From:!!utnut!torn!!watmath!rblander Thu Jun 17 10:18:20 CDT 1993
Article: 5758 of alt.guitar
From: rblande–(at)– (Robyn Landers)
Subject: Wilkinson VS100C followup
Sender: new–(at)– (News Owner)
Organization: University of Waterloo
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1993 14:53:36 GMT
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A week or two ago I posted a lengthy review
of the Wilkinson VS100C vibrato bridge. One of the
features it offers is reverse stringing, so that the
ball-end goes at the tuning peg, and the plain end
is clamped in the bridge. This lets you tune up
to pitch with less than a full wrap around the tuning
peg, which helps tuning stability.

I mentioned that with ordinary ball end strings
I was able to slacken and retune them only a couple times
before they broke at the ball end from the severe angle
of the wrap around the tuning peg.

Recently I switched to Fender Bullet strings.
Instead of a ball end, the string terminates in a molded
bullet-shaped blob. I had hoped these might work better.

Well, no such luck. After tuning to pitch,
I slacked off the high E and B strings moderately to
install a string tree. When tuning back to pitch,
both broke right at the bullet.

Next time I’ll try some “reinforced” type
strings, like the Ernie Ball RPS, but it’s looking
like reverse stringing is a lost cause if you have
any intention of slacking and retuning the strings
repeatedly. But if you just put them on and leave
them tuned up until they’re ready to be changed,
it seems to work okay.

Robyn Landers
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