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This is the point at which the “run out” occurs on the sanded surface of the headstock overlay. I elected to do this step as you see in the picture.

The other method is to calculate the break point of the “run out” to coincide with the front edge of the nut, making the headstock thinner. I left the material on the headstock for strength and built a “nose” to come up even with the break of the walnut (where the sanded surface of the neck contacts the 15 degree angle of the headstock).

I like this “look.” It gives the appearance of a fret board extension where the nut is captured in a slot. Also, it allows for a strap tie to rest on ebony and not the walnut headstock overlay – the walnut is softer than the ebony and will show wear after time. This is not the case with ebony!

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