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Burning strings
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January 13, 2012 - 8:42 am
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From the ball end and a few cm:s, there's some textile decoration on the strings. On the thinner strings quite a lot of it... Is there a safe way it can be removed? On an old string I burnt it off easily, but does it cause damage to the string?

It's highly irritating because it limits how close the tailpiece can be to the bridge. On my planned electric I want to minimize the aftervibrations and maximize transfering of string vibration to the solid body. Therefore I'll use a one-piece bridge/tailpiece solution.

The other alternative would be drilling a hole through the bridge and further down through the body, so that the strings would be anchored on the back side. However, I'd prefer using the bridge pieces the way they're meant to be used.

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January 13, 2012 - 3:36 pm
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I used to stick my strings through the hole and put the opposite end through the ball end. Doesn't work on all strings but it does on those that have a hole on the ball. This makes the wound section shorter.
You could alter the strings yourself as well. I don't know how long they would last, but what would happen if you tied a knot where there is no winding? That is the way they used to put ends on all gut strings.

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I thought about that too, but as a permanent solution it's not quite elegant...

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