Restringing the new style bridge is a different technique than the slotted bridge we have used in the past, but just as easy once you learn the proper process. This tutorial will walk you through that process step by step and get you up to speed in no time.
The basic premise is that we are going to thread the string end from the "outside" into the bridge and pull it out through the sound hole just far enough to be able to tie a knot. We then tie a "bead" onto the end of the string and pull the string back out of the bridge making sure the bead is firmly up against the bridge-plate located on the underside of the bridge. From there the string is attached to the machine tuners. That's all there is to it!
Step 4. Pull the string up taught so the bead seats up against the underside of the bridge
Step 2. Bring the tag end of the string out of the sound hole.
Step 1. Feed the string down through the bridge into the body.
Step 3. Slide a bead onto the end of the string and tie a knot big enough so it doesn't pull through
Step 5. Attach it to the machine tuners at the headstock and tune it up
How to Re-string a "String Through" Bridge
That's all there is to it!
Some people might ask, "Why can't you just tie a knot in the line"? The answer is "yes" you can just tie a large enough knot for it to not pull through. However, by using beads we feel you have a stronger anchor point and it won't chew up and wear out the bridge plate. It will also be easier to remove the old string as a knot can burrow into the wood causing it to stick and be difficult to remove.