head·​stock | \ ˈhed-ˌstäk How to pronounce headstock (audio) \

Definition of headstock

: 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 The high-output pickups are tuned for a more modern tone while still retaining the classic style and playability of the original, and the headstock is finished with a classic ’60s-era logo on the front. Popular Science, "Classic short-scale electric guitars you can buy right now," 20 Aug. 2020 The average electric bass measures at about 35 inches from the headstock to the bridge, and its formidable size and weight can prove difficult to maneuver in certain situations, especially for beginners or when traveling. Popular Science, "Four easy-to-play, short scale electric basses," 19 June 2020 The Squier has a single-action truss rod with the nut oriented at the headstock, but the nut could be flush with the body. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 As part of their restoration, the bells will get new clappers — a piece of iron that hangs inside the bell to create a tone — as well as headstocks, Sunderlin said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Restoring the ring: Historic bells come down from Niles Leaning Tower," 2 July 2018 As for Yap's signature bass, new colors, shorter headstock and a couple of upgrades will be available, including four-string models. Billboard Philippines, Billboard, "UDD's Carlos Tañada and Paul Yap Will Soon Release New Variations of D&D Signature Guitars," 21 Sep. 2017 As a result of taking a couple of tumbles during one of the Dead’s European tours, Wolf ended up with a minor crack in the headstock. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "$316,666 per string: Jerry Garcia’s guitar goes to the highest bidder," 1 June 2017 The High Freq boasts a dramatic Honduran mahogany body and feathers from Crocker’s cockatoo on the headstock and tailpiece. AL.com, "Alabama blues icon tells the secrets behind his guitars," 23 June 2017 Lefebvre now owns a short-scale Midwestern with a unique headstock shape. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Bass love translates to artistic design for Jake Serek," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of headstock

1688, in the meaning defined above

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“Headstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstock. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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