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    Default Should banjo uke strings go above or below tailpiece

    I'm going to restring. The tailpiece looks like this. https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and...Tailpiece.html

    I could run the strings under or above that tailpiece. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.
    Beltona concert resonator
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    I liked this one because I could knot the string, string a bead on it and just put the strings between the balls.
    As to the other. I like my strings over.

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    I believe it is designed for the strings to go through the holes and under the end of the tailpiece. This should give proper string-break angle for tone and to keep the bridge from moving when played.
    Tim Mullins

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain-janeway View Post
    I liked this one because I could knot the string, string a bead on it and just put the strings between the balls.
    As to the other. I like my strings over.
    OOPS forgot link

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and...Tailpiece.html

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    Thank you, Tim Mullins. I was wondering, but it's nice to hear from someone else.
    Beltona concert resonator
    Tyde concert learner uke
    Stuart Wailing nickel/brass concert
    Gold Tone Little Gem concert banjolele
    Gold Tone BUC concert banjolele
    Kmise Baritone

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    I have used both types on my instruments and I much prefer the no knot tailpiece using the beads as described by The Capt. I have used the Stewmac type strung both ways, I prefer over rather than through as sometimes the underside is not finished all that well and strings could potentially break.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
    New Zealand.

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    In order to get the proper break angle, the strings should go under the tailpiece.

    Doc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Acula View Post
    In order to get the proper break angle, the strings should go under the tailpiece.

    Doc
    There is sufficient break angle either way.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

    dponeil@xtra.co.nz
    Southern Cross Banjo Ukes & Ukuleles
    Proudly Hand Crafted in
    New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPO View Post
    I have used both types on my instruments and I much prefer the no knot tailpiece using the beads as described by The Capt. I have used the Stewmac type strung both ways, I prefer over rather than through as sometimes the underside is not finished all that well and strings could potentially break.
    Thanks, Dennis. I'm so glad you actually replied. This is actually for one of your instruments that I recently acquired through another UU member. It's one of your UB2 copies. It's a beauty, but it's a bit older and needs some maintenance before it'll be ready to play. I've got a new head on it, some strings ready to go, and once it gets a bit of a fret dressing, it'll be up and running. I'll send you a photo of your lovely instrument. I think I'll order the no-knot tailpiece based on your recommendation.
    Beltona concert resonator
    Tyde concert learner uke
    Stuart Wailing nickel/brass concert
    Gold Tone Little Gem concert banjolele
    Gold Tone BUC concert banjolele
    Kmise Baritone

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    The strings go over the top on a No Knot. To get the best tone, the No Knot should be resting on the tension hoop.

    Doc

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