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samenta
07-19-2012, 09:24 AM
Hello everyone!

A couple days ago I got my first uke. Being left-handed one of the first thing I did was rearrange the strings.


My uke has a bridge with 8 string holes and the out-of-the box arrangement was this:

http://i.imgur.com/2jOR7.jpg

Kind of unusual but I got myhead around it. The thing is, the strings were too much short to recreate this arrangement so I just used one hole per string as if they were four. This gave me some extra space to tie some knots at the end and here's the final result:

http://i.imgur.com/Y23qx.jpg

My noobish and kind of paranoid question is: is this harmful for my kind of bridge? Will it suffer from the different kind of pression? What are the consequences? Will it get out of tune more frequently, break, fall off or it's the safest thing on the planet and I'm just being paranod?

tattwo
07-19-2012, 09:29 AM
it shouldnt be a problem

SailingUke
07-19-2012, 10:08 AM
I would not have used knots, but rather attached to the bridge with a loop, like traditional tie on bridges on classical guitars and ukuleles.

Gmoney
07-19-2012, 10:13 AM
The 8-hole bridge actually improves the string "break angle" over the saddle while increasing the downward force exerted on the saddle as well. But, the method you used should not adversely effect either. Looks like you used double knots on a couple of the smaller diameter strings which should keep them from pulling through.

When you do change out for new strings, revert to the 8-hole arrangement as designed though.

samenta
07-19-2012, 01:39 PM
I would not have used knots, but rather attached to the bridge with a loop, like traditional tie on bridges on classical guitars and ukuleles.

You mean like this?

http://www.start-playing-guitar.com/image-files/classicalbridge.jpg

http://www.staffordguitar.com/images/stringtiebassfinish.jpg

That's pretty neat! I used knots because they were the first thing I saw googling, but I'll keep this in mind. Thanks!


Looks like you used double knots on a couple of the smaller diameter strings which should keep them from pulling through.

When you do change out for new strings, revert to the 8-hole arrangement as designed though.

Yes! :D the A string especially was a utter bitch without the double knot. I couldn't tune it without it slipping (jumping? =) off the bridge.

I'll go back to using the whole bridge on the next set.



So it could have been done better but it's a safe thing to do. Thank you all!