The Absolute Ugliest Headstocks On Big Brand Guitars

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  1. peskypesky

    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    huh??
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    jk

    they typical ones are passable, but definitely not all that aesthetically pleasing

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    and they're basically a softened and fattened version of the Gibson open book,

    they look like paddles to me.
     
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  2. tobijohn

    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Go look at the Heritage headstock I posted and then come back and we'll talk about paddles...:)
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    too thin to be a paddle. you wouldn't move your canoe much.

    i'll challenge you to a canoe race. you use the Heritage headstock, I'll use the Gretsch. Kirobahn gets to use his headless.

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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    LOL, point taken...
     
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  5. Mickey

    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    If y'all will allow me to enter that canoe race I promise to try not to capsize you with the wake from my
    Epiphone headstock paddle. :)
     
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    I think simple elegant looks best. Gibson had some excellent ones in the late 50s to add to the classic open book.

    Fender did a good job of toning down the Bigsby lute-like headstock.

    The only ones I dislike are the overly simple or overly gaudy, but I can at least understand the reasoning on the gaudy ones.

    I think Heritage headstocks look much better with binding.

    I think the Epiphone Casino headstock was great, but I hated my Epiphone LP Custom 9be0bd34b78dc1b3401c0c759a8672d1.jpg 39288f7136dbeda978ff9244eef8fda3.jpg

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    Very strong feelings on head stocks here!

    I am definitely not a headstock aficionado and only occasionally have 'meh' opinions on headstock aesthetics. Most I am okay with.

    That said, I like headstock functionality and like PRS.

    Based on looks and functionality, I really don't like Dean, Ovation's with the lump on top and the John 5 boat paddles.
     
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    Several headstocks look off to me, can't say it'd stop me from buying them if the were attached to great guitars. I have more of a problem with ugly guitars. You know, the twisty gumby guitars that try to be the flavor of the month by looking different.
     
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  9. peskypesky

    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    LMAO!!!!!!!!

    There are some Ibanez headstocks that would come in second place behind my Gretsch canoe.
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Nik Huber is a master of design aesthetics....and the headstock on his Krautster is nice. But yeah, it's basically a variation on the Gibson open-book. Not close enough for a lawsuit, but staying pretty close:

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    Huber's Krautster II is a thing of beauty. VERY expensive beauty.

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    While on headstocks, how about uncomfortable tuning machines, that is the part that you actuate (not the gearing)?

    Too thin, too fat, slippery, stylish but harsh...
    Like a nice cooking implement with a lousy handle, ruins the fun!
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    What a glorious celebration of hatred. I have to admit, I agree with every one.

    I really DO like the Agile headstock. For me it is well into Icon territory
     
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  14. LessPawl

    LessPawl Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Gold Supporting Member

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    Lots of awesome replies here. LOL, it's awesome to see so many opinions in one thread.. When I said the PRS headstock was fugly, I was in no way implying that PRS guitars were lacking in any of the areas that matter most. I've seen at least 5 or 6 dozen PRS guitars come through the barn where I jam. ( It's a barn from the outside, but a seriously awesome jumbo music studio on the inside) When i ask the guys or gals who come through with PRS guitars what their favorite thing is about the guitar or why they bought it, the answer has been remarkably consistent. Bought new, they play well right outta the box, they are great guitars to play, (meaning very player friendly) and the number one reason, they love the quality of the build and the beauty of the woods and finishes.

    I still think the PRS headstocks are way too small for the average PRS guitar, but that's one opinion. And the John Mayer version is just a flat out violation. :)

    I think I'll change my avatar to one of my blingy Epi boat Oar headstocks. LOL

    I do like the fancier Agile HS's too.

    Thanks for the comments, fellas.
     
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    LessPawl Well-Known Member Supporting Member+ Gold Supporting Member

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    Love the White Headstock, but the rest of the guitar not so much. YMMV


     
  16. stevebway

    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    I don't care how expensive or cheap the guitar.If I don't like the Head Stock it's a no go for me. There's something about the "End" that is vital for aesthetic balance. It's an almost visceral thing and one of the most interesting aspects in the entire topic of guitar aesthetics for me. Go as way out with the electronics as you can, use a whammy bar designed by NASA, just put an "old fart" head stock on it.
     
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    Of the guitars I’ve owned, I think the Telecaster has the ugliest headstock.
    I agree on most mentioned here. I can’t say anyone has mentioned hating one that I love.

    I will say that I hate this...
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    and love this...

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  18. DonM

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    This is the one in my custom made LP. I remember him telling me he had to tweek the head because of threat of lawsuit from Gibson. It's worked for me.

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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    I could live with the above
     
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    I actually like the Epi headstock better than the Gibson.

    I believe he was referring to a Strat headstock on a Tele, which I also don't like. I do really like the normal Tele headstock.

    Don't like any of the pointy head stocks (or guitars). Don't like the Strats with the large headstock. Those always look to me like someone got the scale wrong when making the template. Just wrong.
     

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