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Poll: Epiphone Headstock (40 member(s) have cast votes)

Should the Epiphone headstock be changed?

  1. Yes (7 votes [17.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 17.50%

  2. No (33 votes [82.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 82.50%

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#1 User is offline   NightTrain622 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:28 PM

I think a lot of people will agree that the default Epiphone head stock is quite ugly, they have a weird shape and aren't as simple and cool looking as lets say a Gibson head stock; simple, strong, elegant. Epiphone has had the same head stock shape since the early 60's, then it was acceptable and fashionable but we're talking about today. I believe this headstock deserves to be updated to give it a simpler and sleeker look but still an elegant look to it.
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:39 PM

I think the Head stock is fine let it be a epiphone.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 12:03 AM

 Thomse, on 30 November 2017 - 09:39 PM, said:

I think the Head stock is fine let it be a epiphone.

Agreed. I like Epi's for what they are, a great budget-minded guitar. No need to get pretentious.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:50 AM

 NightTrain622, on 30 November 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

....since the early 60's, then it was acceptable and fashionable but we're talking about today....


Why is acceptable headstock design today different than it was in the 60s?
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:48 PM

 NightTrain622, on 30 November 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

I think a lot of people will agree that the default Epiphone head stock is quite ugly, they have a weird shape and aren't as simple and cool looking as lets say a Gibson head stock; simple, strong, elegant. Epiphone has had the same head stock shape since the early 60's, then it was acceptable and fashionable but we're talking about today. I believe this headstock deserves to be updated to give it a simpler and sleeker look but still an elegant look to it.

Epiphone had as you say simpler/sleeker headstocks in the 60's too.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:52 PM

The one on the Sheraton is really nice but I’d like that on a Les Paul
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 05:59 PM

If the size, shape, or whatever about the headstock is all you're concerned about in a particular guitars "abilities" then you get what you deserve. For myself, what a guitar can do is far more important than the shape on the "headstock". But again, that's just me.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:20 PM

I can completely agree but wouldn’t you like to have guitar that sounds great but looks great too
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 08:26 PM

 NightTrain622, on 01 December 2017 - 08:20 PM, said:

I can completely agree but wouldn’t you like to have guitar that sounds great but looks great too

??? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Again, if the shape of the headstock turns you off, well...I guess I'm just not that picky...
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 10:08 PM

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 10:15 PM

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:13 AM

Only Epiphone guitars made for the japanese market have a very nice Gibson headstock :


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:29 AM

 NightTrain622, on 30 November 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

I think a lot of people will agree that the default Epiphone head stock is quite ugly, they have a weird shape and aren't as simple and cool looking as lets say a Gibson head stock; simple, strong, elegant.

No, I think you are wrong. A lot of people would not agree that it is "quite ugly". Maybe they might prefer something else. But quite ugly? No.
"Weird shape" and "cool looking" are terms that are highly subjective to each individual. I'm pretty sure we each have our own idea of what these terms mean.

I have never understood how anyone can get worked up about the Epi head stock.
I just don't care at all what a head stock looks like. When I play, I am not looking at the head stock.
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 02:05 PM

 NightTrain622, on 30 November 2017 - 09:28 PM, said:

I think a lot of people will agree that the default Epiphone head stock is quite ugly, they have a weird shape and aren't as simple and cool looking as lets say a Gibson head stock; simple, strong, elegant. Epiphone has had the same head stock shape since the early 60's, then it was acceptable and fashionable but we're talking about today. I believe this headstock deserves to be updated to give it a simpler and sleeker look but still an elegant look to it.


A "lot of people"?

Evidence?

The poll thus far suggests otherwise.

I think the Epiphone headstock, like Gibson, PRS, D'Angelico and others announces the guitar. There is no way it should ever be changed.
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 02:49 PM

I like the current Epi headstock shape on almost all models except Lp's and Sg's, it has just never looked quite right.
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 01:08 PM

Just happen to have my '66 Epi Cortez out for a spin as we speak.

Personally, I find the Epi hourglass headstock to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing within the world of guitars.
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:08 PM

Modifying an existing headstock would be time-consuming and likely would only even look good if you had a professional woodworker do it. It would be costly, do nothing for the guitar's function, and would radically reduce its resale value.

If it bothers you that much aesthetically, sell the guitar and get something you like better. Cutting down the headstock on an Epi is a money-losing proposition no matter how you go about it.
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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:15 AM

I've always preferred the Gibson headstock, on Epi guitars that are of Gibson designs. Les Paul, SG, 335, etc. Like the ones
for the "Japanese Only" market! I'd like to see Epiphone do that, on all those (Gibson) clone models. The Epiphone original
designs, should retain the Epi headstock, be it the extended "hourglass" or the clipped cornered "Jazz Box" verion(s).
The exception, for me, would be on the Sheraton. I love the old "Kalamazoo" era headstock, as opposed to the clipped corner
version they're using now...which, to ME, is too large for the Thin-line Sheraton body. To me, it looks out of proportion.
But, that's just ME. [tongue] [biggrin]


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:44 PM

Right, the Sheraton headstock is beautiful, some Casino had an elegant headstock :


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