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Charles Barrett
Hey gang,
I am having difficulty restringing my E string. Initially, it got all tangled without staying in the hole. I removed it but now the protective sleeve is loose. Is it suppose to be loose or do I have a defective string? It is very difficult for me to replace the E string due to the close proximity of the A string. Now I have an untangled E string with a loose protective band to restring.
Charles Barrett
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Posted: June 13, 2019
Last Comment: June 13, 2019
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: June 13, 2019
Charles, if your bridge has a thin piece of velum glued onto it where the E string sits, then you don't need the little plastic protector. It's only to prevent the thin wire of the E string from burrowing itself into the wood of the bridge. It something that can happen over time.
 As for the tangling, I'm not sure what's happening. Are you able to wind it around the peg?

Dianne
Posted: June 13, 2019
I used to remove the A string winding from the peg to string the E string because of the way it is close as you say, but now I manage to string the E with the A in place. It sounds like the string should be fine. Just smooth it out and restring, and as long as the protective plastic sleeve is able to be placed at the edge of the bridge it should be ok. If you have parchment on the bridge E string groove you don't need the sleeve and can push it back on the string winding and out of the way (or remove it carefully). A picture can help if you still have questions. Good luck.

Ted Adachi
Posted: June 13, 2019
Hello Charles,
So I don't really understand what you mean by 'loose'.

If it can sit on the bridge and keep the E string from digging into the groove, then it is fine.

Charles Barrett
Posted: June 13, 2019
String replacement
The protective sleeve that sits on the bridge.

Ted Adachi
Posted: June 13, 2019
I am not sure what you mean by 'protective band'.
Do you mean the silk windings at the end of the string?
Or do you mean the little plastic sleeve that is supposed to sit on the bridge?

If the silk windings are coming unraveled, I don't think that is a huge problem.

The plastic sleeve needs to be moveable so you can place it on the bridge.