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    Does string break angle affect string tension?

    This has been annoying me for a while. I'm doing Higher Physics (), and part of the course consists of components of force:

    horizontal component = vcos x angle
    vertical component = vsin x angle

    This got me thinking about the break angle of guitar strings. Does the break angle of a string (saddles and nut) affect the tension required to produce the required note?

    The break angle of this TOM looks to be shallower than the brake angle of this Tele bridge.

    Similarly, the break angle of the strings on the Stratocaster headstock looks is shallower than that of the strings on this Blackdroid headstock.

    Does any of this make a difference?

    Help me out.

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    In a word: no

    What it does do, is increase the force pressing down on the bridge/nut, which some people claim improves sustain. Of course, name any possible feature of any possible guitar and someone out there claims it improves sustain

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    You're the one doing Higher Physics, you tell us!

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    Certainly the amount of string length after the nut can affect bending 'feel,' and many argue (especially in the Telecaster and bass communities) that through-body stringing versus top-loading changes the feel and tension of the string.

    However, I can't quantify it, and people will argue anything about sustain and tone till the cows come home anyways.
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    it will change the percieved tension, and the way tension changes as you bend etc. the actual tension, no. the actual formula for a note is a function of mass, length, and tension, with no factors of the angle back around elsewhere in some other part of the string. anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.

    youre in physics, you should be able to figure that one out

    google string tension equation, its available from daddario. simple algebraic manipulation should let you adjust it to be a function for tension, and youll see there is nothing indicating anything to do with angle
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    find where the string outside of the breakpoints comes into this

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