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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Oct 19, 2019.
Stratocaster has the best headstock in the business.
Me too. Tele Deluxe!
Ask Joe D’Ludovich, I bet he knows.
It's somewhat similar to old designs, along with the Travis-Bigsby guitar...but I've always though it's also designed like that to suggest the appearance of a treble clef.
I think it's fine, as long as it's on a Stratocaster. I don't like it on other guitars.
Yeah, I didn't mean to imply that one came before the other just that they look similar.
I always thought the various shred axe headstock shapes were a big departure from the Fender shape, but the body shapes they were paired with were still pretty stratty and that resulted in some ugly visuals.
Ibanez was one company that, on their RG series, drew a metal-looking headstock shape that went pretty well with the thinner, pointier Strat-inspired shape. To me the RG-type guitars look pretty cohesive.
Leo would never admit it was Paul Bigsby's headstock shape that fueled the Stratocaster headstock choice, but it was. Paul in turn had drawn his inspiration from the "scroll" effect you see on violins, cellos and double basses from history. It's true that at the same time Leo had received feedback that from a shape design POV, the Telecaster headstock was considered ugly by more than a few people. Not to say that it IS ugly but from some aesthetic perspectives it is perceived as lacking balance. Anyway, the biggest factor is the Bigsby factor.
ever wonder why?... no, not really, it is what it is.....
i like the look of a tele headstock more... but feel a whole lot safer hanging a strat on a wall hanger than a tele!!
Yes, just like... The earth is flat.
it is? ... .. coulda fooled me...
I like the Tele headstock, but its not as sexy as the Strat headstock. We learn to like the Tele headstock in the context of a Tele - it resonates with the guitars simplicity. Strat headstock resonates with the guitars nice aesthetics and sophistication.
And Bigsby may have got the viol influence by way of 19th century Stauffer guitars:
I started playing later in life. Up to that point, I did have an awareness of Strats and Teles... I thought then (and still do) that the original Strat headstock shape is one of the best pieces of functional design aesthetic ever created. I also thought the Tele headstock was severely unattractive. Made me think of a mosquito's beak.
But then, I also thought that Teles had a narrower fingerboard than Strats, and that this made them "rhythm" guitars, compared to the obvious 'lead' character of the Strat.
It's cosmetic. It looks just a little more like the Bigsby than the Tele did.
If you mean simply stolen by Fender, I agree.
I always thought it came from a Bigsby. Anyway it's so iconic along with Gibson that doing any other shape is difficult. At least for guitar nerds. I think that is true of body shape too.