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Electric Guitars with Slotted Headstocks?

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Aint Life Hell?, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Aint Life Hell?

    Aint Life Hell? Member

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    Hello,
    I have contacted a custom builder to talk about my having a guitar built.
    I've always had a thing for acoustic guitars with slotted headstocks.
    Recently, I saw a photo of a Benedetto with a slotted headstock and I started to wonder if a solidbody electric or semi-hollow design would work with a slotted headstock...
    Has anyone around here seen a such a thing?
    If so, where...?
    Pros...Cons...help, please.
    Thanks!
    MG
     
  2. Unburst

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    When I was a kid I had a Kawaii guitar, it was like a double cut LP and it had a slotted headstock.

    Not a bad guitar but that headstock was a b*tch when it came to restringing.
     
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    Tim Diebert is a great guy - but his waiting list is LONG.

    Best,
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    I don't think Tim's list is that long, and I can definitely testify the wait is worth every minute.
     
  6. dzo

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    John Bolin http://www.bolinguitars.com makes an electric with a slotted headstock. I have one of these and I can't think of any drawbacks. The benefits for this particular guitar are lighter weight so the guitar balances nicely, the side of the headstock are thicker than a traditional headstock so it's very strong, and the increased break angle over the nut increases sustain and clarity on open notes. You can also access the truss rod without having to unscrew anything.


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  7. satinsixstring

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    Don't forget, 12-string Rics have slotted headstocks too!
     
  8. Aint Life Hell?

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    I'll check out the links, thanks.
     
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    Dude, thank you for posting that link! I've been in love with the look of those guitars forever and have always wondered what they were! Thanks!
     
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    Godin Jazz Multiac. It's been around for quite a few years now. Great
    guitar too.

    --Tom
     
  11. TeleTubby

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    The Turner Model 1 featherweights all feature slotted headstocks, just like mine...

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  12. John Catto

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    Yeah the headstock on the Model 1 featherweight looks great

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    FYI, the standard Model 1 Featherweight no longer has a slotted headstock.
     
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    I personally LOVE the styling of the Bolin NS & the headstock was what first drew me to it. dzo, how does the NS stack up in the grand scheme of things? Meaning, as it's a 2HB single-cut guitar is it very LP'ish, or does the maple bolt-on neck and ash body thin the sound out some? Is the neck very beefy (I dig big necks)? I've been GAS'ing for one for ages, but haven't really been in a position to get one as of yet. Tell me it sounds & plays crappy so I can hold off the GAS pains a bit longer. :) (just kidding of course)
     
  15. dzo

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    EunosFD,

    It has an alder body with a thin maple top, rock maple neck, 25.5 inch scale and a compound radius. The neck is medium sized but feels big close to the nut. I think it has the snap and clarity of fender with fat gibson tones. It's a very sweet sounding guitar. The reviews on this page can describe it better than me:

    http://www.bolinguitars.co.uk/pages/review_window.htm

    There are many variations of this guitar so check with Bolin if there is something specific you want. His distributor has them new on ebay for $1700.
     
  16. Karmateria

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    Those headstocks have a whole different feel to them visually. If the guitar is designed as a whole it can look good, but just putting one on a tele or a LP would look bad I think.

    Also, I've heard that the lower the mass of the headstock, the less sustain (on electrics). True?
     
  17. Aint Life Hell?

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    I have always loved the Turner Model 1's, but I have never seen one with a slotted headstock, and that looks GREAT!
    If you ever want to part ways, send me an email!
    Killer set up you have going there man...
    Best,
    MG
     
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    www.nikhuber-guitars.com
    Nik Huber isn´t bad either! But his waiting list is equally long.....:Devil


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