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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass_Machine, Jul 21, 2005.


  1. Bass_Machine

    Bass_Machine

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    I've seen in a couple of threads people exressing their likes and dislikes in regards to certain headstock designs. I was just wondering what everybody's favourite is? Is it due to the shape, the logo or the combination of both? Also, what sorta tuner configuaration does everyone prefer? Has an ungly headstock ever stopped you buying an otherwise great bass?
     
  2. Groover

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    At this point, I like Fender and the the EB Stingray headstocks. But if I had to pick my favorite, it would be the Stingray's. It's a little smaller than the Fender, and I like the G tuning key on the other side.

    I also like matching or black headstocks better than plain wood, but none of the mentioned preferences would prevent me from buying a good bass, especially if it's a good deal.

    I stay away from pointy headstocks though. I have one (my first bass), and I just can't stand it... makes me feel like I'm a head banger while playing a blues riff... just doesn't work.
     
  3. Razor

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    Like Groover, I prefer the matching headstocks. It just looks better to my eyes.

    My favorite headstock designs are, The Rickenbacker and my all time favorite....the Buzzard designs. I used to hate pointy headstocks (Carvin, Jackson) and I still pretty much do, but the Buzzard is just classy....it's a classy, pointed headstock! :p

    The headstock shape on an instrument, has never kept me from liking/playing an instrument...I've played some pretty ugly instruments, and like the Carvin's and Jackson's mentioned above...some of those visually didn't appeal to me but they were wonderful players.
     
  4. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

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    favorite : fender, ibanez, sadowsky, rickenbacker, yamaha

    not so favorite : bc rich, warwick, G&L, jackson/charvel, carvin
     
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  6. iamthebassman

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  7. Juniorkimbrough

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    the only headstocks that i've really seen that made me say "man that headstock is ugly".....are Jackson and the old SX style headstocks..
     
  8. seansbrew

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    I think a headstock should be funky. Something I will definetly want if I ever order a custom bass.
     

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  9. mike sancho

    mike sancho SANCH

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    I like Roscoe, Smith, G&L, MTD, Pulcinella, Sadowsky, Alembic, and Zon. My preference is for matching headstocks too. I don't like really big ones or really small ones. Funny when I was younger none of these things mattered.
     
  10. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

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    Look at the headstock on this, fuuuuuuunky. :)
     

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  11. .matthew e wengerd.

    .matthew e wengerd. inarticulate bassist

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  12. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

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    Now that's funky, I love it. :D
     
  13. angrydad

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    Favorite : Mid 90's Fender Jazz Plus
    Least Favorite : The new SX headstock...looks like a parrott.
     
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Those always reminded me of one of the monsters in the Mario Games, LOL!!

    I think they were called Blaargs or something.


    Would love to have an Eshenbaugh though!!
     
  15. .matthew e wengerd.

    .matthew e wengerd. inarticulate bassist

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    I used to hate it (eh, I guess they just didn't thrill me). Now that I'm getting one, I happen to think they're one of the most beautiful and intersting designs in headstockdom.
     
  16. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree.. I've been following your thread about it..
     
  17. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

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    I prefer my headstock to be symmetrical, or close to it. My favorite would probably be the Carl Thompson. My Ibanez has a very small headstock for a 6 string, which is better for balance.

    I don't really like the normal Fender headstock, byt the Tele style is cool IMO.

    Least favorite has to be any type of reversed, 4 to a side headstock. Or the big old school Fender boat oar.
     
  18. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player Supporting Member

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    Right now I can't think of a favorite headstock for a 5 or 6-string bass, but for a 4-string, no other like this one to me:

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    Old Ibanez Roadstar basses had a similar one. A friend has one and I love it just for the headstock. Again, for 4-strings only.
     
  19. Juneau

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    I like this one, go figure lol

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  20. pocket sand

    pocket sand Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm a fan of the traditional 4-to-a-side headstock. As far as shape goes I like Fender, Lakland, Musicman, and the old SX. When it comes to 2-to-a-side, I really dig how Warwick aligns their tuning keys. It gives it a distinct look.
     
  21. Funky Tune

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    i most liked the big headstocks,i like Fenders,Sadowsky and one of my favs ever is Tobias headstocks,and MTD are very nice too,i like the Warwicks too.
     

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