Gut/Loop strings and Afterlength
Just a silly question... We all know of the initially best setup of the tailpiece to allow for a 1/6th afterlength of the string.That is measured from bridge to the saddle on the tailpiece (the line on top of which the strings rest).
However, when using a loop string (normally from gut), the afterlength ends naturally on the knot of the loop, not on the saddle, which actually shortens the afterlength up to 3-4mm.
When you use these loop strings, do you correct the tailpiece accordingly, or you don't give a toss? In that last case, I assume it is not noticeable...
???? The string is still resting on the saddle of the tailpiece.
Yes, it rests there but the afterlength vibration stops now in the knot, just before the tailpiece. Not in the saddle.
Are you pulling the string through the loop? I just let the knot and loop sit below the tailpiece. Exactly as I do with strings with a ball.
I assume that you are NOT talking about raw (plain) gut strings.
The saddle should control the length, in the same way that pressing with your fingernail would.
Yes, I was going to use the loop to tie the string instead of using the knot. Actually, I didn't even think about it. After reading you all, I will use the knot the same as with a ball-end string. Cheers!
I invented it myself. Not many other people know or care about it. No extra charge. :)
Stephen, when you pluck the after length, do you damp the playing length of the string?
That is probably best. Otherwise, you can excite the open string and make the shorter bit sound more correctly tuned than it actually is.
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