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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:00 PM

View PostSpondonBassed, on 03 March 2017 - 12:39 PM, said:

I agree about the headstock but that brass inlay looks a bit special. I tried inlaying with resin bonded "gold" metallic dust once. Never again.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:06 PM

View PostSpondonBassed, on 03 March 2017 - 12:39 PM, said:

I agree about the headstock but that brass inlay looks a bit special. I tried inlaying with resin bonded "gold" metallic dust once. Never again.

Never a good idea....

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:44 PM

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Never a good idea....

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I'd have put up with it if it got a better result than this combination of goldy looking dust and epoxy resin -





In my defence. It's only for a ukulele. My mate knocks them up for a laff and I thought I'd see if I could do an inlay without the required skills. The inlay shown was done on a scrap piece that would've faced the headstock of another uke build. It looks better without frankly. The circular body is the current build. I wont be trying it again.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:46 PM

View PostLow End Bee, on 03 March 2017 - 09:07 AM, said:

I know they look and play great and all....but you can kayak with the neck.
Looks better in the photo than reality too

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:53 PM



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:54 PM

the lodestone looks like a hockey stick

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:25 PM

View Posttimmo, on 03 March 2017 - 02:53 PM, said:

Nothing wrong with those headstocks. Not the prettiest but miles ahead(!) of the tumorous fender heads.
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:28 PM

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I see your A-C and raise you the Lodestone.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:34 PM

View PostBolo, on 03 March 2017 - 04:25 PM, said:

Nothing wrong with those headstocks. Not the prettiest but miles ahead(!) of the tumorous fender heads.
I would agree if they were on a £200 bass. On a 5k bass, I would expect better
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:46 PM

View Posttimmo, on 03 March 2017 - 02:53 PM, said:


That first one isn't Alembic. The second one? Well it's a little uninspired possibly but it's hard to go wrong with simple symmetry. It certainly suits the body designs it goes with.
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:50 PM

A few more. Basicly, just google "bass headstock" and take your pic...

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:53 PM

The Bongo headstock needs to be taken in the context of the body design. Still doesn't make it pretty though, but it makes more sense.
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:55 PM

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:00 PM

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A few more. Basicly, just google "bass headstock" and take your pic...

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That first one's done by someone with visions of a ship's capstan. Sunken tuning pegs - why?

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:11 PM

Hey! If something as ugly as the massive Fender knob-end can become a cultural icon then given enough media exposure, clever product placement can make anything look cool.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:19 PM

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Any G&L.

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 06:51 PM

...and google just keeps on giving:



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...and as much as i try the forum doesn't allow me to embed this pics so you either have to trust me or open the links to see the horror:
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:16 PM

View Postspectoremg, on 02 March 2017 - 09:06 PM, said:

OMG, that would win an award for the body too! Ned must have been broke!

It has the look of Ned's LS type bass after ten rounds of Gibson bean counter cost-cutting. No graphite, no expensive headless design, no charm etc etc...
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:26 PM

View PostGhost_Bass, on 03 March 2017 - 06:51 PM, said:

...and google just keeps on giving:

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Fender Performer? If the London Rubber Company had gone legal it could've been a 'Nocaster' scenario all over again...
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Posted 03 March 2017 - 09:26 PM

How about this turd on a stick as modeled by Mr Lomenzo?

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:14 AM

View PostGhost_Bass, on 03 March 2017 - 12:53 PM, said:

I don't think there's a headstock shape i really like except for the Ibanez Musician style (but that only works with 4 strings) or the Stingray types without that big ball of wood in the top like Fenders (i do love 4+1 configs and really hate the Fender 5-in-line style). But i just posted to remind all you folks of this one:

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:00 AM

View Postdood, on 02 March 2017 - 09:10 PM, said:

I think some of my least favourite headstocks are the ones where the designers were trying to make them look like the Fender outline, but slightly changed it a bit. Not quite enough to look like the idea was ever any more than a sketch before it went to production.

I agree. Sire's are horrible and Moollon's are AWFUL!
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:59 AM

The headstock shape is pretty much the only bit of the Sire V7 that I don't like. Luckily the rest of the bass is so superb that I can easily overlook it.

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Fender Performer? If the London Rubber Company had gone legal it could've been a 'Nocaster' scenario all over again...
Oh, the Fender Performer. LOVE the body shape. It should have been a massive hit.

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

View PostGhost_Bass, on 03 March 2017 - 06:51 PM, said:

...and google just keeps on giving:



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I think the Kramer headstock is absolutely fantastic, it's distinctive, well-proportioned, compact and shiny! What's not to like?

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 02:11 PM

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I actually prefer that to the headstock that the make is now stuck with. When I looked it up it appears that Fender had tried to get out of that design rut but only for a couple of years;

"The Fender Performer was an electric bass guitar released in 1985 and discontinued in 1987, assembled in the United States and Japan. The Performer was also available as an electric guitar."

I suppose there is something to be said for following the crowd but it didn't work for me. At the end of the day, there is still a Fender at the other end of the fretboard.

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:30 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 04 March 2017 - 12:02 PM, said:

I think the Kramer headstock is absolutely fantastic, it's distinctive, well-proportioned, compact and shiny! What's not to like?

I've always loved the Kramer headstock too, one of my favourites.

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:55 PM

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Post some bad headstockery please
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