#4
There harder to get to the tuning keys, for me.

The look stupid.
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#6
Yeah Jimi Hendrix looked so stupid....
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Yeah Jimi Hendrix looked so stupid....

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#9
He played the entire guitar upside down, so technically the headstock isn't different.
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#11
Its just preference on looks..
no real difference.. some say its string tension but it doesn't really matter, cause it breaks the same on the nut...
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#12
I like em.

Well, the lowest e string, has stretched more, so it will be much less floppy when it's on Drop C or something, and the high E will break less due to less tension, so crazy bends are easier.

Yep.
#13
jackson and ibanez look ****ing bad ass with the reverse headstock i think ..... dont put one on a strat though b / c its unorigional and the jackson and ibanez thing is kind of universal now for metal players i think ..... idk im saving up for a badass jackson with emgs, 24 frets, neck through body, and the reverse headstock ..... i cant ****ing wait
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I like em.

Well, the lowest e string, has stretched more, so it will be much less floppy when it's on Drop C or something, and the high E will break less due to less tension, so crazy bends are easier.

Yep.


The tension behind the nut doesn't make a difference to the overall tension, I believe. I was a little surprised when I first heard that, but it does make sense when you think about it. However, the tone does change because of the angle of the string over the nut.
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#15
i think they look awsom! but hey doesnt really matter wich way it is!
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#17
Reverse headstocks does infact makes you look cooler because they sepparates you from the others, however reverse headstocks on strats and V:s is a big
#18
i think they are better balanced, with the tuners on the bottom. might not make a dif depending on the guitar.
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#19
I don't mind them they are just for looks.
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#20
Actually I had the same question. I wanted to put one on my strat build.

Can I just buy a lefty neck and attach that or would I have to do a lot of adjustments to it so it works since I'm a righty. Is there a place where I could just buy a righty neck with reverse headstock if the other idea would be too much trouble?
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#21
It's purely asthetics. The way the headstock is reversed has nothing to do with string tension, at all. String tension remains constant through out the entire length of the string, it's basic physics. If string tension was less, you'd be out of tune.

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Actually I had the same question. I wanted to put one on my strat build.

Can I just buy a lefty neck and attach that or would I have to do a lot of adjustments to it so it works since I'm a righty. Is there a place where I could just buy a righty neck with reverse headstock if the other idea would be too much trouble?

All you'd have to do is flip the nut. You may have to drill holes into the butt of the neck where it attaches to the body, but it isn't likely.

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#23
I read that adds sustain. Why? Don't have a clue....
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I read that adds sustain. Why? Don't have a clue....

That's false. Reversing the headstock has nothing to do with sustain.
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#25
Its got a diffrent tone, and the tenisions are reversed a little, so high e is looser and low e is tighter.
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Quote by LilVikingboy
Actually I had the same question. I wanted to put one on my strat build.

Can I just buy a lefty neck and attach that or would I have to do a lot of adjustments to it so it works since I'm a righty. Is there a place where I could just buy a righty neck with reverse headstock if the other idea would be too much trouble?


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i think that they just look cool....
#27
Quote by bs5538
He played the entire guitar upside down, so technically the headstock isn't different.



Technically it was strung backwards so it was exactly like a reverse headstock.

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#28
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They're kinda annoying to tune because they're backwards


Yeah. Tuning upside-down is certainly.. different, and takes a bit to get used to. Otherwise, they are the same. And they look cool.
#29
Quote by zekk
Its got a diffrent tone, and the tenisions are reversed a little, so high e is looser and low e is tighter.

You'd be out of tune if the tensions are 'reversed'.

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#30
Quote by AlGeeEater
It's purely asthetics. The way the headstock is reversed has nothing to do with string tension, at all. String tension remains constant through out the entire length of the string, it's basic physics. If string tension was less, you'd be out of tune.

Chris


It's not purely aesthetic, as, as I already said, the strings have a slightly different angle over the nut and so the tone is slightly different. I don't think there'd be a huge difference, but it'd be there.

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Its got a diffrent tone, and the tenisions are reversed a little, so high e is looser and low e is tighter.


Please read the damn thread, man! Or at least know what you're talking about!
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#31
Quote by AlGeeEater
You'd be out of tune if the tensions are 'reversed'.

Chris

No you would not! The length is switched around, so the high E is the shortest and the low E is the longest, so there's a little less tension on the high E and a little more on the low E, reverse to what it normally is.
#32
^^Wrong! Look on the back of a pack of d'Addario strings and you'll see a chart with the tensions needed for each string to have the guitar in E Standard tuning. Their is a note which reads something to the effect of 'Tension measurements based on a 25.5 scale guitar.' It does NOT add 'if it's got a 6-aside headstock' for the obvious reason that it doesn't make a blind bit of difference!
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#33
heh, if tensions were different when the stock is reversed, then a MM head stock (4:2 i think) would also have different tensions, and so would a LP Head stock (3:3) ...
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^^Exactly!
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#35
Well I'm not going to pretend that I'm an expert on guitar string physics, I'm certainly not, but thinking upon the matter I reckon I know why there's such a division. so here's my 2 cents.
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Lets assume we're not talking about a locking nut, in which case the guys who say the tention doesn't change with a different headstock would be right.
First, the tention for a tuned string (the tention rating on the back of a string packet) IS a constant value, but the tention that the packet is refering to is that of the "speaking" segment of the string, from nut to bridge. not the entire string segment from bridge to peg, which is a different (slightly looser) tention (this bit should already be pretty obvious to most ppl). since I'm talking about a guitar with a NON-locking nut, which is polished and allows the strings to slide back and forth, that extra part of the string from nut to peg does come into play. For example, when bending a string on the fretboard, the string slides a little bit (a very litle bit!) through the nut towards where the bend is being made and you therefore increase the tention of the string along the headstock aswell as along the fretboard, this means that you won't have to bend the low e string as far on the fretboard while using a regular headstock (where the string goes only just past the nut to the closest peg on the headstock) as you would have to on a guitar with a reverse headstock (where the string goes further past the nut and attaches to the furthest peg). However, the fact that the part of the string over the headstock is a relatively small percentage of the total string length and the fact that there will always be SOME friction between the string and the nut slot means that the difference between regular and reverse headstocks will be very slight, and you probably won't notice a change in the amount that you have to bend to get the same pitch no matter what kind of headstock you are using.
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As I said earlier, I have no experience in this area and I'll be very suprised if I have this all right or if I haven't ignored some other important factor. But if you're not convinced, then pick up your guitar and pluck the string over the headstock while bending on the fretboard. You'll notice that it changes tune, which of course means that the tention is changing.
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#36
I'll second that Warmoth recommendation, I've got a tele that I put a reverse headstock strat neck on, and the thing is killer.
The price was reasonable too!!!
I got it unfinished (did that myself with wipe on poly and steel wool), black dot position markers, drilled for Grover tuners, and stainless steel frets, and the bill came out to 132 bucks, if I remember correctly.