Weird Headstocks! - Love 'em or List 'em?

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  1. zowenso

    zowenso Member

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    I have a really hard time with Suhr headstocks. I just can’t get down with them. They make me think of the head of a Skeksis from the dark crystal.
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    Give me the Classics. Gibson, Fender, Danelecteo, Martin etc.
     
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  2. Hackdog69

    Hackdog69 Supporting Member

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    Headstocks are hard....
     
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  3. jblake

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    I’ve played a few D’Angelico guitars that would’ve come home with me if not for the headstock.

    It’s not the little horns. Personally, I like a straight pull across the nut.
     
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  4. 83stratman

    83stratman Supporting Member

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    Not unique at all. That is Jackson's take on a Fenderish head stock up until Fender bought Jackson.

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  5. Tony Done

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    A striking resemblance. Oh well, great minds and all that. Mine was governed by the limitations of the original headstock shape, and leaving the logo intact.
     
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    Ain’t gonna happen. It’s a statement. Either you know or you don’t.
     
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  7. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    both of those, buuuuut..... that koll!
     
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  8. teofilrocks

    teofilrocks Supporting Member

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    I admit I get a little weirded out by some heastocks, and it’s held me back from certain guitars/brands. And yet the PRS headstock doesn’t bother me at all, like it bothers some. I was analyzing this the other day, why I’m ok with their pointy headstock. And I think I figured it out. It’s not just that it gives a straighter string path, which I prefer over the Gibson style. But it shares similar proportions with the typical PRS body shape. Allow me to illustrate (I used the back photos so no one got distracted by flamey maple or birds):

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    If you don’t like pointy, you don’t like pointy, fair enough. But I think the PRS headstock makes some sense when compared to the body shape.
     
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  9. Little_Wing

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    I'm starting to develop a real phobia about this. I have a Jackson Dinky and I think the Jackson headstock is the dumbest idea I've ever seen. The angle that some strings take, especially the high E, is ludicrous. I'll be building a Warmoth shred guitar this summer that will replace the Jackson and i'll be getting the warhead which I have on another neck and I really like.
    BTW, nice photo. I've never noticed that about PRS's before
     
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    ESP's "melting" (there's a much less polite name amongst ESP afficianados) three on a side headstocks are something I just can't get past visually. Functionally they're better than the six on a side design, but visually it's like seeing a prison tattoo on a supermodel.

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  12. JiveJust

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    Ever notice (beyond copying early Bigsby guitar headstocks) that a Fender Strat kinda looks like the side profile of an upright bass or cello peg head? I just noticed that the other day.
     
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    I'm more forgiving of a oddly shaped headstock if it's design aids in a straight string pull. If it's an odd shape for the sake of being odd I usually don't dig them.
     
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    I wish I didn't care but.......I do.

    I'm sorry G&L. I'm sure you make wonderful guitars.
     
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    Don't know about weird, but maybe a bit unusual. I got a Framus Panthera that has just the coolest smooth little headstock. I also have an Ibanez Jet King II, which has an absolutely awesome headstock shape. Here are some pictures (just for headstock shape reference, ot my guitars)

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  16. jwguitar

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    I always liked those guitars. They actually played really well and aesthetically the looked really interesting.
     
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    The jet king II is such a cool design. I bought the bass awhile back.
     
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  18. MartinC

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    I'm a Suhr and PRS owner. Never had a problem with the headstocks of either ... and have read much ado about both. I thought I was immune.

    But I recently beheld a Chapman ML1 Pro. I'm not really a fan of reverse headstocks anyway ... but the Chapman headstock, when viewed from the driving seat with the guitar strapped on, looks bizarre. Twisted and broken. I'm not sure I could live with one ... despite the rest of the guitar feeling fairly top drawer.
     
  19. vortexxxx

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    Most of the headstocks so far are cool in a way. I actually was looking for a vintage Kay in great shape with that headstock once. The lettering on a Tyler turns me off still, but who knows, I may not mind it in the future..
     

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