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    Default Peculiar Stringing?

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    Due at a local auction. The tailpiece appears to have been bodged but I can see no reason to cross the strings at the head other than for decorative purposes. To quote a famous Monty Python sketch "That could cause some confusion!"

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    Not only would that be confusing as all heck, but I would think it would be a great disadvantage for sound. It seems it would add more lateral tension to the bridge slots and nut slots and decrease tension to the soundboard. And, it just looks silly!
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    Must have been strung by a weaver.

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    Not only confusing, but adding lateral pressure on the nut slots is a bad idea.Many electric guitars are built to make sure that the pull behind the nut is straight. The seller shows their cluelessness by actually advertising the "cross-stringing", especially since it wouldn't change the sound any.

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    It makes cross picking easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom C View Post
    It makes cross picking easier.
    Very easy to see how that would be possible.
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    Cross tuning would be a snap!
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    Somebody's into merovingian knots...



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    I think this was a peculiarity used by Frederick Winslow, the chap who aded his adjustment label and he used it on a number of his mandolins (I believe he used to build his own as well as modify the Dallas mandolins). Perhaps the adjustment label was added when he altered the stringing.

    It is very odd, but then he was from Swindon (North Wiltshire)!

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    I have seen it done on the tailpiece but up at the nut... it is nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seter View Post
    Must have been strung by a weaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Well, Pete did play banjo and guitar, but let's not accuse... Oh, never mind!
    Seeger also played mandolin, a Martin I believe:

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    That's just messed up. To make matters worse (if that were possible) it looks like the bottom A string is wound the opposite direction around the tuning peg.

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    it seems to me to be an altogether pointless exercise.

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    or was it designed by Erno Rubik ?

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    Dallas mandolins have some historical interest; I'm not sure whether they're regarded as good mandolins, though.

    Jamie Curtis, a builder here in Washington state, sometimes uses cross stringing at the tailpiece, but not at the headstock.
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