Scroll headstock?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Nick Gann, Sep 23, 2002.

  1. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I am gonna start playing DB soon at school, and I am really excited about it. And as a result, I have a few questions to ask.

    One that has been bugging me is:

    Why do almost all basses, violins, cellos, and violas have a scrolled headstock? Does the shape/form add anything in terms of stability or sound? Or is it that way simply because it was always done that way, and it looks cool?

    Thanks you guys.

  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I do believe that it acts as a counterbalance to the vibration of the bass. I had a friend that had the scroll knocked off his bass and the sound was different. When Humpty was glued back together the sound was restored.

    I had a plywood bass, that I unfortunately had to sell, that I wanted to experiment with. My plan was to drill through the center of the scroll, from side to side, and embed a lead rod. Maybe one day in the future I'll get a chance to play with this.
  3. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
  4. That's the funniest Double Bass description I have ever read.