Thread: Break angles
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Old 12-17-2017, 02:07 PM
Alan Carruth Alan Carruth is offline
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What Roger said.

I did some experiments on this several years ago, and found that you don't need nearly as much break angle as some folks seem to think. The point of the break angle is to 'fix' the end of the string and define it's speaking length. So long as the string doesn't hop off the top of the nut or saddle as it vibrates, or roll sideways, it will 'know' how long it is, and what note to make. All the vibrating force will be transmitted to the guitar, and more break angle won't increase the signal. So far as I can tell, something like 12-15 degrees of break angle should be 'enough'; any more than that is superfluous.
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