Straight String Pull
Guitars with straight(ish) string pulls have been around for a long time. Certainly Johann Stauffer of Austria was using straight string pulls in the early 1800’s. It’s hard to say whether this was for acoustical reasons or just so that his guitars could be conveniently hung from a peg using their “Turkish slipper” headstock shape. I use a straight string pull through the nut for both playability and acoustical reasons. The straight string pull means less friction over the nut, easier tuning, better tuning stability and more reliable intonation; all significant benefits to the player. The straight string pull arrangement complements the compensated nuts that I use. As far as I am aware, a three-a-side tuner arrangement on steel string acoustic guitars yielding a straight string pull is unique to me. The innovation here was in staggering the tuners so that they could actually fit into the headstock; it’s impossible to achieve a three-a-side straight string pull with a symmetrical tuner array. It’s also impossible to achieve on a classical guitar using standard slot-head tuners. So to gain the considerable benefits of less friction over the nut, easier tuning, better tuning stability and more reliable intonation from using a straight string pull I use planetary pegs on my classical guitars. These look almost identical to traditional ebony tuning pegs but have a gearing arrangement actually inside the body of the peg. They work wonderfully well.