What is a "lawsuit" headstock?

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  1. eeby

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    I gather it's the old kind without the point coming off the bottom. What's "lawsuit" about it?

    Ethan
  2. Infernal Affair

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    It is similar to the Fender headstocks, hence the potential for a lawsuit.
  3. francisl2500

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    and did G and L being lawsuit for this?
  4. Edge767

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    This is my SB-2's "lawsuit" headstock:

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    I don't have any newer G&L's, but here's a neck I found doing a Google search:

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    Although it's a guitar headstock, the new post-lawsuit headstocks for basses are the same overall design.
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  6. Templar

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    I believe this is the one that poked the sleeping dog in the eye.

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  7. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

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    Don't mean to thread-jack, but I recently saw an L1000 on ebay that had the current pointed tip headstock. Is that unusual? Could anyone comment on when the headstock switch was made and when L1k production stopped.
  8. Infernal Affair

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    According to ggjaguar the L-1000 changed around 1983, so that's my guess as to when the headstock changed.

    http://www.ggjaguar.com/l-1000a.htm
    http://www.ggjaguar.com/l-1000b.htm

    This is what the last incarnation ended up looking like:

    http://www.ggjaguar.com/86l-1000.htm
  9. spideyjg

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    The wunkay ended in '91 or so. There is a limited run of them being done but if you want one swing over to BABP and get details.

    Jim
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    Templar: niiiiice!
  11. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

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    I dont think there was a headstock lawsuit. My guess is that the pointy headstock was created because Leo wanted his instruments to stand out from the crowd. Even more than they already did of course... :D
  12. JavaBass

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    I understood G&L was forced to abandon the "Fender" headstock in '82. I have an '82 L1000 fretless and it has the old style headstock. I was under the impression that was when they went to the "wave" or "nipple" G&L headstock.
  13. Edge767

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    This is what I heard from a friend who worked there in the mid-eighties.
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    +1. Yum!
  15. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    Huh. I thought I was the only one who likes the way the old girl looks. May as well show her backside too then...

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  16. Templar

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    Spidey knows for sure, but as I understand it, the "eye gouger" is George Fullerton's design contribution.

    And I believe it's the one and only G&L feature that serves no functional purpose. (other than to intimidate guitards, of course)
  17. Edge767

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    Mine has dates of Dec 1 and Dec 11 1982 on the neck and body, yet mine doesn't look nearly this "aged." I wonder why. Yours was out of its case more, perhaps?
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    I have 6 or 8 G&L's of that vintage; none of them look like that.
    Man, the back of that neck is played in, eh?

    Awesome!

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