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« on: August 22, 2012, 08:42:20 PM »

I have thirsted after a slot head steel string guitar for years (eg Larrivee OO and OOO-50 & 60)  I have never been able to justify purchasing one on purely technical or musical grounds.  Anyone care to bail me out.  I am only interested in the technical and musical advantages to the slot head configuration, not aesthetic ones (the aesthetics already have me hooked).
I would be really interested in anything you can offer.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012, 09:17:28 PM »

Have slotheads on my Martin OO and classical.  I prefer the ergonomics of tuning with a SH.  The SH also increases the break angle which is supposed to increase sustain.  Technically, there's less mass there though... so idk... I'm not rich enough to compare and even if I were I probably wouldn't care.

Other folks will say changing strings on a SH is a real PIA but I've found it to take no extra trouble or time than stringing up a paddle head.  There's a method for everything...

If you're already hooked just do it !

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012, 09:35:26 PM »

I'd like to help you out but my honest opinion is that any advantage to a slothead on musical grounds is iffy at best.   there may be a slight increase in sustain but I doubt that it's enough to actually notice with your own ears.

Now, the coolness factor is something else again. I do like the way they look;  it's a vintage look that I appreciate.   I have a 000-50 slothead but I don't think it would sound any different with a regular paddlehead to be honest. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 11:28:53 PM »

They look cool.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012, 11:46:27 PM »

I definitely notice a difference in the sound of my Taylor XXX-RS. The slot head and the short scale give it a nice, mellow tone.
Re-stringing is, I'll admit, a bit of a pain...but well worth it to my ears! 
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 05:53:08 AM »

The break angle on the nut by the two E strings is greater because those strings' machines are closest to the nut and the other 4 strings' posts sit relatively lower than on paddle heads, hence more pressure on the nut and more sustain.

I persoanally love the look of slotted heads, the only (less favoured) aspect is changing strings - it is not as easy as on paddle heads, and care must be taken not to scratch the head stock when doing so...

It isn't a deal breaker for me though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 06:20:07 AM »

i like the look of a slot, and went in search of one. but, when i played a P series Larri i knew it was the sound i was after so it was a standard peg head for me. i would have loved a 00 in a Larri, but with the scarcity i couldn't miss out on the parlor i went with considering the price.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 07:48:39 AM »

Well, guitars always play better after they drink blood, so slotheads sound better because you will bleed more after restringing them.

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 12:33:32 PM »

Why not?
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 12:48:19 PM »

Not much difference in slot vs paddle...however, 12 frets to the neck absolutely changes the tone on a guitar, speaking from the perspective of a hogtop.  I'm a huge fan.  I played 2 Martin 000-15 (14 frets) and 2 000-15s (12 fret slot) in the same store side by side and both slot heads were significantly better than the 14 fretters.  Added bonus...if you want to play slide, it's heaven to just slide on down till your hand stops at the heel and you can do your thing right there on the 12th fret. 
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2012, 06:41:59 PM »

   WHY OWN A SLOT HEAD.  It's really very simple. You really, really want one.

    You like your paddle head guitars and they sound great etc., but you always have this nagging in the back of your mind, "If only I could have gotten this in a slot head version".

    So if you are like me and many others , you finally get one and thats it. No more asking "WHY".
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2012, 08:27:44 PM »

I want one also.  Especially an SD.  Please?  Pretty please?
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 03:44:37 PM »

   WHY OWN A SLOT HEAD.  It's really very simple. You really, really want one.

    You like your paddle head guitars and they sound great etc., but you always have this nagging in the back of your mind, "If only I could have gotten this in a slot head version".

    So if you are like me and many others , you finally get one and thats it. No more asking "WHY".

thanks alot danny. go ahead and put words in my mouth. crying
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 11:02:41 PM »

So you can be goofily, deliriously happy? 

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« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2012, 02:29:34 AM »

Perhaps maniacally happy?   
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2012, 12:44:05 PM »

Perhaps maniacally happy?   

And slightly drunk? 
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2012, 01:22:08 PM »

It's photos like that make me glad it's "Guitar of the Month" and not "Guitarist of the Month" ... 

Dang if Larrivee don't do the best TSB  drool
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2012, 02:08:37 PM »

It's photos like that make me glad it's "Guitar of the Month" and not "Guitarist of the Month" ...  


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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2012, 05:57:14 PM »



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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2012, 02:06:50 AM »

Swiped.

Would it make you feel better if I posted up a pic of me from the 1970's when I did gigs while wearing a light blue polyester leisure suit with paisley shirt and collar points that reached half way to my elbows?  yak

It would make ME feel better.
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