This is something that has been bugging me for a while. There are several headstock and string anchor designs that are intended to make the total string length (tuner to ball end) greatest for the lowest pitched string. The conventional wisdom being that longer string=tighter tension for a given pitch. This is true if the vibrating length of the string increases: the tension would have to be increased to achieve the same frequency of vibration (pitch). The Novak fanned-fret system works, because the actual sounding length of the lower strings is greater, so the tension/pitch ratio actually does change. However, for a fixed open string length and a given mass of string, a change in tension would have to result in a change of pitch as well. So I don't understand how increasing the total length of a string by lengthening it beyond the witness points at nut and bridge can result in a tension change without affecting the open pitch. Or am I missing something basic?