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String to tuner from nut angle

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by krfoss, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    How important is it to have the strings move straight from the nut to the tuner? My design has them coming at a slight angle out of the nut heading to the tuner, but I dont know if that will destroy the nut, or have a huge effect on the tuning ability.

    I leave the design in your trusty hands and expereinece!
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    It's commonly done on basses, but it's not necessary. Plenty of basses do fine without it.

    It's not a bad idea to have the angles of the various strings somewhat balanced, so that there's only a small net force on the nut, rather than all the strings trying to drag it the same direction.

    You should stay away from very sharp angles, but normal angles should be fine.

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