This is my first thread, and I want to raise two points: (1) the Fender Broadcaster headstock. So I've read that Leo Fender saw the Merle Travis/Paul Bigsby guitar on several occasions in the late '40s. According to Martin Kelly's book "Fender: the Golden Age" Fender's own Don Randall wrote in 1950 that this was "the one Leo copied". The Bigsby headstock sure looks like the later Strat headstock, but not so much like the broadcaster. Leo later claimed a Croatian connection. Here is a quote from Leo Fender in an interview in Guitar Player magazine September 1971: "Just one last question, whose idea was it to have the tuning gears located on one side of the peghead? Well, that's a very old idea that has been around for thousands of years. The Croatians, near Poland, have several instruments with tuning pegs located on one side of the guitar and they invented this years ago." From the reading I've been doing on the internet it would appear this "scroll" headstock can be attributed to the early 19th century Austrian luthier Johann Georg Stauffer, based in Vienna. This "Stauffer style" headstock is still used on some Classical Guitars, came over from vienna to the US with C.F. Martin, was carried on in Vienna by Stauffer's son, and spread throughout Central Europe to other guitar and lute related instruments. In Croatia, and other Central European countries, there are ensembles of Tamburica (or Tamburitza) with a family of 5, 6, 7 instruments. These are string bands, like a mandolin orchestra. Croats emigrated to the US, Canada, Australia etc. There are photos of large Tamburica ensembles in California in the early 20th century. Check out their Stauffer headstocks! Leo could have seen a group like these. These groups are still playing in the US (and Croatia) and luthiers are still making Tamburica. (2) the Precision Bass as the big brother to the Broadcaster. OK. So if we allow that Leo may have been influenced in his headstock design by Stauffer style headstocks on Croatian tamburica. Consider that the Tamburica are traditionally played in an ensemble comprising a FAMILY of instruments, like a string quartet. Small mandolin-like lutes, medium-sized guitar-like instruments, and a relative of the Double Bass. There's one called a Brac or Basprim, looks like an acoustic guitar. The next size up is called Celo, often with four strings, sometimes now tuned EADG. Hmm... There is often discussion about the precedence of other instrument makers who tried to electrify the Double Bass, but what of the consideration that, like in a string quartet, or a tamburica ensemble, Leo was making the big brother of the Broadcaster. Thanks for listening.