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What is a "lawsuit" headstock?

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by eeby, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. eeby


    Mar 27, 2006
    I gather it's the old kind without the point coming off the bottom. What's "lawsuit" about it?

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


    Jul 19, 2006
    and did G and L being lawsuit for this?
  4. Edge767


    Sep 29, 2007
    Houston, TX
    This is my SB-2's "lawsuit" headstock:


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


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

    Templar Supporting Member

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

  6. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    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.
  7. According to ggjaguar the L-1000 changed around 1983, so that's my guess as to when the headstock changed.


    This is what the last incarnation ended up looking like:

  8. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    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.

  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Templar: niiiiice!
  10. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    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
  11. JavaBass


    Apr 21, 2008
    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.
  12. Edge767


    Sep 29, 2007
    Houston, TX
    This is what I heard from a friend who worked there in the mid-eighties.
  13. +1. Yum!
  14. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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

  15. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    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 gui****s, of course)
  16. Edge767


    Sep 29, 2007
    Houston, TX
    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?
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    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?