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    Default Tips for strings pulling through bridge

    Looking for advice. I have been trying to string a soprano Waterman as fifths tuning. The E string pulls through the bridge even if I tie the string in multiple knots. I'm not sure what I can do to keep it from pulling out, but I love the sound so would really like to figure this one out. Any advice?

    PS, I am about to go interview for a job, and this is how I am distracting myself. Wish me luck!

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    is there room for a tiny bead? if so, you could 'thread' the bead and tie a knot and let the bead
    provide the 'anchor' to keep the string from being pulled through the bridge hole or slot.

    just my 2 cents.

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    I think you may need two, or maybe three, loops before poking the tail through & pulling it tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uke1950 View Post
    I think you may need two, or maybe three, loops before poking the tail through & pulling it tight.
    It is not a tie on bridge, it is a slotted bridge.

    As Uncle Rod said try a small bead, they can be had a craft stores. The other solution is to drill a small hole through the bridge and body and make it a string through. This is sometimes done to old Martin sopranos because the slots have become opened do to tear out and this is the only solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    ...drill a small hole through the bridge and body and make it a string through.
    That's what I did with one uke, and I went to a craft store and bought small rings that worked perfectly.

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    I use a (very) short length of thicker string to tie the thin string around ... same effect as a bead but immediately available

    So, start with a simple overhand knot at the end of the thin string. This is to prevent subsequent knots slipping.

    Now make a slip-knot at the end of the thin string and tighten this loop around the thick string. A drop of saliva will help all the knots tighten evenly.

    Trim the thick string to 1-2mm either side of the now tightened slip knot.

    Fit thin string as usual ... works every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    It is not a tie on bridge, it is a slotted bridge.
    I am fully aware of that fact - the idea is to build a bigger knot.
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    Tie a knot (maybe a double one) on the end of the string but not tight. Then poke the tail of the string through the knot(s), making a loop. Then pull it tight . . . and Voila!
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    Several small knots do not always add up to one large knot. Here's a tutorial....someone posted one here once that showed how to tie a large knot for that purpose, perhaps someone will post it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-rBcbXqql0

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    Quote Originally Posted by kypfer View Post
    I use a (very) short length of thicker string to tie the thin string around ... same effect as a bead but immediately available
    That's an awesome idea! Might look a little sloppy on a slot bridge, but might be the only option.

    Also, would work good on pin bridges. My old Islander MC-4 came with little beads to tie the string around, but my AC-4 and Kanile'a didn't. Haven't really had any problems, but the bigger piece of string would give some peace of mind.

    then there's the "Timms" knot or this...
    Ashley's stopper knot.jpg
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