re: Tune-O-Matic Bridge String Thru Body vs Hipshot Fixed Br Post by PowerTube » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:19 pm One thing I don't like about the tune-o-matic is the fact that the individual intonation saddles also affect string height/action. Like Dave, I like the low stress aspect of this method, and use it on many of my instruments. The thing that galls me is most string brands have braidings (or what you will) to attach the ball end to the strings, and this braiding is long enough to get up around the saddle break point on a vintage bridge … It allows you to adjust the length and/or height of the string, and that’s about it. Most widespread and simple electric guitar bridge type is a fixed bridge. And it's a lot easier carrying a uke around as opposed to carrying a Honda; especially in crowded restaurants. Thanks for all your insight. Just played it yesterday after awhile of not playing it. I like the idea and knowing I have no fear of bridge separation. Just say no to wood ukuleles in hot cars. I'm wondering if the vibration transfer may be more effective with this system the strings making direct contact with the sound board. Tie the string knot, slip a glass or plastic bead over it, and the bridge pin holds it in. For thin strings, a small glass bead is needed to keep the knot from slipping back through the hole under tension. I'm partial to the "through" method myself, but mostly for steel string guitars and other steel string instruments that have a lot of tension. Gotoh string thru body hardtail guitar bridge with chrome finish. Plastics including strings expand and contract with heat like so many other materials. Also, I would love to be able to play on lunch break, but don't want to have to carry my uke into and out of the office every day if I have a uke that sounds decent and can handle the high temps. Hipshot D Style bridges are a unique option for your 4 String bass. View Full Version : Strings through bridge and top vs knots or tying. The purest in me makes me fee like tying them to a bridge that is glued requires more skill and has it's merit there. The trade off is it is a little more trouble to change strings. With a string through bridge in a hot car, the strings may not pull the bridge off the top, they will pull the top away from the sides instead, or pull the neck away from the body. A String thru design is a feature where all strings are anchored through the guitar’s body and mounted on the bridge and nut as usual. Sometimes one will string some but not all of the strings through while top loading the rest to custom tune the feel and sound of the strings - especially the wound strings versus the plain ones. In that kind of heat wouldn't the strings be relieved of some tension too thus lessening any risk of a popped bridge? Maybe I just need to get a Risa Stick. A short length of wire with a small hook on the end makes it easier to fish out the strings through the soundhole. Do you think they might be in danger in that kind of heat? I want to be able to have a decent uke that can handle the high temperatures inside a car during east Texas summers. As for the "don't leave it in the car on a hot day" thing, that is my problem. The strings are laced through holes on the back of the body called ferrules. As far as tone goes, it doesn't seem to make that much difference. Then when you want to play, just tune it up. If your playing is halfway decent you might even be able to pay for your meal. I own a Waverly #51 and love it to death. The profile of the bridge … I think its just a matter of what look you like best. With the relatively low tension on nylon strings, one would think that a modification would be more risky than simply learning to tie the strings on. Strings through bridge and top vs knots or tying. :) You meet the nicest people carrying an uke (or is that a Honda?). I use a small red glass bead for a stopper that I have plenty of for fishing. How about a TV Pal or other plastic Uke? I want to be able to have a decent uke that can handle the high temperatures inside a car during east Texas summers.