I'm looking to install ball-end nylon strings on a classical guitar.
Which of these ways is the best in terms of tone and preserving the bridge?
- The same way you install ball-end steel strings on a guitar: ball rests on the bridge hole, farthest from the nut.
- Loop the string around the bridge and then pass the string through the hole in the ball-end so that the ball end is on the opposite side of the bridge, closest to the nut. See photo. Note the extra ivory to preserve the corners. It's just wood on the bridge furthest from the nut.
I'd prefer not to discuss looping and knotting a string. Let's stick to ball-end strings. Thanks!