As I promised, I have another 6 of the new – maybe a classic one day – headstock designs. Another 6 designs that weren’t used by the company in Singapore who asked me to design them a headstock for a new range of guitars, coming out later this year. Just like last time I think some of these designs have merit and would look respectable if not pretty cool paired with many a shape of guitar body.
A lot of these headstocks have piercings because my client really liked GDR8 (sorry, not on the Guitar Design Reviews pages until after manufacture and production) which had a piercing.
Above you can see GDR9, it’s basically an inverted version of the previous GDR6, which is a coincidence, because 9 is like an inverted 6 🙂 I like this shape of headstock much better than using a projectile shape for a guitar body, just for practicality, guitar bodies need to be able to rest on your knee IMHO. With GDR10 and 11 I was playing with the idea of a paddle. GDR11 is very sturdy and paddle like, but has a little bit of flair in the mirrored concave corners. Not my favourite designs but I was trying things out with the paddle shape just to see what happened.
Hey a maple headstock! Yes, GDR12 is, in the illustration, a maple wood design, because I adapted it from the 6 on one side strat headstock I illustrated earlier. This is still using the ‘S’ shapes for the client, but I made this design thinking about the air intake/nose styling on the North American F-86 Sabre, as used in Vietnam! Also a bit of the Japanese variant model; the JASDF F-86D. Yes, fighter jets are cool so I thought it was a good design cue. Also GDR 12 has a straight string path, which some people will like. A lot of wood there, some people like this weight in the headstock. Of course it could be tweaked a bit to be less ‘different’.
You know it, GDR13 and 14 also have the S in their shapes. Well guys, I worked in advertising and branding for years, so I know how to work a shape/logo and style into lots of variations within various design constraints. GDR13 is my headstockification of the Ying-Yang symbol! Can you see it? I just think the fretboard side lower curve is a bit steep/sharp, but I haven’t worked it any more because it’s a rejected design. Shame. Finally GDR14 is playing with symmetry and the S again. I like this shape a lot and could probably massage it into a straight string path design if anyone wanted it thus. Also without the piercing the lower curve could be shifted away from the fretboard a bit more.
That’s it for now. However I do have some more headstock designs illustrated. All the ones here and in the previous headstock designs post were, as I said before, rejected for a design contract. They had a specific brief which included the “S” shapes within a lot of them. The other headstock designs I’ve got are, many of them, a bit less serious and more playful. You might call them more gimmicky, or more stupid! Anyway, come back in a few weeks and one or two of them should be up here. Next I’m going to do some more reviews and also post a couple of great guitar body designs I’ve illustrated. I’ve got 3 guitar body designs up on Guitar Design Reviews right now, you can find the Trinity guitar and Duality guitar bodies here and the Harley Earl guitar here.
Keep on rockin’