Tuning Stability: Standard versus Reverse Headstock

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Tuning Stability: Standard versus Reverse Headstock

Postby bonga_rascal » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:08 am

Hi All,

I am looking at a fairly straight forward Aries and the only thing I am not sure of is the headstock. I like inline headstocks so there are two different ones to choose from - both of which I like. I should also preface the dilemma I have by stating that I will be going in for the Hipshot Trem.

The issue I am concerned about is tuning stability concerning the standard versus the reverse headstock. The primary reason for this is the distance between the nut and the tuning pegs. I have experience with 'standard' inline headstocks and all other things being perfect, result in no tuning issues even with tremolos. With the reverse headstock, the distance between the tuning pegs and the nut particularly on the bass strings is where I have my doubts regarding tuning stability.

Is this concern valid? Does anyone have any experience with reverse headstocks and tremolos that utilize a standard nut? Would appreciate some feedback on this.


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Re: Tuning Stability: Standard versus Reverse Headstock

Postby arahobob » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:55 pm

My scb6 has the new inline reversed.
Zero tuning issues and it looks badass

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Re: Tuning Stability: Standard versus Reverse Headstock

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:11 pm

The oldest has a DC400M (formerly their flagship solid body) with a reverse. Zero tuning issues. Killer look. Straight string pull.

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Re: Tuning Stability: Standard versus Reverse Headstock

Postby mattsargent » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:17 am

Lefty player here - the feel is much different on reverse headstocks, though the tuning stability is about the same.

The bass strings are more slinky and the upper strings are much tighter. I often use right-handed necks on my lefty guitars and I've come to really like (even prefer) how the bass strings respond with the reverse headstock, but it is quite a bit different.

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