head·​stock ˈhed-ˌstäk How to pronounce headstock (audio)
: a bearing or pedestal for a revolving or moving part
specifically : a part of a lathe that holds the revolving spindle and its attachments

Examples of headstock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five satin-nitrocellulose finishes with matching headstocks complete a fun look kids will dig, while open-coil 490R and 498T humbucking pickups deliver tones even adults will want to try out. Buy the Gibson Les Paul Modern Lite here. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Others prefer unique features or interesting design choices — whether that’s a new colorway, different headstock, or an entirely new style of guitar. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 26 Apr. 2023 Upgrade your throw pillows from freshman year with this upcycled headstock yarm cover. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 7 Dec. 2022 The headstock bore the Gibson logo, but Van Halen was doubtful. Mark Yarm, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Gibbs said the headstock has been repaired, and one of the four volume/tone knobs is missing. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2021 On many signature model guitars, the artist’s signature is reproduced on the instrument’s headstock. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headstock was in 1688

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“Headstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstock. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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