Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Re: How do you align your nut pads?
I think the point of the vertical orientation is so that the pads can "tilt" to the left or right to accommodate the difference in string size. That's why I've always oriented mine that way. It's comforting to know that Ibanez realized the same thing and orients the flat spots on the underside to capitalize on this.
Ultimately, I think it's not going to matter (as far as string slippage) which way you do it, but I think you'll get more wear under the "bigger-string" side of the bolt-head if you orient the ridges horizontally.