Stringing and the 12 hole tie-block

Traditionally, tie-blocks have one hole for each string. The single hole method results in a loop around the string between the tie-block and the saddle, which does a couple of things that are annoying. The first is to lessen the breakover angle. The second is that the wrap around the string actually can sever the string due to friction and tension. The 12 hole tie-block is a nice variation in that it avoids those issues.

The next few pictures show how to tie using the 12 hole block. Later, I’ll do another post on what happens at the other end.
It’s easy to lose concentration while installing strings, so I use a cardboard piece to protect the top.

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Luthier in the northwest of the Northwest. Classical guitars, custom instruments, repairs and restorations.
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