tips on gut in the mains

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by wmoore, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. wmoore

    wmoore New User

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    For the most part I string only for myself and a couple of friends - maybe 50 string jobs or so a year. I like to string with 15L or 16g VS Tonic in the mains at about 62#and thin poly (17 or 18g) in the crosses at 52#. I play with a Dunlop AG100. So far, so good.

    Problem is, if I cut a full set of gut in half, the 20' of string will barely make it through the mains and I have a heck of a time getting tension on the last pull before tieing off. I do like to pull the last pull tight and use an awl to keep tension on while I tie the knot. I use a drop-weight machine.

    How do you all handle this? or do you just not use gut in the mains?
     
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  2. dancraig

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    If you come up too short to reach the tensioner, there are a few tricks. You can use a starting clamp or a floating clamp to make a bridge to the tensioner. Place a piece of scrap string in one side of the clamp and the too short string in the other side.
    You can just tie a scrap piece to the too short piece, but there is a risk the knot won't hold long enough for you to pull tension and clamp.
     
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  3. decades

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    weird that's a 90. 20ft should be way more than enough....I string mid plus frames and have always had string left over after cutting 20ft.
     
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  4. Lakers4Life

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    +1 what Dan said!!! Here are a couple of picture to show what Dan's describing.
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  5. wmoore

    wmoore New User

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    This only happens when stringing gut in the mains. If I'm stringing multi, there's no problem.
     
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