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Reverse Headstock. Cool or Lame?
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caboose22



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:23 pm    Post subject: reverse headstocks Reply with quote

I'm debating weather or not to try a reverse headstock in my next strat project. Inca Silver w/ Dakota Red 'competition' stripes, its a standard right-handed body strung normally, just with a left-handed neck. I know this is a heated topic, some people think its awesome, other think its extremely uncool, especially if you're just doing for doing it, not because you're left handed.
So two questions:
1) Is it cool? I know that's a relative question, but just how much of a Jimi backlash am I going to get from this? Does anyone have any good pictures of reverse headstock strats they wouldn't mind posting. All I can find on the 'net is the 60s Hendrix strat in oly white and the Dick Dale strat. Anyone built one?
2) Does it alter the tone in any way? I know this is debatable. The scale length isn't changing at all, but the lenth/angle of the string from nut to tuner is backwards. I'm okay with it changing the tone, but how and why? (So when people ask me, I don't sound stupid.)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool.

There are *no* rules.


If it yanks *your* chain then go for it. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

definitely cool. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i finished this one not too long ago. it's reverse everything tho, this is a right handed guitar converted to a lefty. you can see it's strung for a lefty. there are totally no rules so do whatever will please you. Cool


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missionguitars



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of my Jacksons are reverse headstocks (and pointy as well - just call me "Mr. 80's" Laughing ). I have never noticed a difference in tone, but then again, most have locking nuts on them...FWIW, tuning is a pain in the mudflap unless you are used to ALL your guitars having the reverse headstock...

I say go fer it!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jai, I didn't even notice that was strung lefty when you'd posted that guitar before. I really dig that one. Any yeah, its hard to argue with when people like SRV and Steve Miller played left handed necks on right handed guitars.
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BackInTheSaddle



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ultra cool. And I've heard that a reverse headstock can affect tone a bit -- because it requires the low E string to be longer and the high E to be shorter -- and makes the string angle over the nut different. But I've never been able to verify that since there are so many things that affect tone and I'm too lazy to switch out 2 necks on the same body. But I do love the way those babies look.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think a longer low E might be a good thing, based on the Jaguar. Something to consider. I would wonder too about tuning it. It looks great though. It's an arbitrary shape--it's what we know so we like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the feedback, everybody. I just got a neck and slapped it on the body to see what it would look like. Here's where its at so far. The neck is sitting a little high because I still need to sand down the neck pocket some.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

let me know what you think. Im thinking hard about building one of the 2-3 strats I've got going right now with a left head stock.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only guitar I ever wanted with a reverse headstock:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home Grown Tele wrote:
The only guitar I ever wanted with a reverse headstock:



funny you should mention that



Im probably a week away from making the first mockup one. I've got the CNC about 90% programmed. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dougk wrote:
funny you should mention that



Im probably a week away from making the first mockup one. I've got the CNC about 90% programmed. Twisted Evil


Keep us posted on that one!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do Very Happy It wont quite be a dead nuts Gibson clone (Im scarf jointing the head stock for instance) but it should look pretty good. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Headstocks on those oughta be scarf jointed, or graphite/carbon reinforced. They'll break in a stiff March breeze.

Doesn't make me want one any less. But I'll probably DIY it, too.
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