4x2 headstock

Medeltids

Tele-Meister
Silver Supporter
Joined
Mar 26, 2021
Posts
142
Age
61
Location
California
I wanted to get some input from our collective...is there any “downside” to using a 4x2 headstock?
34F29844-9086-400A-8063-B7C7D98FBDE1.jpeg

Seems you just don’t see them much. Personally, I find this configuration visually interesting but have no experience with them.

Cheers.
J
 

Freeman Keller

Poster Extraordinaire
Joined
Aug 22, 2018
Posts
8,861
Age
77
Location
Washington
Everything I can think of is pretty minor. You'll need two sets of tuners and have a 2x4 set left over unless you are able to source s 4x2 set. If you play other guitars you might find yourself fumbling for the tuner button. It looks like that guitar got by without a tree for the middle strings, lay out your paths carefully. Otherwise it should be fine
 

schmee

Doctor of Teleocity
Silver Supporter
Joined
Jun 2, 2003
Posts
19,566
Location
northwest
I see no down side. If one was using logic then maybe 3+3 makes the most sense.
 

Medeltids

Tele-Meister
Silver Supporter
Joined
Mar 26, 2021
Posts
142
Age
61
Location
California
Everything I can think of is pretty minor. You'll need two sets of tuners and have a 2x4 set left over unless you are able to source s 4x2 set. If you play other guitars you might find yourself fumbling for the tuner button. It looks like that guitar got by without a tree for the middle strings, lay out your paths carefully. Otherwise it should be fine
Thanks Freeman. 4x2 sets are available...even 2x4. Not ubiquitous but available.
 

ctmullins

Tele-Meister
Ad Free Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2018
Posts
463
Location
MS Gulf Coast
No downside, just upsides: more compact headstock, possibly less need for those annoying string trees.
 

Jim_in_PA

Friend of Leo's
Silver Supporter
Joined
May 31, 2019
Posts
3,170
Location
SE PA - Doylestown PA
It what I've adopted for all of my builds other than the very first one. I buy the tuners in 4x2 matched sets (Gotoh) so there's no leftovers. My bass is 3x1 in the same respect and I bought the tuners individually to suit.
 

JohnnyThul

Tele-Meister
Joined
Nov 18, 2021
Posts
265
Age
39
Location
Germany
You can use Sperzel tuners and rebuild them individually for left or right use.
It's one of the reasons I really like them and as far as I know the only machine head, where that is possible.
 

dogmeat

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Oct 12, 2017
Posts
3,488
Age
71
Location
Alaska
all things equal... it will be slightly more top heavy because the weight of the 4 tuner is farther out than the position it would have on a 3x3. but.... probably less top heavy than 6 in line
 

Medeltids

Tele-Meister
Silver Supporter
Joined
Mar 26, 2021
Posts
142
Age
61
Location
California
Thanks for the input. Aesthetics aside, mechanically it appears sound and no string tree is definitely a +.
As for bending the B string above the nut, not really an issue for me. I’m not that clever.
 

GunsOfBrixton

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Dec 9, 2011
Posts
2,141
Location
Rochester, NY
I used it on my last original Design builds. no issues at all.
 

Attachments

  • 20210724_114340.jpg
    20210724_114340.jpg
    102.3 KB · Views: 38
  • 20210620_130546.jpg
    20210620_130546.jpg
    94.8 KB · Views: 40
  • IMG_20210903_210424_422.jpg
    IMG_20210903_210424_422.jpg
    342.9 KB · Views: 34

88 asat

TDPRI Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2020
Posts
54
Age
68
Location
East Texas
You can use Sperzel tuners and rebuild them individually for left or right use.
It's one of the reasons I really like them and as far as I know the only machine head, where that is possible.
What I was gonna say, and swaping from left to right is easy.
 

bullfrogblues

Poster Extraordinaire
Silver Supporter
Joined
Jun 5, 2011
Posts
5,244
Age
71
Location
Southeast Florida
I've used the 4x2 on the last 5 guitars I made. I bought locking Hipshot 4x2 sets from Sporthitech.com. I love the looks and I'm now used to reaching for the high E string on the bottom!
 

Attachments

  • Sapele headstock.jpg
    Sapele headstock.jpg
    193.9 KB · Views: 27
  • MM neck-RickP.jpg
    MM neck-RickP.jpg
    102.5 KB · Views: 36




New Posts

Top