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Andyjr1515 said:Looks great too.
Sharp ends of the strings stick out of the back of the headpiece. I've already caught my finger on them, and I'd hate to think what would happen if I collided with our singer
You can cut them pretty close to the headpiece but it's never perfect. The headless guitar trick is to bend then at a 90 degree angle as close to the metal as possible and then twist them until they break. I find that gets them short enough not to harm anyone
Well here it is. A usable piece of musical equipment from a kit. Strangely it looks blue in the picture whereas the real thing is more turquoise, and the colour less patchy. Since its gig debut I've moved the strap button to the back of the upper horn, where it sits more comfortably.What I like about it:It's light weight and balances nicely on the strap.The tuning is very stable.The curved neck joint and neck profile make upper fret access easy.The double strap pin means that I can lean it against the wall quite safely.Visually I like the combination of dyed and plain wood, with white binding on the front edge.Being small and light it's an ideal guitar to keep beside the sofa.What I don't like:The guitar lacks vibrancy/resonance or whatever you want to call it. The soft, low quality wood must play a part in this, with a possible contribution from the roller bridge.Stiff tuners. A lot of that is due to the turn/pull ratio of the M3 thread.Those string clamps on top of the headpiece get in the way when I slide my fingers down to the end of the neck.Sharp ends of the strings stick out of the back of the headpiece. I've already caught my finger on them, and I'd hate to think what would happen if I collided with our singer.I can't see the selector switch behind the volume knob.I can't trap the cable behind the strap without getting in the way of the tuners.What next? Nothing more on this particular guitar. I like the headless concept, so early next year I'll build another. It will have a cedar body, maple and rosewood neck. Telecaster pickups, nowadays I get on better with those than humbuckers. The switch will come out of hiding behind the volume knob. There's still a question about tuners, bridge and headpiece. Do I bite the bullet on the Hipshot price and $ exchange rate? Do I persuade ABM to make me some (my son lives a few U-bahn stops from their office)? Do I make my own?