Slotting a headstock

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Slotting a headstock

Postby Jethro Bodean » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:28 am

I just swapped a Fender Squire Strat for a Regal Tricone- did the mushroom mod, put the fattest strings I could find on it, sounds pretty good.

Anyone consider slotting the headstock on these instruments to give it the look of the old time Nationals? The existing headstock looks a bit gaudy.

Looks like there is enough room on the headstock to do this- just a thought- anyone considered trying this???

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Postby allanlummox » Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:28 am

Somewhere, I saw pictures of someone who had done something along the line - but it would weaken the guitar if the headstock wasn't built that way, and doing such drastic surgery for purely cosmetic reasons is rather - ok, beyond my comprehension.

But I don't understand nose jobs, either.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:06 pm

Yes, it's been done, and a complete set of how-to photos was posted on this board. I can't find them now. I believe "Tricone John" did it.

I for one would never do it.
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Postby zhyla » Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:49 pm

I'd be happy to just get the big gold "Rogue" label off of mine - hopefully Allan can comprehend wart removal :).
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:22 pm

It was Johan Eliasson AKA Bottleneck John.

He did it to his Johnson (or similar) Tricone. You can see the finished product on his website...

http://www.johaneliasson.com/

He posts here occasionally, so hopefully he will chime in and give you the skinny firsthand.

Yeah, If I was going to keep my Johnson Tricone, I would have done this mod.

Nose jobs are cool with me too. :)
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:57 pm

Oh yes, Bottleneck John. I don't think my memory's what it used to be, but I can't remember what it used to be...
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Postby lightninboy » Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:31 pm

Why don't you carve up the headstock, in an artistic way, instead.
I've seen some great work.
Sand it back, add some ornamental scrolls, and Bobs your uncle!

Of course, do whatever pumps up your tyres, but its probably not a good idea to change it into a slotted headstock, it may not be structually sound, the wood may split, etc. etc.
Changing strings on slotted headstocks sucks too.
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Postby bottleneckjohn » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:17 pm

Hey guys!

Chiming in here!! :D

Yeah, I've done the slothead mod on three guitars now, two asians(tri & singlecone) and one National Duolian 1933 that had a badly repaired head... Image

It doesn't in any way lessen the strength of the wood in neck and headstock..!!! So it's safe to go ahead and try the mod, it sure looks better than a solid one.. (imho)

I used 0.16-0.60 strings for a long time, and that worked just fine!!

At my website you can see pics of these instruments!
http://www.johaneliasson.com
I do recall that I had a whole series of pics and info here at the forum about this, maybe someone could find it..??!

Good luck with the slotting..!!!! 8)

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Postby ricochet » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:00 pm

BJ, I've tried to find it and been unable to. Thanks for reposting the info!
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Postby bottleneckjohn » Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:15 pm

Hey!

I just found it at the old forum..!! :D

http://www.bigroadblues.com/cgi/dcforum ... DCForumID1

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Postby lightninboy » Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:19 pm

Wow bottleneckjohn, nice work.
that looks great!

Where did you get the "National" sticker from?
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Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:38 am

There's a guy in Germany reproducing these beautiful decals!!
Kinda expensive but sure worth it..!!

:)
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Postby lightninboy » Fri Aug 04, 2006 9:17 am

Johan,
I'd like one for my old National.
Could you give me a link?
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