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Which Guitar Brand or Model Has the Ugliest Headstock? (No one offs, curiosities etc.)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Grandy, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    Certain Epis.
    Really can't live with it. Sorry Epiphone.
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  2. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    I don't like the squared off ones, like James Tyler and Hahn.

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    Also, anything that classifies as "pointy".

    So, not square, not pointy. Picky :D

    Over time, I've come to realize that headstocks (profile, angle, machine heads, even inlay/logo) matter a LOT to my aesthetic appreciation of a guitar. The Collings acoustic headstock is very similar to Martin, but I like it even more, because it's SO plain, SO crisp-edged.

    If I had to choose the overall best design EVER for a guitar headstock, it's the original Stratocaster, no question. It's perfect.
  3. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    This one sucks, too.

  4. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    Did they ever make a guitar that has a bunch of newspaper clippings on the body? That might look interesting.
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  5. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Meister

    Aug 20, 2017
    Federal Way, Washington
    I have the PRS, (and I like the headstock), I used to think the Tele looked like a stunted Strat, now I love the look, I have Epiphone (Casino), I don't have any hockey sticks, but I'm OK with em. But there are some very ugly guitars which I do really dig, The Parker fly for example, it's ugly for sure, but a very nice guitar nonetheless.
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  6. ReaL Madras

    ReaL Madras Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 8, 2012
    I am very particular about headstocks and my opinion appears to follow some of the aforementioned but for clarity I've listed my likes and dislikes:

    Likes: Fender Telecaster, D'angelico, Gibson open book, Gibson Firebird reverse, Epiphone Sheraton, Rickenbacker, Ibanez Artcore Series, Gretsch White Falcon, Seagull ( I actually like it but don't own one), Martin.

    Dislikes: PRS, Suhr, Ibanez -pointed headstocks, Dean, Charvel, BC Rich, James Tyler, hockey stock type - Generally anything metal / pointy with the exception of the ESP / Ltd Ec range which I like.

    It appears that I subconsciously associate the guitar headstocks with types of music.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
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  7. savofenno

    savofenno Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 16, 2010
    Same with me, except i like PRS, Ibanez RG, SA, Destroyer, Iceman, Roadstar and Artist, Dean Angelo Batio, most ESP & LTD too, i think LTD ST-213 and TE-212 headstocks are almost the best ones for Tele and Strat type guitars! Certainly for all which are not Fenders.

    I own 64 guitars inclusive 12 bass guitars, i like headstocks in them all!
  8. Kellysintrouble

    Kellysintrouble TDPRI Member

  9. Slip Kid

    Slip Kid Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2011
    My first instinct is to hate that headstock but just realized that cut-out seems to outline some lady anatomy so it can’t be that bad!

    Seriously, my vote is with the Musicvox. It looks like a coffee table from the late ‘50’s.

    I’m not a fan on the big Strat headstock either, and I’ve been a Strat guy since day 1.

    The headstocks on my PRS and Heritage are okay by me!
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  10. kidmeatball

    kidmeatball Tele-Meister

    Jan 17, 2016
    Delta, BC
    Vancouver, but its tough to cheer for them these days. I'd rather play a guitar with a BC Rich headstock than watch them play. :)
  11. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

    Jun 7, 2017
    Maganatone is much the same 8704-03-magnatone-typhon-x-20-x20-guitar-1965-sixties-vintage.jpg
  12. Boomhauer

    Boomhauer Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2013

    Without the point on the end, these Kramers look appallingly phallic.
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  13. alathIN

    alathIN Tele-Meister

    Oct 25, 2017
    Dean: somehow it looks right on their flying V types. Meh on their explorer-ish stuff. Looks eye-jarringly bizarre to me on a Les Paul type - visual equivalent of dragging fingernails on a chalkboard.

    Agree with someone else who said they're not enamored with the Gibson flying V headstock.

    "Not quite a tele" headstocks grate on my eyes too.

    Blasphemy warning: Strat headstocks always look too big to me. Vintage style, just moderately too big. CBS headstocks more than moderately. If I build a Strat/ish thing some day I will probably put a tele neck on it (yes I know that's going to make a hassle with the neck pocket). Or maybe if it's a relatively cheap Strat kit I'll fix the headstock profile myself.
  14. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

    Dec 14, 2017
    Parker Fly. It's so distractingly bad, I can't even listen to the music.
  15. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    That is one of the few headstocks that I actively hate.
  16. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    Not surprisingly my favorites are disliked. Telecaster, Seagull, and PRS.

    The Telecaster headstock just looks right for that guitar. I've seen so many Tele knockoffs but none appeal to me because the headstock always looks glaringly wrong.

    The Seagull headstock grew on me.

    The PRS headstock has always appealed to me. So simple and with such clean lines, it just looks so elegant to my eyes. I wish I still had mine.
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