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    Default Change your strings in about 10 min!

    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
    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:





    Last edited by UkuleleHill; 06-19-2011 at 04:17 PM.
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    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.

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    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!
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    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

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    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!
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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinny View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuleleHill View Post
    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?! :O
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    Apparently by typing things like is is instead of it is...
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