Strait Headstock versus Angled Headstock

I have been building these fun little stringbuddies for a fjew years now Here at BCB.
But for the first time i had to docter one of my favorit players, cose the Top string tended to run off while in high gear playing, becouse of the strait head i came up whit solution no 1 in the picture on the left. in the middel one ,the headstock is angled so the string problem was whit the tuning of the strings while the pressure on the tuners got to high so i plased a pin for tension release guidens. And the therd(3) is my favorite the slotted headstock gives me the most smooth playing and durable use of my crafted instrument, what is your exspirience consurning the Headstock Toppic?
Your Friendly BCB CBG Builder from Holland !

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Comment by Andries D. EKER on February 12, 2019 at 7:58pm

Here is the T i used on my Bone Witch, and some of my other headstocks

Comment by Andries D. EKER on February 11, 2019 at 3:07pm

Here is one of my other slotted heads on a can git fast cheap sturdy and standardiced because of the ready set tree (3) way tuners fro a standard acoustic headstock and becouse you only use one for a tree string you get two for the price of one !!

Comment by Andries D. EKER on February 11, 2019 at 2:48pm

Thanks Donkey For the kind reply I have tryed that on a strait head aswell

it gives the same look & sturdy ness but the sting angle on the nut is better ,in my case the glue on was for more meat so to say for the tuners to screw down on the wood .

Comment by Donkey on February 11, 2019 at 8:08am


I really dig your headstocks and this topic exploring different styles thereof. And I too am a big fan of the slotted headstock you cited as being your favorite.

Like you, after building for a few years, I've tried different headstocks with different types of string retainers. 

While I don't have a favorite among them, I do enjoy the straight, or recessed, headstock for the sake of ease.

Cutting scarf joints is fine, especially when using a quality jig, but I appreciate the simplicity of a straight headstock.

To complicate just a wee bit, I like to glue a 1/4" (6.35mm) piece of wood to the back of the headstock.

This works out great if the piece removed to recess the headstock remains usable after the cut.

The glued on padding lowers the height of the tuners, relative to the finger/fret board, and provides a good break angle for securing the strings on the nut. 

As you can see in the photos below, though, I still like to use a string retainer of some sort to appropriately space the strings. 

And no matter what, so long as the thing (CBG) plays, I'm never too worried about the means to the end -- I just like having fun building and playing.

Thanks for starting this conversation, Andries.

I look forward to more input on this topic.

Comment by Paul Craig on February 10, 2019 at 4:24pm

I do scarf joints on all of mine. I did a cutout on the headstock of one git that turned out great.

Comment by Lonman on February 10, 2019 at 10:33am

I have done scarf and straight away but I prefer the simplicity and less work of the straight away, the scarf is nice not needing any string retainer, but I do not mind the string retainer. 

Comment by Derek Rose on February 10, 2019 at 8:27am

Hi Andries, I have built all 3 types. The scarf joints came out nice but were too much work with my limited tools and glueing was a challenge. The slotted worked great on ukes I made. I think I like the flat for simplicity, but I use a rivet, screw, or rod type part for the string tree, or one of those cheap stamped trees.

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