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String Through Angle Question

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I have been asked about making a neck-through/string-through strat for a friend. What truly annoys me is they want a painted finish, but that's a different story. In looking at this I started to get curious about exactly why the holes for the strings had to be at 90 degrees through the body. I know this may seem like a "DUH" question, but my thought is that if the goal is extra sustain... and/or better string tension/vibration through the whole bridge-to-tuner connection - would it/could it be any better by perhaps angling the holes for the strings towards the neck? Thus creating possibly more string tension and providing more mass for the strings to vibrate in the body? Or is this just evidence that I did inhale during the 80's?

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