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…
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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.