Guitar headstocks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most guitars have either 6 tuners in a row or 3 per side. This part of the guide shows you the most common headstock variations.

6 Tuners in a row

Fender guitars are made with 6 tuning pegs in a row like the Stratocaster headstock shown here

3 Tuners per side

This Gibson Les Paul has 3 tuners per side. Most Gibson guitars have this tuner configuration

Reverse Headstock

This Jackson guitar features 6 tuners in a row on a reverse headstock

4 And 2 Tuners Per Side

Occasionally a manufacturer tries something different with 4 tuners on one side and 2 on the other


The strings slot into grooves which keep the strings in place. The nut can be made of plastic, metal, graphite amongst others

Tuners/Tuning Pegs

The tuning pegs are turned which either tighten or loosen the strings therefore allowing the guitar to be tuned

Locking Nut

Guitars which feature the Floyd Rose tremolo systems are equipped with a locking nut. This is where the strings are clamped down with 3 bolts via an allen key. Read our guide on Tremelo’s and bridges for more information

Roller Nut

Some guitars have metal nuts called roller nuts. These are often found on higher end guitars. This kind of nut is used as it helps with tuning stability

Locking Tuners

This Fender stratocaster has locking tuners. With this system the string isn’t wound around the tuning peg. Instead, it is fed through a hole which is clamped down thus holding the string in place securely. The remaining parts of string is then cut off making string changes much simpler and improving tuning stability