Congrats! Is it me or you don't seem to be as thrilled about it as you were expecting?
Is there a logical reason why he went for a reversed headstock?
The Byrd ™ 2 plus 4 ™ Equa-pull ™ Headstock designThe ergonomic Super Avianti ® 2 plus 4 ™ Equa-pull ™ patented headstock is also a unique bit of engineering based upon experiance, reason, and an understanding of physics. While other manufacters have upon occasion, placed 4 tuning machines on one side of the headstock, and 2 tuning machines on the other, the Super Avianti's ® headstock is the only design which places the the four higher strings, into a reversed configuration.Why this is better:A standard 6 on-a-side headstock design (such as Fender's ®) creates several problems as a design: Because the wound strings are dependant upon a solid inner core and they are tuned lower, the wound strings are actually under lower tension than the unwound strings according to their true "modulus of elasticity".It is also known as a fact of physics, that when any string of a given pitch, has it's length increased, the actual tension required to maintain it's pitch goes up.This means that a standard 6 on-a-side headstock design is actually backwards, if the goal of the design is to equalize the tension between the strings. Mine is. Jimi Hendrix intuitively understood this, and chose to live with the akwardness of playing his guitar upside down for the benefit, because when the design is reversed, bending the higher strings becomes easier, and the tremelo arm has a more equal effective range between the strings.But there are also problems created when mearly reversing a standard 6 on-a-side headstock design: The nearly 8 inches of string length behind the nut on the low 'E' string, then requires that string retainers be placed over the wound strings to keep them from jumping off of the nut. This causes major tuning stability problems, especially when using the tremelo.The Byrd™ 2 plus 4™ Equa-pull™ Headstock design solves these problems, and places the four strings which are most commonly used to play chord voicings which the tremelo arm may be applied to, into the best configuration for optimal tremelo performance. A standard 6 on-a-side headstock design generally only provides 1/2 to one whole step range of pitch when using the tremelo arm. The 2 plus 4™ Equa-pull™ headstock design increases the available range of pitch change with the tremelo to a full musical fifth on the high 'E' string when using the tremelo. The lowered tension on the high 'E' string also makes string bending markedly easier than it is on a Strat ®.Placing the low 'E' and 'A' strings on the other side of the headstock eliminated any need for string-trees, while retaining the most useful elements and performance improvements of the left-handed tuner configuration on the 4 higher strings.You will also notice that the headstock is a "straight-pull" design, meaning that the path of the strings remains perfectly straight from the bridge to the tuning machines. This too eliminates any chance of the strings catching on the nut and creating tuning instability. Just to make certain, a super slippery graphite nut is employed. Between the improved string tension balance, lack of string trees, straight pull design, and graphite nut, the Super Avianti ® stays in tune without a locking nut. While the locking tremelo was a brilliant innovation, it made string changing a pain, and it had a negative effect on an instrument's tone. The improved equalization of string tension of the The Byrd ™ 2 plus 4 ™ Equa-pull ™ Headstock design also results in an instrument which feels better, and is easier to play.
Not tempted to try a JB Jr or a Hotrail in the bridge position ?