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    Not a fan of the slotted headstock design as it seems to add too much work to string changing. Also wonder about their being more fragile too. I've seen dozens of ukes fall over at jams, and the only one to get damaged was a K brand with a huge slotted headstock that snapped clean off.
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    I like a lot of bling on my stringed instruments. Looks are important to me, and I think slotted heads are sharp looking. My eighter has one as does my tenor guitar.

    If I was gonna buy any more ukes, I would like a slotted one.
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    And then there is the Kinnard Z-stock headstock.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDjeu9cfztY

    Does anyone else use this type of headstock, or is that exclusive to Kinnard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    Not a fan of the slotted headstock design as it seems to add too much work to string changing. Also wonder about their being more fragile too. I've seen dozens of ukes fall over at jams, and the only one to get damaged was a K brand with a huge slotted headstock that snapped clean off.
    OOOh! I just bought one with a cracked neck

    But I love them also!!!

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    There are + and - for both slotted and flat/paddle. However a plus for flat tops is wider opportunity for intricate inlays and designs . I noticed that Pegasus ukulele has been placing their famous flying horse inlay inside the sound hole on the neck block due to lack of space on their slotted head set models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    I think itis the classical guitars that have the slotted head stock because of the way the tuners are set up. Acoustic guitars have solid head stocks as well as electrics.
    Correct me if I'm wrong.
    You’re definitely wrong! I own 2 Martin steel string acoustics with slotted headstocks, and they currently have around a dozen slothead models in their lineup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John boy View Post
    I'll join the list of slotted headstock fans. I think it's a really cool look. I have read someplace that it also lessens the weight of the headstock, though it doesn't seem like it could make that much of a difference on a uke. On a Fender bass, the headstocks feel like they weigh about 25 pounds, but not sure about ukes. I just think they look great.
    I don't think that slotted headstocks are lighter. But there is a discussion of that starting with our own DownUpDave in post 12 of the thread below. Enjoy the discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    The latitude for detailing on paddles is a plus, but the common tendency to abuse it, lapsing into gaudy, makes it a minus.
    Agreed that it can be abused...….though I don't think it's "common". Anyway, one persons art maybe another persons !******!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScooterD35 View Post
    You’re definitely wrong! I own 2 Martin steel string acoustics with slotted headstocks, and they currently have around a dozen slothead models in their lineup.


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    You are correct, in addition to classical guitars, most 12 fret steel string guitars have slotted heads.... at least the expensive ones. Count me in the slotted head fan club.

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    I like slotted headstocks. Two of my three remaining steel string acoustic guitars are 12 fretters with slotted headstocks. Only one of my ukuleles has a slotted headstock... but most have friction tuners so the knobs are already pointing the right way so...
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