Most of my bridges have been made with the traditional 6-hole tieblock. However, a recent innovation I've occasionally used is a bridge with a 12-hole tieblock. This feature increases the downward angle of the string behind the saddle by eliminating the loop used in the traditional method of tying the string. On bridges with low saddles and string angles, this increased angle can ensure a cleaner, crisper sound. This same effect can be achieved on a traditional 6-hole tieblock by tying a knot on one end of the string, sliding a small bead or washer onto the string, then threading the string straight through the tieblock hole and securing it normally onto the gear roller. If desired, strings can still be tied with the traditional loop-method on a 12-hole tieblock.