Pictured below are the open-stlye (top) and closed style (bottom) tuning heads. I can't get them to line up on the page the way I want them to, but oh well.
Now, apparently, a lot of guitarist prefer the open-slot tuning head to the more modern style. I think that is mostly because they look cooler. I also discovered (through a quick internet search) that they are much easier to restring than I found them to be. If any of you out there reading my blog has a guitar with the open-slot style tuning head can you please tell me how you find them. Do you find that they don't stay in tune as well as the closed-style? Do you find them difficult to restring? Or do you just think that they looked freakin' awesome ? I agree with the last point, but I much rather the more modern tuning head any day. Cheers.