This graphic was copied from The Sounding Board, The Martin Guitar Company's newsletter and should answer many of your questions regarding installation of strings. These techniques also apply to most electric guitars. For those instruments with all the tuning machines on one side, just make sure you are wraping and winding the strings on the correct direction. Stop by our store and get the latest copy of the Sounding Board (free of charge). It contains full info on the newest Martin models as well as other interesting articles and news about the company.