It’s the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, so I thought I’d focus on one of my favourite subjects: Guitars. Care to join me?
The headstock (the bit at the top of the neck) provides one of two anchor points for the strings, the other being the bridge at the other end of the guitar, towards the sound hole. The headstock, sometimes called the “peg head,” is normally mounted with machine heads (the knobs and associated workings) needed to tune the guitar, although there is one manufacturer, Steinberger, that makes a guitar without a headstock.
Oftentimes the manufacturer will put their logo on the headstock and occasionally you’ll see some kind of decorative inlay. There isn’t much room on the headstock for that kind of detail, but when it’s done well, it really is quite nice. Some headstocks are so distinctive, the manufacturer can be identified just by the headstock silhouette.