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Sep 26, 2020 - 7:07:22 PM



89 posts since 4/17/2020

There appears to be two anchoring systems used in 'no knot tailpieces'.
One is the ball end type and the other has a slotted end.


Can the slotted end type be used with normal looped end steel strings successfully OR should one always use the ball end type?

Edited by - QldPicker on 09/26/2020 19:09:39

Sep 26, 2020 - 7:40:27 PM



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I believe slots are for ball end strings and round posts are for loop ends.

Sep 26, 2020 - 9:13:14 PM
like this

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You can use loop-end strings (and ball-end as mentioned) on the slotted version much like the one in the picture. The slotted version was made when gut strings were still popular and tied on by wrapping it around the post and through the slot without a knot, hence the name. On modern replicas, the slots usually need to be deburred in order to use them the original way with nylon (though most just tie a bowline knot). 

Edited by - Noah Cline on 09/26/2020 21:14:38

Sep 27, 2020 - 2:20:06 AM



89 posts since 4/17/2020

Thanks for the considered and precise response Noah!

Sep 27, 2020 - 5:32:56 AM



265 posts since 6/26/2004

The late Michael Holmes' website Mugwumps has a good article explaining how the No Knot and Elite tailpieces were originally used with gut strings:

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