Guitar String Texture

I’m working on a guitar model (an HD version of Clementine from Brutal Legend.)

I want to make the four top strings on the guitar wound strings, and I have an effect that works… sort of. I looked on the forum, and it seems I’m not the first to have this problem, but their solutions don’t work for my project.

You can see that shallow camera angles distort the effect. It also fails on curved strings.

Here’s the material

I know the camera node is causing the problems with the perspective, but even if I use the Object node, the curved strings still have the same problem.

I want the lines to follow the curve of the string, like this:

If anyone can help me, I’d be very grateful.

Camera coords? I’d use curves and simply twist up the coordinates a little:

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Hope this helps, mash from curve, set seam, unwrap, follow active quads then apply material.
StringWindingOnly.blend (1.0 MB)

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@CarlG
@colkai

Wow, thank you both so much. Both of those methods look perfect. I’m still new, and I guess I need to get more practice with curves. I found them to be fiddly, so I ended up using the spin tool. lol