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2+2 or 4-in line?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassist_punk, Oct 30, 2002.


  1. 2+2 Headstock

    35 vote(s)
    59.3%
  2. 4 In-Line Headstock

    24 vote(s)
    40.7%
  1. Which look do you prefer?

    2+2 headstock or a 4 in-line headstock?
     
  2. lostcausebass

    lostcausebass

    Oct 29, 2002
    I'm not a big authority on this, because I only have 4 inline basses, but from what others have told me, 4 on a side headstocks are better because they get closer to straight string path and there are less tuning confusions.
     
  3. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    3- and 1!

    :D
     
  4. JoelEoM

    JoelEoM

    Mar 11, 2002
    Lancaster, PA
    i think its an aesthetic thing. on some basses, i like 2+2, on some i like I4. it all depends on body styling. as for straight string paths, there are many companies making basses with straight string paths on 2+2 basses. and guitars for that matter. and for tuning confusion, its really not difficult at all, IMO, but then again, i do play guitar as well.
     
  5. supergreg

    supergreg

    Jan 20, 2002
    Im also a 3+1 man.
     
  6. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I once saw a Fodera bass which it was 3+3 (a six string bass) but the B string was in the slot where the A string should have been to get more tension on the string(does anyone know what I'm talking about) so I ask: "Isn't reversed headstock ideal for basses tension wise???"
     
  7. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
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  8. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    riiiiiiiiiight:rolleyes:
     


  9. :eek:


    o O(genius)


    I like 3 and 1 too, otherwise, 4 in-line
     
  10. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Hey, it really is aesthetics. My Spector does not have straight string paths, and it just has that tone. An the look. So go with what ya like. If it really bothers you, then you know what to do.
     
  11. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I love the Fender head stocks, so Id say 4 in a row, although the 2+2 have a better look some times :)
     
  12. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Personally I think that small headstocks are better, so it's 2+2 for me.
     
  13. mans0n

    mans0n

    Jun 15, 2002
    i like 2+2 looks better! and i feel its more vintagy looking and i hate the look of fender type inline tuners! it looks lame
     
  14. 1964

    1964

    Mar 26, 2002
    Too Close To Hell
    > "i like 2+2 looks better! and i feel its more vintagy looking and i hate the look of fender type inline tuners! it looks lame"

    But Fender [inline headstocks] are the original vintage electric bass guitars, so how can 2+2 be more vintage looking?
     
  15. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    so.......... is reversed headstock ideal for basses tensionwise???
     
  16. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Depends on the headstock design, whatever looks right.

    <---- :)

    I think you left out the "couldn't care less" alternative!
     
  17. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    well, your E has more tension aboe the nut, which can tighten it up. I've also heard that fanned frets are really good, too. You can get retrofit necks that will me your E 35", and your G 34". It's pretty cool. The headstocks they put on them look like butt, though.
     
  18. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Inline for me.
     
  19. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Definitely 2+2. 4 inline would look really silly... :)

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  20. Limo

    Limo

    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    Hey I just figured something out..... 2+2 is 4 right?? I am so smart S.M.R.T. I mean S.M.A.R.T.