I hate to say it, but my favorite non-Fender strat headstock is.....

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Let's not forget these fugly misteps.
 

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I kind of give PRS some props for using their headstock design (flipped over) on a Strat body just to shake things up - they definitely didn't have to run their design past Fender's legal team.

I understand the comments about the Suhr headstock - it does look pretty generic, but they also offer a couple of other designs that you can get when you order a custom build.

But there are only so many ways you can do a Fender headstock so they do become kind of generic. Except the James Tyler headstock:

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That is one of the worst looking headstocks ever. Always liked the Fender telecaster headstock. I like the PRS headstock but not on the Silver Sky particularly. I think Suhrs and Anderson's look fine. My vote for the best non Fender would be the Ibanez AZ's.
 

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A cool headstock is certainly a factor for me when buying a guitar. I have always been fascinated with the Tele headstock.
 

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Sheesh, man, never knew you were such a Music Man hater 🤣
I never understood the 4&2 thing
I have a kramer 5 string fret-less bass, in order to for the 5 Machine heads on the bass' hockey stick head stock and not drag the strings at a weird angle across the nut you have to wind the E-1 backwards on the machine head (too strange) , simplicity rocks
 

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I find most non-Fender strat (and tele, by the way) headstocks to be cheesy or fugly. Even on the high-end guitars, like Suhr. And ironically, I'm not a fan of the usual PRS body shapes. But I like the headstocks, and I think it looks great on a strat body.
That PRS headstock kind of reminds me of my first electric guitar’s headstock in a George Jetson kind of way.

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I really like the Epiphone Masterbilt offset-open-book or parted-hair or whatever you want to call it shape.

It's the only one that's really turned my head in recent memory.
 

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I find most non-Fender strat (and tele, by the way) headstocks to be cheesy or fugly. Even on the high-end guitars, like Suhr. And ironically, I'm not a fan of the usual PRS body shapes. But I like the headstocks, and I think it looks great on a strat body.
Right shape, but wrong orientation.
(but, admittedly, less likely to get dinged) ;)
 




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