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Little or Large headstock.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by garyhoos1, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Strat-Talker

    Age:
    48
    483
    Jan 10, 2017
    San Diego
    I like big fat headstock at the end of a baseball bat neck.
     
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  2. Ace38

    Ace38 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    46
    373
    Aug 8, 2016
    Tulsa, OK.
    I didn't even catch that..haha. Of course, I"m a little under the weather..so that's probably why.
     
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  3. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

    OK, since my first Stratocaster (first electric even) is my '76 hardtail natural. Bullet TR, and I like it.

    First partscaster I wanted a big headstock, RW board. Found on w/o the bullet TR. Didn't want to pay the $$$ for a CBS era RW board one.

    Of my other ones I have smaller HS's, although a project Deep Purple Greatest Hits inspiration guitar will have a bullet TR big headstock RW neck.

    I'm of the opinion that more mass on the end of the neck means more sustain, although it could just be my hardtail.
     
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  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I have owned and played a few of both type headstocks, and I really never noticed any difference in sustain characteristics.
     

  5. Count Glockula®

    Count Glockula® Strat-Talker

    Age:
    106
    103
    Aug 16, 2009
    Fenderland, CA
    Small because #1) I have one, and #2.) that's how they started with it.
     
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  6. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Yeah, and cars started with steam engines. :D
     

  7. spellcaster

    spellcaster Strat-Talker

    314
    May 12, 2008
    Canada
    I think either the large or small headstock looks fine with a Strat. The large CBS headstock looks a bit oversize on the 24" scale Fender necks.
     

  8. TorontoMapleStrat

    TorontoMapleStrat Strat-Talker

    Age:
    48
    105
    Jan 8, 2016
    Toronto, Canada
    Size doesn't matter. Its not going to change your tone. Well not in your guitar anyways. Your woman may squeal a little more with the big headstock
     
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  9. Jason D

    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    42
    Jan 30, 2016
    Fulton MO

  10. BobbyS

    BobbyS Strat-Talker

    339
    Dec 11, 2011
    Los Lunas, NM
    I like the small. large ones make the guitar look unbalanced
     

  11. Neil.C

    Neil.C Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 3, 2012
    Surrey, England
    Always preferred the original head stock.

    The giant version does goes match up well with huge flares and tank tops though. Very much "of its time".
     
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  12. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    Anybody with any experience in the design or engineering camp will point out straight away that the large headstock is unbalanced aesthetically. You basically have extra/surplus mass where its not needed, doing absolutely nothing. Except of course housing that damn awful CBS decal.

    Nah.. it was right in the first place. The balance was perfect.. until CBS decided it wasn't. Still.. we're all different. We can't all appreciate technical beauty. It is in the eye of the beholder after-all..
     
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  13. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    I agree with you. I guess that's part of why Iike it. It's... quirky.
     
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  14. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    Oh, I like quirky @Cerb ... love it. Just not those 'quirky' headstocks.. ha ha :)
     
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  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I don't know, I like both, but I do think the big ones have a certain aesthetic appeal all their own.
     
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  16. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    One mans aesthetic appeal is another mans 'just plain ugly'. I'm defo in the 'ugly' camp re those headstocks.. but heh.. it is but a pimple on a beautiful bottom.. ;)
     

  17. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    Like a hot woman with a big nose. :D


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  18. Will Lefeurve

    Will Lefeurve Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 1, 2016
    England & France
    Jeez.. that made me rip.. :thumb::D
     
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  19. Lost Sailor

    Lost Sailor Strat-O-Master

    516
    Aug 20, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    I have both, I like the large best especially when played upside down
     
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  20. Moopha

    Moopha Strat-O-Master

    570
    Jan 29, 2011
    Northern Caucasus