soft wood isn't it? But then I guess I'm faced with the same problem of tying knots? Why don't they make them pre-knotted?

With the kin of bridge you are talking about, I would suggest knots... My applause has that kind of bridge and it works great with even one knot, so you should have no problems with that. Also you will be able to tell while tightening whether the knot will hold. If you are worried about the knot not being right, you can do the double knot I showed and that should work :)