Patrick delBosque wrote:The dreaded string ding, caused by catastrophic failure of the string to stay tied to the darn bridge. I have two on my Alhambra Luthier Rio, one came with it when I bought it and I put one on myself when the 1st string broke while putting on new strings. Today I put on new strings for only the second time since purchase and though I didn't get string dings (having protected the bridge area) I ended up having to tie knots in the first four strings to get them to hold in place when put under tension. I've never had to do anything but the usual double twist thing with any of the 5 classical guitars I've owned previously (all WAY cheaper than this one though).
Is there something with the design of the bridge or the tie block with some guitars that would make them more prone to this problem, such as the angle of the string or whatever?
Here's a "guitar tip of the Week" video I made about this very problem, at first it might seem simplistic, but after seeing the abuse of guitars with players changing strings and gouging up the French polish behind the bridge I decide to make this video, I hope it saves some guitars from total destruction. BTW, those clingon tap plates some people use work fine too, just don't leave them permanently on your guitar they can really mess up the finish.
Also, yes the 12 hole bridges are most pro to problems because most guitarists are un familiar with the correct way to tie the knots. Most of the strings are fine except for the 1st string, which slips because it is so smooth....... one thing I do is take some 600 grit sand paper and rough up the end of the treble strings so they aren't so slippery, this helps with slippage expesially of the the first string.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JjF8SG- ... plpp_video