View Full Version : stringing a ukulele with no bridge holes

09-24-2012, 03:30 PM
I have an old Decca-badged Japanese ukulele purchased as a souvinir by my parents 45 years on a Hawaii vacation. Despite the souvenir-grade quality of it, I believe it to be solid mahogany. Anyway, I went to go switch out the original fishing line strings with something better and noticed that the bridge has no holes, just slots and then a groove in back and below. This will be my first time changing ukulele strings. Should I just knot the strings in back?

09-24-2012, 03:40 PM
Yes, you tie a knot in the end of the string and then slip the knot into the slot.

I usually tie a double square knot, and sometimes even a triple on the A string. If the knot is not large enough it will pull through when the string is brought up to pitch - sometimes bringing a little wood with it and, of course, making it even more likely to pull through the next time.


mm stan
09-24-2012, 06:43 PM
Yes Decca was made in japan and sold to a company in the south somewhere and market there....tennessee??? My neighbor had one like from the 50's or 60's...