Is a reverse headstock the proper alignment?

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  1. GoldDragon

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    When you play, your left hand is under the neck. When you tune a normal headstock, you have to flip your hand to the top.

    Should headstocks have been reverse from the beginning? What if fender designed the original strat with a reverse?
     
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    I don't know but they do look cool!
     
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    Angled pointy headstocks, I think look best, but they could just be familiarity, because the first pointy headstock I remember taking special notice of was a Jacksin "Dinky Reverse". Then again, my favorite 80s Porsche 911 Turbo is the "spant nose", so I guess my tastes should be questioned. :lol:

    To me, I still prefer "traditional" orientation, over reverse, because I can see the knob I'm grabbing. (That's what she/he said). I generally prefer 3+3, though in my own guitars, for several other reasons anyway.
     
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    I Love reversed headstocks. I wish some of my ibanezes had them. I think the ESP/LTD reversed headstock looks the best, so sharp looking.
     
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    only because they arent the "norm", so you like the uniqueness/difference of it. IF all headstock were reversed, then yo would be saying the same for the normal ones.

    I do think they look cool too

    although the hand thing make tinny bit more sense on a reversed headstock, its like Spudmonkey said, its the fact that you can "see" the tunner the why I think were made like that to start with.


    Theres also an argument on string tension and bendings that benefit reverse headstocks vs normal. But I havent "felt" it yet?, I need two exact guitars with same scale length and different headstocks at the same time to test that out
     
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    erdiablo666 I'm from Canada...and they think I'm slow...eh

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    Reverse 6 in line is the bomb, followed by 4x4 (if an 8 string), followed by 3x4 (if a 7), followed by good old vanilla tuners on top in-line 6. I refuse to entertain tuners-on-top headstocks for anything more than a 6 string.
     
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    I like the look of reverse better but everything else about regular more.
     
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    It feels more natural to tune up a normal headstock than a reverse
     
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    On the 7th day, God rested. But then, millions of years later, he woke up with a start, and said, “Aw, nards, I forgot to design the perfect heackstock!” And so on that day, he gave us the reverse inline headstock. And all was good.
     
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    Considering the force behind the nut, traditional headstock is better. Lower strings have more downwards force and vice versa, making upper strings easier to bend. With a locking nut this doesnt matter tho.
     
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    Last time I owned a reverse, tuning from the headstock was trickier, I would always turn them the wrong direction. Because I was used to standard.

    I thing the solution would be to design reverse action tuners so the rotation was more intuitive.
     
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    This.
    Reversed headstocks are more ergonomic when You are tuning the guitar. The direction of rotation is not the problem when You get used to it. Out of my 10 guitars 4 are with reversed headstock. 3 regular inline 6, one 4+2, one 3+3 and one headless. The most confusing are 4+2 and 3+3. The most convenient are reversed or headless :lol:
     
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    actually I find headless the less convenient of them all to tune.

    Only becasue you ahve to use the same hand to pick the string and to tune.

    3+3/4+4/3+4/2+3 wahtever are easier as you cant really miss what string is what. Tunning a reversve inline 8 can get confusing like "what string is this tuning peg again?...1..2..3..4.. the D string! cool.." (then starts counting down the strings on the guitar too) lol
     
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    reverse headstock is best headstock
     
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    Like others have said, who really knows. But what I do know is that the Jackson 6-in-line reverse headstock is just perfect to me. Followed closely by both the ESP and BC Rich curved 6-in-line.
     
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    Reverse headstocks are the best no matter the style, even Fender headstocks.
     
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    Isn't saying that a headstock is reverse and "in line" redundant?
     
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    not really. some companies like schecter took their avenger headstock which they use flipped for their e1 and hellcat
     
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    I'm used to tune my Floyd equipped guitars since.. forever, :lol: so I'm accustomed to use the right hand to fine tune. Only one of my guitars has fixed bridge without fine-tuners.
     
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    esp's is dope. so slick. unlike jackson's, it's just too sharp imo.
    on a ibanez i prefer the standard one.
     
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