My string tie job has improved after a year

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Scott Phillips
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My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by Scott Phillips » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:56 am

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Hi everyone,
It’s hard to believe I’ve been tying strings for 14 months now. My string tie jobs used to look hideous. They are much better now. I also am getting better at the rollers too.
I used to just figure 8 ALL the strings and cut off the tails. It looked bad and I got a ding on my daughter’s top when the high E failed while sitting in its stand. My guy at the local mom and pop told me to tuck the tails and that wouldn’t happen when a string fails.
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I even do it on my granddaughter’s ukelele. Anybody else improve the look of their tie jobs lately?
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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by JohnB » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:52 pm

Is there any reason you don't like the more traditional method of securing the strings? Personally, I prefer it (and it is less fiddly) - but everyone to their own.

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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by Alytw » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:32 pm

I started tucking the strings in as well. I started tying a knot at the roller end as well. I was just wrapping the strings like on a steel string, but the e and b were slipping a lot. The knot helps.

Adam

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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by JohnB » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:43 pm

Alytw,

When fastening the strings to the rollers, with the base strings I pass the string through the hole, then bring the end back OVER the roller and loop it under the string where it goes into the hole, pull taught and wind up the tension.

With the trebles I do the same but instead of looping under the string where it enters the hole just once, I loop it under once or twice more (depending on the string).
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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by JohnB » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:33 pm

By the way, I find using a pair of "micro nippers" makes trimming the ends of the strings at the bridge very much easier (and safer) than other methods I have used.
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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by Alytw » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:41 pm

Thanks for the tip, I’ll try it next string change. I’ve done that with the basses and it worked, but I didn’t try two loops on the trebles.

Adam

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Re: My string tie job has improved after a year

Post by Rick Beauregard » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:59 pm

Caution for 12 hole blocks: tucking the 2nd (thicker) string under the 1st may cause the 1st to slip and...snap ding! It is just not thick enough to grab on some blocks.I need an extra twist/loop in #1 to make sure it doesn't slip.
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