Mudcat Café message #3175841 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52395   Message #3175841
Posted By: GUEST,its1110
24-Jun-11 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: Guitar Headstock Design
Subject: RE: Guitar Headstock Design
I believe the idea of the Strat (well, all the Fender electrics) head-stock was to get all the tuning keys on the top... such that it is easier to hold a chord or fretted note and reach over for a tuning knob at the same time. It's a bit more awkward to get the tuning knobs on the bottom side of the head-stock... reaching across the front of the finger board, you've more of a chance to dampen something and it can sort of put a cramp/crimp in your fretting arm position.

'Course, it's still not what I'd call an easy reach even with the knobs all on top... depending on your arm length and such.