While looking at several images of classical guitar headstocks, I noticed that there seem to be several ways people wind their strings on the capstans.
I have always used the variant where I wind the A, D, G and B string towards the inside:
But the other variant is to wind them all towards the outside:
(Note: These are images of some very expensive guitars, so I assume they know what they're doing?)
What would be the advantages/disadvantages of the second alternative? Can it be bad for the nut? Or does it depend on the guitar?
Here are a few of my own thoughts, but they are mostly theoretical:
- With the second alternative, the tuning stability for the D and G strings might be better, because the last winding is being held in place by the other windings?
- Look at the first picture: The G string touches the middle beam and that may be suboptimal? (If it happens also for the D string, which it sometimes does on my guitar, it may even cause abrasion on the wood and the string - I personally don't care too much about the wood there, but maybe some people do)
So I would like to try the second alternative, but looking at how the nut on my guitar looks, it seems that its notches have already been a bit indented to the left/right of the D/G strings. Currently, the amount of that looks just normal, but I assume this would get more pronounced if I use the other stringing alternative. I wonder, if this matters at all?