If you search for "bridge bone beads", you'll find a few discussions on this topic.quavers wrote:Beads instead of traditional tying.
I recently read an article about the use of glass beads as an alternative to traditional tying. This seems to be a little more convenient than traditional tying around the bridge block. Also, it looks as though you would be able to cut the end very close to the knot and avoid any excess string from touching against the top. Another advantage would probably be that there would be less chewing up of the bridge block after repeated changing.
More recently, I have seen a product referred to as bridge beads (actually they are square) through which the string is threaded and knotted internally and not seen from behind the bead. I myself think that they are a little unsightly.
What are the advantages or disadvantages of this stringing technique?
Yes, it's not very common, but some luthiers use double back construction. There's a few words about it later in the FAQ:Mdruide wrote:Have you ever heard luthier that make double back also ?
I didn't have time to watch the YouTube link, so I'm not sure if John Dick is doing the same thing. My feeling is that if it made that much difference to projection and sustain, a lot more luthiers would be doing it, but that's just my opinion.James Lister wrote:
21. What's a double-back guitar?
A double back guitar has a second “back”, mounted inside the guitar body. The second “back” is normally made of softwood, and is in some ways like a second top (hence the confusion of names). The idea is that this second back vibrates in sympathy with the top, possibly improving projection. As this second back is not in contact with the player, it’s vibrations are not damped by the player’s body (which the real back is).
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