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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are you a headstock snob?

(also posted to Strat Talk.)

I certainly am. I won't buy a guitar unless I like the headstock. There is a currently very popular guitar that will remain nameless that is a great guitar but I think the the headstock decal is ugly. I would buy the guitar if it had a better looking logo. Am I the only headstock snob here?

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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I try not to be, but that Epiphone headstock bothers me. I always want to shave it down an inch. Totally irrational, of course. They make great guitars.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't care as long as its not pointy like Jackson, B.C. Rich, etc.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't care as long as its not pointy like Jackson, B.C. Rich, etc.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 02:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You can always mod it. That being said, i'm starting to leave headstocks alone. I do like the traditional look though. I'll leave it to everyone else for their own definition of traditional.

edit* I like the decals to look good too, but could almost care less. Unless it looked like a child scrawled it with a crayon. Decals are easy to take care of.

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Old October 30th, 2011, 03:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So you're not even objecting to the shape, just the logo?

Don't you have any duct tape?
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Old October 30th, 2011, 03:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old October 30th, 2011, 03:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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There are some headstock shapes that are just ugly to my eyes. And, until recently, I hate to admit to being a bit of a headstock logo snob as well.

If it didn't say Fender or Gibson then it wasn't a 'real' strat/tele/LP/whatever.

That changed when I acquired my friend's handmade LP copy. He put his initials on the headstock as the logo (which is fair enough as although it's made from genuine Gibson parts, it's not a Gibson). Because I love the guitar so much - and he essentially customised it to my requirements, I actually don't care that it doesn't say Gibson on there.

But if the headstock hadn't have been the right shape that might have been a different matter...............!!!!
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Old October 30th, 2011, 04:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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headstocks ??? we don't need no stinking headstocks !!! ... the only time i look at the headstock is when i tune or change strings ... headstock snobs are worried about what other people think about their headstock and how it reflects on their worth or significance ... i don't ponder the aesthetics of a hammer ... i just expect it to drive nails efficiently ...and if it has a maple or rosewood handle, i really don't care ...
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Old October 30th, 2011, 04:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'll play anything. But, those Xaviere headstocks are the ugliest I've ever seen on a guitar. Even the pointy ones are better and I can't stand those things. Before I offend anybody, I'm not dogging Xavieres. I've never played one. I just think the headstocks are awful looking.

I like Gibson headstocks much better than Epis. But Epi makes a fine product and I don't mind playing one. I love the old 70's Fender headstocks too. I know most around here don't. But I dig 'em.
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I will never own a pointy guitar or a guitar with a pointy headstock.... or a headstock that looks like a hockey stick. Beyond that I am pretty much open if I like the guitar.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 05:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My accoustic has to have a Martin style, it's like a Tele in that it's the only shape that works, esthetically.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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edit* I like the decals to look good too, but could almost care less. Unless it looked like a child scrawled it with a crayon. Decals are easy to take care of.
one of my logos is a name scrawled by a kid with crayon:P
but i'm not adverse to writing the name on a piece of masking tape
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I play a G&L. The headstock not only has a teat, it's red. So, no, I don't suppose I'm a headstock snob.

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Old October 30th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I really like those Ron Wood model telecaster ESP has out,this shop by me has one for $799, but I just can't get over the headstock, it bugs me. A really great tele, sounds and plays exceptional. One of the reasons I probably won't ever get a custom indy builder guitar is because of the headstock. I don't care if it says Fender or Squier, but the shape has to be there. Also can't stand a strat shaped neck on a tele body, ala Deluxe. Not so much a snob, as a persnickitty SOB.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 07:37 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have never "heard" a headstock yet, sound and feel is more important to me but yes, the Epiphone does look all wrong to me too.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Normally no, but with one exception: I've been impressed by Seagull guitars, but can't get past the headstock.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 08:35 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Heck yes! I don't like bleached white maple, post 60s tuners, modern logos and all the rest of it. I am in therapy though.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I've got to like the looks of the guitar, the headstock is part of that.
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