i was browsing musicians friend, doing a bit of its-a-shame-i-cant-afford-these window shopping when i came across this strat.
fender 60s reverse special strat
it says

the flipped headstock reverses the length of the strings, and combined with the reverse-slant bridge pickup, delivers feel and tone uniquely different from traditional Stratocasters.

can anyone tell me how and why its so different? what about the different length of the strings makes this unique?
the position of each string's tuning head changes location. the low E, for example, has its tuner on the far end of the headstock, thus increasing its length compared to a normal strat.

the bridge pickup is slanted in the opposite direction, much like hendrix's strat was (though his was unintentional, in a way - it was just an effect of using a right handed guitar upside-down).

i don't think the string length will change your sound much, if at all. the bridge pickup will change it a little bit. it's mostly cosmetic imo.
It's the reversed bridge pickup that's going to make alot of the tone difference.

It makes a big difference as the polepieces are in the opposite places to what they normally are. Hendrix obviously had this effect alot due to restringing a right hander but another one who has it is Gary Moore. The neck pup in his goldtop is reversed which helps with his signature sound.
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im pretty sure it makes down tuning the lower strings easier, but i dont know

i just know that all of the major metal guitar makers use reverse headstocks for a reason
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As far as string length I don't think that will matter much if at all since the distance from the nut will still be the same.
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It's supposed to be a Jimi Hendrix style strat without calling it one, that's why it has the reversed bridge pickup too.
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As far as string length I don't think that will matter much if at all since the distance from the nut will still be the same.

thats what i was thinking. thanks for the help everyone
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Common myth, reverse headstocks do not change string tension considerably, if proof is need I will try digging up an article written by a mature inventor and luthier on another site.

It doesn't change the string tension but it does change the way the string responds to changes in tension (i.e. plucking) because those strings with more string beind the nut before the tuner can stretch more there. It's a marginal effect (les noticable than changing the angle the string goes over a tune-o-matic bridge for example) but it is there.
It'll screw you up when you try to tune it... Cause I always think the low E string is tuned at the closest tuner right? So I did the same with a reverse headstock guitar- I hit the low E but tuned the high E. Ha-ha.
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