Custom Guitar Headstocks

Headstock Designs from Ed Roman Guitars

Abstract guitars offers numerous different headstock designs, eventually they will all be pictured here. The reason there will be a page devoted to headstocks is to drive home the fact that any model may be ordered with any headstock. In most cases it will not affect the prices. After all these are all custom made anyway.

Headstock Designs from Ed Roman Custom Shop

Bass Trad Headstock

Derringer Headstock

Viceroy Headstock

Reverse Pointed Headstock

Avanti Headstock

Area 51 Headstock

Banana Headstock

Gumby Headstock

Pterodactyl Headstock

Quicksilver Style  1

Quicksilver Style  2

Quicksilver Style  3

Pagan Gothic Headstock

Artist Headstock

New Warpig Headstock

 PRS Style

Demon Horns Headstock

Harpoon Headstock

  abstract guitar fang headstock

Pharaoh Headstock

Fang Headstock

Druid Headstock

Pagan Horn Headstock

Mysterion Headstock

Hellion Headstock

5 String Bass Headstock

Dark Knight Headstock

Centurion / Speedloader

Traditional Headstock

Rockingbat Headstock

Dime Headstock

 Enterprize Headstock

Ace In The Hole 



Whiskey Pete

Vigilante Headstock

RVC Headstock

foundation bass head stock

Foundation Headstock

 Scorpion 7 String 

Diddley Doo Wop


Scorpion Headstock

Tri-axe Headstock

 Shaman Headstock




Reverse Centurion

Perpetrator Headstock

Kingpin Headstock


Cadillac Headstock

Black Ice Headstock

Omega Headstock


Phantazm Bass

Cloud Headstock

 Predator Headstock

BG 1 Headstock

Black Fire Headstock

Caligula Headstock

Metal Fork Headstock

Shaman Headstock

Viper Headstock

Phantazm Headstock

 V Twin Headstock

 Shrieking V Headstock

Vulcan Headstock

Man O War Headstock

Hollow Tear Drop Headstock


Arrow Headstock

Arrow Variation

Rude Boy Headstock

Extenda Vee Teardrop

w/ Speed Loader

Extenda Vee  Headstock  

Extenda Vee Headstock


Reverse Scorpion Headstock


 Ninja Headstock

Roman Veillette Headstock

CBGB Headstock

Painkiller Headstock



Abstract Mutilator Headstock

Abstract Mos Def Headstock



Currently there are over 35 new headstock designs on the drawing board

All Headstocks Available on All Models



The scarf joint in wood

In woodworking, there are two distinctly different categories of scarf, based on whether the joint has interlocking faces or not. A plain scarf is simply two flat planes meeting on an angle relative to the axis of the stock being joined, and depends entirely on adhesive and/or mechanical fastening (screws, bolts, etc.) for all strength. Hooked, keyed, and nibbed scarfs are some of the many example of interlocking scarfs, offering varying degrees of tensile and compressive strength, though most still depend on mechanical fastening to keep the joint closed.

The plain scarf is not preferred when strength is required, so it is often used in decorative situations, such as the application of trim or molding. The use of modern high-strength adhesives can greatly increase the structural performance of a plain scarf.  Scarf joints are used on mass production guitars where the headstock angle dips far back

Major guitar brands have signature headstocks that make their guitars or guitar series easily recognizable. An unwritten law of the guitar industry allows copying of overall guitar body designs, but no major brand copies headstock designs. As seen in a section below, even "copied" at the first glance designs retain clear visible changes in dimensions, proportions of elements, etc, so it is almost always possible to tell a major brand of a guitar by looking at headstock.
Many wood joinery techniques either depend upon or compensate for the fact that wood is anisotropic  its material properties are different along different dimensions.

Joining wood parts together must take this into account, otherwise the joint is destined to fail. Gluing boards with the grain running perpendicular to each other is often the reason for split boards, or broken joints. Furniture from the 18th century, while made by master craftsmen, did not take this into account. The result is this masterful work suffers from broken bracket feet, which was often attached with a glue block which ran perpendicular to the base pieces. The glue blocks were fastened with both glue and nails, resulting in unequal expansion and contraction between the pieces. This was also the cause of splitting of wide boards, which were commonly used during that period


Angel Of Death  With Scorpion Headstock