#1
This is prob a stupid Q but i noticed that all Gibsons have bent headstocks.Why is this?Does it make it easier to hold down a chord?Or is it just a feature of Gibsons?
#3
All guitars tend to have it but some guitars have a sharper degree(angle) than others. It's to provide adequate tension so as not to allow the neck to warp.
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^^ Helps add some sustain as well.
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Not only gibsons have a back angle of the headstock. Steelstring acoustics, classical guitars also have it. In some way all guitars have the strings angeld back behind the nut. The idea is to get enough string tension on the nut. If the angle is very shallow the strings will ratle in the nut. Even Fender type guitars have the strings angled back behind the nut. The headstock behind the nut is much lower then the fingerboard. They use those small string retainers to keep the strings down.
#7
It is to get the required angle of the strings over the nut to get a firm contact. Some firms put an angle on the headstock. Some use string trees, like fender.
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This is prob a stupid Q but i noticed that all Gibsons have bent headstocks.Why is this?Does it make it easier to hold down a chord?Or is it just a feature of Gibsons?


The main reason is for better sustain, as far as I'm concerned.
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The main reason is for better sustain, as far as I'm concerned.


See my earlier answer. It is just a suprisingly cheap way to get the strings over the nut at the correct angle.
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