Ghosting multis

#1
Strung up my first multi last night (newbie stringer, basic 2 point DW with flying clamps, mostly been doing SG, probably done 8-10 racquets including the 2 I did yesterday), and noticed with Head Velocity (natural) that I was getting some ghosting where I was clamping the string. It was turning from a somewhat translucent white to a more opaque brighter white. I'm assuming this is a clamp tightness issue and that I should have backed them off slightly.

Anything I should look for around the impact of this damage to my string bed?
How big a deal is ghosting?
Tips for avoiding this? Is it simply testing a new string in the clamps and adjusting each time?
Anything else I should keep in mind with this situation?
 

am1899

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#2
Ghosting may not be entirely preventable, but you can mitigate it. Having clean, well-adjusted clamps is first and foremost. Know that sometimes the gripper will ghost the string, too. Depending on your setup, you may be able to put something in the gripper to protect the string - it’s usually fairly easy to put a business card in a linear gripper, for example.

For me, the real test with ghosting is feel. If I can see ghosting, but I can’t feel indentations as I run my fingers over the area, then I’m generally ok with it. (Not that I’m thrilled to see ghosting, but as I said...it’s not always entirely preventable). This assumes a really soft string, and that I’ve exhausted efforts to get the clamps clean and adjusted just right. If I can actually feel indentations on the string, the clamps are too tight, and the string is definitely damaged.
 
#4
I have a light touch with my clamps. However, I do not recall ever NOT having some ghosting with NG and soft multis. If you do not put some pressure on the string, it could slip and you definitely do not want that to happen. If you put dents where you clamp, they are too tight. If it is cosmetic, you are OK.
 

max

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#6
I've noticed sometimes the color changes back! In either case, the string is well dead and well ready for change by the time it could ever matter 't at all.
 
#7
Thanks all. I took a look (and feel) and from what I can tell, it appears to be cosmetic only. I can't feel any denting or change in shape of the string where it is ghosted compared to not. Appreciate the help, it certainly gives me more confidence I didn't mess anything up too badly. Hope to hit with it with weekend and see how it fairs.
 
#8
Strung up my first multi last night (newbie stringer, basic 2 point DW with flying clamps, mostly been doing SG, probably done 8-10 racquets including the 2 I did yesterday), and noticed with Head Velocity (natural) that I was getting some ghosting where I was clamping the string. It was turning from a somewhat translucent white to a more opaque brighter white. I'm assuming this is a clamp tightness issue and that I should have backed them off slightly.

Anything I should look for around the impact of this damage to my string bed?
How big a deal is ghosting?
Tips for avoiding this? Is it simply testing a new string in the clamps and adjusting each time?
Anything else I should keep in mind with this situation?
Ghosting is fine especially on a soft multi like that. What you really want to watch out for is stamping on the string. Meaning you can not only see the ghosting but the clamps actually indent the strings. If you do that, then the clamps are too tight. Otherwise don’t worry about it.
 
#10
Pretesting the clamp pressure on the ends of the string was a routine for me (when I used the klipermate flying clamps),, I adjusted accordingly before I started..
with base clamps now, ive gotten away from that good habit, , I need to go back to it..

but with all that said, keeping the clamps clean is paramount,, this will make the need to over tighten much less on an issue,, thusly preventing severe ghosting or "stamping" as @SavvyStringer mentioned on his post..
 
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