In guitar anatomy
the headstock is a part of the neck
, the part being all of the neck located between the nut
and the end of the neck not meeting the body
. The headstock exists as a place to locate the tuners
. Almost all guitars
, be they electric or acoustic, Dobro
, Bass guitars
, have a headstock - there are a handful of models
that do without it through some type of ingenuity.
Different headstock shapes are used by brands to distinguish themselves - some strat
copies look exactly the same as a Fender
save for the headstock.
The traditional headstock, as seen on classical guitars
, is often referred to as a 3 + 3 configuration as 3 tuners are located on the top and 3 on the bottom.
What follows a breakdown of guitar writeups by headstock type, based on my own knowledge, the writeups themselves and any updates I receive. (/msg sud with updates)
Guitars with 3 + 3 headstocks:
Guitars with all tuners on the top: