Headstock angle of a Gibson guitar ...

Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by DrBGood, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    whew! I read through all this stuff without comment.

    I still maintain that the 17 degree back angle of a Gibson headstock
    contributes to the awesome tone we expect from our Gibsons, and get.

    I still top wrap both my Gibson SGs, feeling that this MIGHT contribute to
    the awesome sustain that I get from both... and not caring much
    about nay sayers. I'm getting great tone, so I don't want to consider
    altering anything.

    That's my experience. To a Telecaster player, it's all meaningless.
    Telecasters sound awesome in spite of all that's been presented on this
    thread. I do own a Telecaster... it has a string through body, eliminating
    all concerns and/or hype from Tuna-matic users. My Tele has zero back
    angle on the headstock, but includes a pair of string trees which increase
    the pressure on the nut for the D, G, B and E strings. This is effective
    and contributes to the awesome Fender tone I get from my Tele.

    So it goes, eh?
    Cela, c'est com s'il va alors...

    I don't know any answers to this thread, but I do know what I like.
    And that includes Gibsons with a 17 degree back angle to the headstock,
    Epiphones with a 14 degree back angle, and
    Fenders with zero back angle but lubricated (by me) string trees which
    accomplish a similar effect.

    Rock on, comrades.
     
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  2. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    We get lots of thiskind of reflexion on this Colonel, hence my original question, which maybe should have been:

    Is there proven science behind that steep angle.
     
  3. jtees4

    jtees4 Well-Known Member

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    I like Gibsons generally, the neck angle is part of it I'm sure. But more importantly, "I know you are, but what am I?". That is always the most important question (thank you Pee Wee).
     
  4. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    I regard the back angle as a proven instrument maker's tradition.
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    Dunno what a real scientist might say on the subject, because the
    tradition might be founded on intuition rather than calculation.
    But I like the tone, Perfesser... muppet science 1.jpg
     
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