You're exactly right Brad. I'm wondering if the vibration transfer may be more effective with this system the strings making direct contact with the sound board. There's also a difference in the actual string length that can affect the tension of the strings - a string-thru seems a lot tighter and less "mushy" to me. You have to thread the string through the hole in the bridge and fish the end out through the soundhole, tie a figure eight knot in the end and pull it back out. How about a TV Pal or other plastic Uke? Hey Mike, I'm glad you clarified your intent. Solid wood or laminate, they are still glued together and that glue will start to fail at 130 degrees F or so. Plastics including strings expand and contract with heat like so many other materials. The trade off is it is a little more trouble to change strings. I find that it puts less stress on the glue joint since the string ball is anchored to the bridge plate. Do you think they might be in danger in that kind of heat? My Emil Bader 'ukuleles are also tied at bridge in this same manner. Like Dave, I like the low stress aspect of this method, and use it on many of my instruments. Gotoh string thru body hardtail guitar bridge with chrome finish. 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. To get a given pitch bend though you need to increase the tension by a fixed amount, meaning more stretch is needed and the geometry then means more force to get that stretch. Its the same concept as an acoustic guitar bridge. The strings-through-body bridge has multiple variations, but it’s best known as it appears on Fender’s Telecaster and similar guitars. The profile of the bridge … The 'a' string was a little off, but other wise in tune. In that kind of heat wouldn't the strings be relieved of some tension too thus lessening any risk of a popped bridge? I like the idea and knowing I have no fear of bridge separation. I think its just a matter of what look you like best. Just played it yesterday after awhile of not playing it. By Dave Hunter . It seems that the through holes would certainly minimize or eliminate the risk of the bridge coming loose. Hipshot D Style bridges are a unique option for your 4 String bass. The profile of the bridge … If your playing is halfway decent you might even be able to pay for your meal. 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 … I prefer to drill through the bridge and use bridge pins. Most luthier glues are designed to release with heat. 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. Just say no to wood ukuleles in hot cars. Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.5 Copyright © 2020 vBulletin Solutions Inc. All rights reserved. View Full Version : Strings through bridge and top vs knots or tying. I've built ukes with all through hole and the traditional tie bridge. Well, I will certainly take your guys word for it. I even left in in my attic for a couple weeks and it was only horribly out of tune. A short length of wire with a small hook on the end makes it easier to fish out the strings through the soundhole. I use a small red glass bead for a stopper that I have plenty of for fishing. As for the "don't leave it in the car on a hot day" thing, that is my problem. I want to be able to have a decent uke that can handle the high temperatures inside a car during east Texas summers. The strings are laced through holes on the back of the body called ferrules. I like both sounds, and I guess a third of the fleet are top loaders, 2/3rds string through. Solid steel saddles with 2-1/16" String Spacing. I want to be able to have a decent uke that can handle the high temperatures inside a car during east Texas summers. 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. :-(, My advice on the care of any ukulele is to treat it as you would a new born baby.....or even your dog. For thin strings, a small glass bead is needed to keep the knot from slipping back through the hole under tension. Tie the string knot, slip a glass or plastic bead over it, and the bridge pin holds it in. So the question is whether the through-body strings get held by the angle over the saddles and through the bridge and what the comparative length of stretchable string is.