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

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  1. Fiesta Red

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    Pointy-headed heavy metal headstocks. Nope.

    Ovation, Musicvox, Parker, Tyler...Nope, Nope, Nope and Nope.

    I actually like G&L headstocks--old and new. I like Reverend ones as well.
     
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    The suhr headstock has saved me a lot of money.
     
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    Dean for me.

    I was looking into a lower-cost alternative to a Gibson Explorer, and Dean makes a great one, but no matter how bad I've been gassing for one, I just can't get over the headstock. It's not even an oddity or unique thing, to me it just screams "we're stuck in the 80's." And no offense against them or anyone else who likes them, I just personally can't get over it.
     
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    Dean Zelinsky makes some beautiful guitars, but yeah just can't like the headstock.

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    You can hang it on a coathook!
     
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    Dean's are indeed fine instruments, and that headstock wouldn't necessarily stop me from playing one, but it IS ugly, and poorly designed. For that matter, I love the classic Gibson headstock, but it is also a poor design, (easy to break off, string angles that cause a lot of tuning problems) but I still love/own/play them!
     
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    I didn’t realize so many people disliked the PRS headstock. It’s always been one of my favorites.

    In defense of how many ugly headstocks there are out there, I’ve tried to design one, and it’s not easy.
     
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    Not many head-stocks I don't like the shape of, each one seems of make it distinct from the Fender/Gibson ones.

    I like the PRS headstock, it aligns the strings better, is stronger for a gigging guitar and avoids neck dive.

    The only headstock I really don't like are the pointy ones from the 80s.

    Hey, my guitar of real choice is a Telecaster, and some folk loathe their head-stocks;-)
     
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    NOBODY's got the Parker beat... FUGLY

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    I do like John 5 but this just doesn't look right. I have to agree with the above poster, the g&l is subtle...it's not tacky like the Tyler. It's funny how a "tit" can drastically change the fender headstock and be so polarizing.
     
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    I am ok with the Parker and PTS for their practicality.

    And I should be with Seagull but somehow am not.

    I have to saw I love both common strat headstocks. I prefer the larger one somewhat, but only on guitars with maple fretboards.

    But this one is pretty bad in an uncanny valley sort of way...

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    You know, that particular woodgrain headstock isn't half-bad now that I look at it up close. By itself it actually looks pretty retro-futuristic and might sit pretty well on a Backlund-ish guitar. The other ones though with the white wings are more of what I originally had in mind when I made my comment.
     
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    That is about the best looking headstock on a Dean Zelinsky V or Explorer shaped guitar. Yea, but I still can't like it. I would like a standard Dean Z headstock on one though.
     
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    That's what i always thought...:eek:o_O
     
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    Somebody needs to whack that against something... and break one side off. Then whack it again for good measure.
     
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    I'm not sure which is more beautiful... the headstock shape or the inlay?
     
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    Looks more like a headstone than a headstock.
     
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