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The other big revelation is . . . [Oct. 21st, 2015|02:38 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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. . . the traditional guitar headstock, the style I have always liked the best, like on most Gibson, Gretsch, Epiphone or whatever guitars, the one with three tuners on a side and a blocky rectangular-ish shape, is, actually, not the best design.  An in-line six-in-a-row is a better arrangement, or a pointy headstock with three-on-a-side.  The idea is that you want the side of the tuner post that the string exits from to line up as closely as possible with the nut slot for that string.  With the traditional three-on-a-side design or some avant-garde six-on-a-side with bizarre angles, the strings pull on the sides of the nut slots creating an extra point of friction and requiring the slots to be deeper than they otherwise need to be.  Brian May used the pointy three-on-a-side design on his famous "Red" guitar which has what he calls a "bottomless nut."  The strings don't touch the bottom of the nut slot.  The nut is there simply to insure the horizontal spacing of the strings.  The point of intonation for the strings is a 0th fret just in front of the nut.  May claims that this arrangement makes the whammy bar work a lot better because the strings press only on the 0th fret and don't bind anywhere else.

Anyway, I'm getting much more accustomed to the pointy three-on-a-side headstock design and I now think it is probably as good as you're going to do.  The six-in-line Fender-style are OK, but the tuner buttons end up very close together for my fat fingers.  Three-on-a-side allows much more comfortable spacing and the pointy shape allows bind-free string paths.

So there.  Amen, hey baby and all that shit!

[Big Edit---This Just In---Stand Back!]: What you can do, though, is to flare the top of a pointy headstock out some, sort of put a crest on it as it were.  Both of my Ovation-made guitars were like that.  The hole pattern for the tuners was pointy to get a straight, or nearly straight, draw on all six strings, but then there was a crest on the top to widen it out and keep it from looking too dorky.  Now THAT'S the ticket, that right there is.
Dumb-looking:Less dumb-looking:

See what I mean?