Doubtless I am in the minority, but I like the Seagull headstock, form following function, and it is unique (though a couple others have since produced similar isosceles shapes). Anyway, trying to use the headstocks as a quick timeline identifier, surveying Seagulls online, I’ve seen these...
1. Plain black headstock with truss rod cover, and sun+bird logo on the tip (very early models), squared off at the top
2. Plain black headstock with truss rod cover, brown perimeter, sun+bird logo on the tip
3. Plain dark brown headstock, no truss rod cover, perimeter binding of lighter brown, and the sun+bird logo.
4. Plain dark brown headstock, with perimeter binding, “Seagull” in thin horizontal script, sun+bird logo
5. The current headstock which has a thick horizontal script “Seagull” plus the sun+bird logo on the end with bird flying right instead of left
That sort of seems like the basic framework to me over time. Does anyone know the year each new type first appeared? Have I missed a type?
I think the sun+bird logo is a terrific and timeless design. There may be a better descriptive name for it, but I don’t know of one.
The script, thick or thin - meh, not so much. I get why they’d want to do it, but charitably, it’s unremarkable.
There are fancier versions on higher end Seagulls, with differing headstock overlays, and some with abalone.
Is there a catalogue of these headstock designs?
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2020 7:29:10 GMT -5 by cardinal2b
I added “flying right instead of left” to the description of the current headstock, thanks RobertW! Tbut he Natural Elements version seems to be like number 4 in my list, but the negative of it - ? Is this the only such treatment? I suspect not, but my knowledge of Seagull models isn’t that good, so I’m gonna investigate some more before figuring out how best to add this in. I’d love to match years (or even better the first serial number) to each type, so keep the information coming. I will try to write Seagull for answers also.
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2020 8:39:29 GMT -5 by cardinal2b