SnakeHead headstock question

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  1. VicUA

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    2C04711D-BFE6-4461-984C-0CD9F03BAC05.jpeg 99E9EF0A-5B6C-42F7-8E9F-34891CA0B211.jpeg Hello,
    I build a museum copy of the first prototype (snakehead) Can anyone know what is the small dark dot on a middle of a headstock?
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  2. Steve Holt

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    No clue! I've never seen or noticed that before. If I was making a total guess I'd say maybe some kind of indexing pin and then they plug it? Can't wait to hear from someone who knows.
     
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    I agree. Looks like a walnut wood plug. May be where a hole was originally drilled to hang the neck while lacquering and drying.
     
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    It's the snake eye.
     
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    Just a guess but if it was a copy of their lap steel headstocks it may have been a locating hole in their jig for routing the shape.
     
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    With all details being so simplistic they wouldn’t put a hole in the headstock for any particular purpose. I would say with about 99% certainty you are correct. It’s only reason for existence is to aid in manufacturing.
     
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    Maybe it was hole for the strings retainer installing?
     
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    Looks like you are right. The same version was confirmed by a former employee of Fullerton of the time when a prototype 1 was produced.
    -filled hole was pattern hole, later changed.
     
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