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Graduated with a BA in Advertising from Glasgow University. Played guitar strangely with several unknown Gothic Rock bands. Postgraduate study PgDip, in Industrial Design from Hull University. Now writing, designing and blogging on guitardesignreviews.com and taiwanduck.com.


  1. kerry kruger
    May 4, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Headstocks are really tough, when you think about ’em, they have to be functional and attempt to complement the body motif they’re paired with…and each one and every one in the history of guitar design pretty much fits in a box about 4×9″ MAX. So paring attractive NEW ones out of those parameters is actually harder than designing new bodies, in my book.
    In addition to trying to achieve straight string pull/nut slot binding issues, (as well as introducing strange frequencies through tangential loading), avoiding being too light or too heavy, most want them to be conducive to hanging on a wall-hanger as well, because that’s usually how they’re displayed for sale, so that’s something several of these might benefit from looking at in retrospect.
    I occasionally break that rule myself, but you’d better have a very good reason.
    One other Very Important issue is that the tip of the HS is the one area of a guitar MOST likely to take impacts in use, so examples 10, 13 and 14 would probably cause many builders and buyers to be very skeptical, they’re just asking to have those points broken off. Which is not only damaging to the instrument, and its eventual resale value, but the bonehead who broke it off is going to blame you, the designer, for whatever dumb thing he did to bust it in the first place. Once your company’s guitars get a rep for needing repairs like that, it can bode poorly for their future.
    Just some things to figure into the process…

  2. MarkGDR
    May 4, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Headstocks are tough indeed, but being sooooooooo sick of seeing clones, slightly altered and tribute style headstocks by nearly every guitar company drove me a bit mad, frankly! Wait ’til you see the crazier style headstocks I have in rough at the moment. So far that’s all the sensible ones, bar two.
    Great point about the wall hangers! I have 3 guitars, 2 are on the wall. I think the Hercules I have could handle all of the shapes but 13 and 14 would have to be careful being removed from the wall in their current unmodified designs.
    Breakages – Yes, things can always get broken though, people still like Parker Fly, thin fragile looking thing that it is, and the 80’s pointy efforts too.

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