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 Post subject: Cutting strings/break angle
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:57 am 
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I was noticing on my 4003FL that the A and D strings have a bit more "growl" than the E and G strings (especially acoustically; plugged in it's harder to tell) and noticed this could possibly be related to the increased break angle on the aforementioned outer strings, because the tuning post is closer to the nut for each. When cutting new strings might it be good to leave a little less string on the G and E strings to compensate? How much less?


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 Post subject: Re: Cutting strings/break angle
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:43 pm 
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Less? I wouldn't want to decrease the break angle, especially not that of the E string.

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But do you see what I am saying, Joey? The E and G strings will have a greater break angle than the A and D strings if you cut them all the same length (past the tuner). I'm suggesting evening it out a bit so the sonic character of the strings evens out too--maybe. I may try this later, but right now it's all just in my head.


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 Post subject: Re: Cutting strings/break angle
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Well, let us know hot it works out. Usually a greater break angle provides better tone and keeps the strings away from the fingerboard.

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 Post subject: Re: Cutting strings/break angle
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:13 pm 
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Looking at it the other way, you could leave more length behind on the A and D. Matter of perspective. I think the limit is when you get more than three wraps and stuff gets jumbled up...

I'll report back.


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 Post subject: Re: Cutting strings/break angle
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:43 am 
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I have strung 400X instruments every which way since 1981. There is so little break angle to begin with that you want as many even turns down to the bushing as possible for the greatest stability. Any less, and you will not get more growl. You will get buzz at the nut.

What Cassius said: 2-3 turns (might be able to go 4 on the D or G, depending on how the leader is wrapped) so that there is even winding, no overlap, no binding, down to just barely touching the bushing.


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