I did a thread on top mounting strings..............I think there are different ways to secure strings at the tuning peg. I don't even tie the strings. I put the string through the stem hole. Measure straight through about 2 to 2 1/2 string lengths and cut. I bend about 1/8" of string sticking out of the stem hole then tighten. I do one turn over the 1/8" and the rest of the windings I do underneath the 1/8" portion. Tighten to pitch. Stretch the strings and check truss rod. Simple. I think.