Sound quality of 12 holes' tie and 6 holes' tie

nmshu1
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Re: Sound quality of 12 holes' tie and 6 holes' tie

Post by nmshu1 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:32 am

JohnB wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:56 am
I'm puzzled by people saying that securing the strings to a 12 hole tie block is easier and simpler. I suppose it all depends on what you are used to but I find it less fiddly and quicker using a 6 hole tie block.

I've never tried tying a 12 hole in a 6 hole fashion so I can't comment on whether there is any difference in sound quality - though, if the the sound differences are relatively small, people have to be aware of the possibility of confirmation bias (i.e. we hear what we expect/want to hear).
I think it depends on the design of the guitar. Sometimes, I feel 12holes' tie is better. Sometimes I feel 6 holes' tie is better. Not sure...
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Re: Sound quality of 12 holes' tie and 6 holes' tie

Post by zavaletas » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:21 am

No difference in sound, but certainly easier to tie. In theory, if the holes are drilled such that they improve the break angle of the strings over the saddle, this system could make for a more powerful instrument.
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