Headstock size, Curious about preferences

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Connecticut, Oct 31, 2021.

Which headstock do you prefer, CBS or Not CBS?

  1. CBS

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  2. Not CBS

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  1. marshallfender

    marshallfender Strat-Talker

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    I've found that a left hand CBS and a right hand CBS, bolted together at the heel, make a decent kayak paddle. But be sure to remove the tuning pegs, they pick up every piece of weed in the creek.
     
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    Will Lefeurve Most Honored Senior Member

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    Sounds like a firm of estate agents.. :whistling::D
     
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    I like 50s, jazzmaster, and 70s headstock on strats in that order

    They all kind of work in their own way but classic shape with modern fixings pretty much my thing

    the 70s on a Tele Deluxe is the way to go though.
     
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    I like the smaller pre CBS better. But since the bigger necks seem to ring out and sustain a bit more, maybe the same thing holds true with the bigger headstock? More mass = more sound?
     
  6. Texaspicker

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    I just can’t bring myself to appreciate the larger headstock.
     
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    The CBS headstock is the archetype for all headstocks then and now.
    The marketing Dept. at CBS-Fender wanted a bigger space for more attention grabbing graphics. FENDER Stratocaster as opposed to Fender stratocaster...they even put one on the Tele deluxe!
     
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    I always felt like the large headstocks looked like a start version of mutton chops
     
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    All well and good if you've a decent product to advertise.. but if you h..... :whistling:
     
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    Hahahaha 50&70s rules!!!
     
  11. SpeedKing

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    The larger headstock just suits the equally curvy body shape more and is it's natural companion.

    Personally I think it quite likely that after Leo had thoroughly 'tested' Paul Bigsby's guitar in the early 50's with the lovely big headstock he only went for the smaller 'original' 50's design to avoid his Strat being too obvious a copy.

    Discuss.....
     
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    When I play the large headstock CBS era Tele Deluxe I am fanatically pro corporate America, large headstocks and the superior magnetism of rare earth dual humbuckers.... when I bought the MIM Stratocaster I was decidedly a fan of ceramic pickups excellent output, when I procured the USA made Strat I became a proclaimer of it's fine design and balance, crisp clear clean alnico pickups and well designed neck, when I play the MIM standard Telecaster in Surf Punk Pearl Green I relish the history of the color and with it's alnico pickups the brightness of same epitomizes Fender tone... whilst jamming on the G&L I praise the genius of Leo Fender...........

     
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    Agree with impressions that the larger headstock imparts an asymetric and unbalanced look to the body's design.
     
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    I was strictly classic Fender headstock.
    Then I bought my Squier, and I gotta admit, I now dig that larger headstock. IMG_20210926_080530.jpg
     
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    I actually prefer the big headstock. It balances the guitar . Just my opinion. I have had both.
     
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    Always loved the CBS style headstocks but i am beginning to tolerate the smaller style now to.
     
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    If you have a CBS, you want an non-CBS. If you have a non-CBS, you want a CBS. We want both.
     
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    I own two Stratocasters with both the small original headstock and the large 70s-style headstock :

    Player Series Stratocaster and American Special Stratocaster IMG_8868.JPG IMG_8875.JPG
     
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    Small headstock does it for me ....
     
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    Big headstock, big sustain