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Old 03-02-2017, 08:23 PM
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Default Bridge beads?!?

So I ran across three or four varieties of these little items online -- it's a way to secure your nylon strings to the bridge without the customary tie. Who knew? Not me.

Your thoughts? I mean, besides the non-traditional look? I thought I might try them on my ancient beater Hondo, just for an experiment.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:56 AM
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Their main benefit is that they increase the string break angle over the saddle. If there's no need for that, i.e. your saddle is an adequate height, then I wouldn't bother.

I suppose they are easier to tie for the ham-fisted, but that's not their primary purpose IMHO.

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Old 03-03-2017, 05:16 AM
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I gave bridge beads a try on a ukulele and a guitar I use to have.
I used the beads because I felt it would help save wear and tear on the bridge from the traditional method of attaching stings to the bridge.
You may notice the guitar is showing slight wear on the bridge next to the bridge beads, from when the two previous sets of strings were tied to the bridge.

Of the two styles of beads, I preferred the smaller sized beads that are shown on the guitar. Because the beads were a smaller size, it was a little more difficult for my clumsy fingers to thread the nylon string thru those tiny holes and tie off the string, but I favored the more compact appearance of smaller beads compared to the larger beads.
If I were to ever get another nylon stringed ukulele or guitar, I would use those smaller bridge beads again that I found at https://www.stringsbymail.com/rosett...ack-13153.html




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A luthier friend of mine said they would add a lot of mass to the bridge--he didn't think that was a good idea!
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:28 PM
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> A luthier friend of mine said they would add a lot of mass to the bridge--he didn't think that was a good idea!

Adding much mass to the bridge wouldn't be a good idea, he's right, but these ties hardly weigh anything.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:45 PM
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I use the diamond string beads made by Rosette. They weigh almost nothing.

I donít know how I lived without them!
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Old 01-28-2019, 05:27 PM
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I use the diamond string beads made by Rosette. They weigh almost nothing.

I donít know how I lived without them!
I like them, too. I've recently tired the newer low-profile ones. They're a bit better looking but in some ways are harder to string up. I also have my classical rigged for a twelve-hole bridge, but between the two I think the beads are more secure on the treble strings.
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