info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

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info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (Dimitree) » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:27 am

hello everybody
I can't seem to find consistent infos about some specs that I'm looking for about the 330 and 360, particularly vintage models (60's-70's).
I'm wondering, what's the angle for the headstock? looking at the photos looks like 5° or 6° or 7°, but I may be wrong. Also, is the headstock angle the same for the 6 strings models and 12 strings models?
Another info I'm looking for, the top/bottom wood thickness on the body. I once read 1/4", but only from one source, so I'm asking if this is correct.
many thanks
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (collin) » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:52 pm

I don't recall the exact pitch off the top of my head, but the angle is the same for both 6- and 12-string models.

The top thickness varied quite a bit, but 1/4" is the norm for most 60s and 70s instruments, front and back. Sometimes thinner, depending on the model but a thinner top and back is more susceptible to neck movement, IMO.
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (jdogric12) » Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:45 am

I wanna say the tops got really thick around 1978, give or take a year or two.
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (chronictown) » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:19 am

I've heard tell that tops became thicker when the company began producing convertible 6/12-string instruments later on in the 60s...anyone know if that's actually correct?
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (collin) » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:15 pm

chronictown wrote:I've heard tell that tops became thicker when the company began producing convertible 6/12-string instruments later on in the 60s...anyone know if that's actually correct?


I believe the thickness remained the same but around that time (1966) the top switched to a 2-piece instead of 3-piece construction and they also added a small support block inside the guitar (visible through the soundhole) to accept the converter comb arm screw. For a number of years you could find that little block even on non-converter models.
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (Dimitree) » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:47 am

Thank you everyone! Any info about the headstong angle degrees?
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (jps) » Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:35 am

Dimitree wrote:Thank you everyone! Any info about the headstong angle degrees?

Why not just go find a few and make the measurements, yourself?

Which designs are you planning on building?
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Re: info about headstock angle and top thickness (330-360)

Postby (chronictown) » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:00 am

collin wrote:
chronictown wrote:I've heard tell that tops became thicker when the company began producing convertible 6/12-string instruments later on in the 60s...anyone know if that's actually correct?


I believe the thickness remained the same but around that time (1966) the top switched to a 2-piece instead of 3-piece construction and they also added a small support block inside the guitar (visible through the soundhole) to accept the converter comb arm screw. For a number of years you could find that little block even on non-converter models.


Very cool, thanks Collin 8)
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