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This build by @Basvarken

In isolation the headstock is great but in the context of it being a Grabbird it is awesome!

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10 hours ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

The incredible Gus bass deserves a much better headstock than this.

I always thought that...

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18 hours ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

The incredible Gus bass deserves a much better headstock than this.

This thread is very much proof that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I think the Gus headstock is eminently practical and understated so it doesn’t detract from the overall look of the bass. There’s a slight compromise of minimalist design vs getting a completely straight string line from nut the machine head post but I can live with that. IMO the only better headstock would be none at all. 

It is certainly more elegant in my eyes than most of the aesthetic and unergonomic monstrosities on display here.

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4 minutes ago, Grahambythesea said:

Be nice to see the rest then!

 

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I like the headstock on my Franz basses.  Unusual but pretty cool.

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Both the headstock and body of the original Tobias bass was IMHO a masterpiece of design that works as a 4-, 5- or 6-string and is nicely ergonomic to play, too. Much better than the later MTD headstock.

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4 - Sadowsky.

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5 - Dingwall Super.

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6 - And just to be different... I always thought the headstock of my first bass, the mighty Yamaha TRB, was beautiful.


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I have a thing about strings going straight through the nut. So any of those ones where the strings spread out are not for me. I think my favourite is the 3 + 1 on the MM 4 string. Like below:

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On 28/03/2020 at 11:26, Jonesy said:

How could we forget this..... 

 

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Did somebody leave it leaning up against an oven?

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On 28/03/2020 at 16:16, howdenspur said:

I'm a fan of the Thunderbird, but this is nice too...

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Big mistake by Epiphone not using the bat wing when they reissued the Embassy bass. The simple 2+2 they used put me right off. Academic now, as I think they've binned it

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4 minutes ago, neepheid said:

Big mistake by Epiphone not using the bat wing when they reissued the Embassy bass. The simple 2+2 they used put me right off. Academic now, as I think they've binned it

Yeah. I would’ve bought one if they’d got it right as they sounded good.

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Lumpy, stumpy, pointy... it's amazing how many companies will ruin a good-looking bass with an ugly headstock.
The silhouette on some Reverend basses is one of the better attempts, but then they ruin it with a giant badly-placed "R" logo:
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22 minutes ago, ordep said:

I dont own one, but this is my current favorite

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I agree, the Moollon headstock is very sexy. 

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I think it look like it's broken!

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This in my book is a classic design small and ergonomic. The original adjustable bridge too is a simple and good design, I love the way the tuners told backwards on two planes too.

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