DIY String Beads - very simple end effective

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DIY String Beads - very simple end effective

Post by rojarosguitar » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:30 pm

Hello, I had this brass tube lying around for months and finally came to it to use a suggestions of a generous forum member who described it somewhere here: how to make your own cost-almost-nothing-string-beads.

As I don't have any very refined tools, the came out not as even and shiny as one could do it, but fully functional, and, best of all, very inconspicuous. Also very light.

Here two pics:
Stringbeads1.jpg
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There are things that could be improved:

- edges more rounded (hope no string is going to break)
- the middle hole more centered (would need a better drill and something to hold the beads in place better)
- more equal length (better saw necessary)

But they are OK and cost something around 2$ plus a bit time and work.
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Post by Bill-stl » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:15 pm

Looks like a unique solution! I like the idea and function, but I might look for a tube of plastic material instead of brass.any problem with vibration, or does it pull snug enough to eliminate any?
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Post by rojarosguitar » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:52 pm

Bill-stl wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:15 pm
Looks like a unique solution! I like the idea and function, but I might look for a tube of plastic material instead of brass.any problem with vibration, or does it pull snug enough to eliminate any?
they sit tight, no vibration; I'm not sure if a plastic tube of that small diameter would have enough stability to hold the string without deformation and breaking. Brass obviously does...
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Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:01 pm

Is the iphone screen protector that you ahrere behind the tie block sticks well and friendly to French Polished top?
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Post by rojarosguitar » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:12 pm

Yes, I use these things a lot. On another guitar I have a golpeador made from adhesive free iPad display protection foil (mumbi). It sits there since 6 years without fail and protects the top against scratches. I didn't notice any sound deterioration.

As to the DIY string ties: on page 2 of this thread there is a link to a video how to deburr the edges and make it safer for nylon and carbon strings: https://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/ ... s#p1306099

I had to work a bit more on the tie for the e-1 string because it broke; now it seems to be OK. If not, I'll DIY a tumbler :D
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Post by a human » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:57 am

Why have string beads?
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Post by rojarosguitar » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:54 am

@a human:

- more even, consistent and bigger breaking angle at bridge bone
- making the knots away from the guitar then just fading the strings as if they had end balls
- better protection of the tie block (some, or rather, many guitars don't have bone edges on the tie block) and the holes
- just for fun... :D

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Post by Mark567 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:02 pm

They look great just the way they are!
Please keep us updated if you discover any pros and cons of using them.

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Post by a human » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:31 am

rojarosguitar wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:54 am
@a human:

- more even, consistent and bigger breaking angle at bridge bone
- making the knots away from the guitar then just fading the strings as if they had end balls
- better protection of the tie block (some, or rather, many guitars don't have bone edges on the tie block) and the holes
- just for fun... :D

best wishes
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Post by rojarosguitar » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:11 pm

After rounding the edges of the e-1 beed I didn't have any other problems yet. The just work and are so small that one has really to look intentionally to see them as something not belonging to the string knot.

I plan to do a second set and put them into a self made deburring tumbler to smooth the edges. I'll report about that when it's done...
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Post by rinneby » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:56 am

Nice work :)
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Re: DIY String Beads - very simple end effective

Post by Beowulf » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:38 pm

rojarosguitar wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:54 am
@a human:

- more even, consistent and bigger breaking angle at bridge bone
- making the knots away from the guitar then just fading the strings as if they had end balls
- better protection of the tie block (some, or rather, many guitars don't have bone edges on the tie block) and the holes
- just for fun... :D

best wishes
Robert
I also find that they provide a slightly "tighter" feel to the right hand fingers.
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Post by rojarosguitar » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:21 pm

Next series in the making :D

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Re: DIY String Beads - very simple end effective

Post by Beowulf » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:56 pm

Ahh, your deburring tumbler takes me back. When I was 16, I worked at General Springs, an automotive metal parts manufacturer. One of my jobs was to run a large rotating drum filled with metal brackets (punched out by huge mega-ton presses) and abrasive detergent. Very effective at removing burrs.

Nice MacGyver!
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Post by rojarosguitar » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:40 pm

And inside of the bottle is real red fine Sahara sand :D (brought from there in the fifties of the last century by a friend; no regulations by then ...)
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