Can You Name a Guitar by its Headstock?

Guitar Headstock challenge!

So you think you know guitars? Go ahead and test your knowledge with this simple guitar headstock quiz. It’s harder than you might think!

If you’ve been around guitars long enough you should be able to recognize a number of different guitar makers or guitar series with just a momentary glance at the headstock. The key word here is “should”. It’s also necessary to point out that there are literally hundreds of different designs if you include smaller guitar makers in the mix.

So how well do you think you could do if asked to identify guitars by their headstock?

Go ahead and test your skills below…

We'll start with a few easy ones, just so you don't get discouraged too quickly. 🙂

This guitar maker, founded in 1985, is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland.

Which guitar maker does this headstock belong to?

Name this headstock:

This next guitar headstock should be pretty easy as well. This guitar maker was established in 1974 and makes both acoustic and electric guitars.

Can you name the guitar maker for this headstock?

Name this headstock:

This popular Japanese guitar has been around since the 1950s...

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

Everybody can recognize this iconic shape as a Fender headstock, but can you name which model specifically?

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

This guitar maker, based in Oxnard, California, was first established in 1952 by a man named Alfred Dronge.

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

This particular Canadian company established in 1967 builds only acoustic guitars.

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

This relatively younger company based in Oregon specializes in custom acoustic guitars.

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

Established in 1969, this guitar maker made a name for itself in the heavy metal genre.

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

This guitar maker was established in 1931 under the odd name "Ro-Pat-In Corporation". Thankfully, they changed their name.

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

This particular guitar model was introduced by its maker in 1958

Can you name the maker of this guitar headstock?

Name this headstock:

Not sure which questions you got right/wrong? Check yourself against this answer sheet.

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Some guitar makers have one headstock design. Some have a different guitar headstock for each series of guitars they manufacture. Still others offer custom headstock designs based on a player’s personal preference.

No matter which category your particular guitar fits into, the fact remains that the headstock of a guitar is often equivalent to a guitar maker’s signature on their masterpiece. You may not be able to tell a guitar by its body shape, bridge or fretboard but you can almost always recognize a guitar by its unique headstock.

 

14 Responses to Can You Name a Guitar by its Headstock?

  1. Ramón Granado says:

    He acertado 7 de 10.
    No es fácil, pues algunas marcas cambian el cabezal según modelo.
    Un saludo !!!

  2. Sammy Ash says:

    I got a 100% thank God. It (I) would have sucked if I didn’t. I just wish there was also a clock so I could judge my time. Do you have any other things like this, maybe guitar trivia? I think I would do pretty well, I could even give you a bunch of them.

  3. Gary Bowman says:

    I got 60 out of 100. Don’t know much about electric guitars, I’m an acoustic man!

  4. Cip says:

    Got 100 / 100, but I have to admit luck was on my side twice. So, to be fair, it’s only 80/100. There are brands less known here, in Eastern Europe, like Breedlove, Larrivee or Blueridge… Good job!

    • Josh Summers says:

      Thanks, Cip! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m not as intimately familiar with European brands, unfortunately, hence they’re probably under-represented in this quiz.

      Congrats on the 80%/100%! 🙂

      • Cip says:

        Hello, Josh!
        Well, Tony Bacon’s “The Ultimate Guitar Book” gathers a few examples of European brands (some became famous, like Framus, Eko, Hagstrom, Vigier etc.), but I meant that vendors here (in my case, Romania) still prefer more well-known stuff. I play guitar since I was 13 (in 1980), but I must admit I’ve only heard aboud Breedlove and Blueridge.
        During the communist regime we had only socialst countries-made instruments and amps (totally crap or pale copies of classic brands);now, after 26 years, people are still looking only for Fender/Gibson/PRS/Ibanez/ESP/Takamine. Or for cheaper chinese stuff…
        The only advantage we, guitar lovers, took from that epoque, was that, beeing in need, we learnt to make out – rebuilding guitars, amps, pedals, cabs, PA’s etc. from scrap. 50% of our rigs was handmade! The real custom stuff…

  5. Mike Brooks says:

    I got 80%. Some shapes are so similar that I had to guess right, but Taylor was easy as I have one.

  6. Duane from Philly says:

    Got an 80! Works for me!

  7. Gary says:

    What guitar is BB King holding on album cover art of “Singin the Blues”?

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