So I'm gonna be practising building necks soon using scrap timber, wont actually be using them just to get used to neck shaping, cutting frets, fretting etc.

So my question is are headstock angles really necessary??

Also would it be possible to do a pointed headstock (think ESP/Jackson/BC Rich) without an angle?

Edit: I will be trying out both ways but just want to see what you guys say.
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It depends on the neck design, you have to have some sort of angle for the strings to go from the nut to the tuners so that they will be held on the nut. You can either achieve that with a headstock angle or by making the headstock face sit lower down than the fretboard like on fender style guitars.

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