Wobbly Headstock Problems
Back in the 1990s Bill Johnson and I made some square neck Beltona Tricones.Bill made the body with a complete square section neck ie it had a front metal surface too. These were very rigid and unlike some of the old ones there was no bending along the neck. It also meant we could put a much smaller block in the neck to take the headstock. This left more of the body hollow , all the way up to the 4th fret.. I also drilled out a honeycomb of holes in the block to further reduce the weight. The mortise also had a ramped face that worked against the headstock ever pulling forward. I think this was an improvement in the construction of these wonderful guitars that changed the world of steel playing back in the late twenties before the Tsunami of electrification.
Above is a very poor scan of a photograph of two Beltona Square neck tricones built in the 1990’s. A tribute to Bill Johnson’s metal working skills.