Presenting the HF-555 Model, equipped with our new Advanced rear shift design.
The -HD-115- took its place as the standard model for Headway ever since the brand was born. But the -HF-555- is a major upgrade of this model in terms of specifications.
And from there, the -HF-555 A, S / ATB- which adopted the newly developed "Advanced Rear Shifted X Bracing" was developed.
Don’t miss your chance to try this incredibly powerful model.
Bracing: Adirondack Spruce bracing, Carloped Advanced Rear Shift.
Headway has been working since 2016 on the "advanced rear shift." First adopted in a custom model produced by Momose, and then developed through trial and error production, it finally became a reality in the Asuka team build series in 2017.
▲ Comparison between Forwards shift, normal, and advanced rear shift.
The -Advanced rear shift- is a design where the bracing crossing point is shifted slightly closer to the bridge. Common knowledge tells us that a forwards shift is the most suitable design for a good sound and that moving closer to the bridge will result in a more stiff and unwieldy sound, but through trial and error and enough adjustments, we landed on a design that not only avoids these downsides but also gives a more articulate tone and particularly a great boost to the sound on the high E and B strings.
Neck: Cuban Mahogany
By using Cuban mahogany for the neck, which works as the core from where the sound propagates, we were able to get a tighter sound than before.
Position markers: Snowflake Avalone
Body: The body top is Adirondack Spruce and a Madagascar rosewood side and back.
The Adirondack Spruce we use on the body top of this model is a rare material that is has a big impact on the resulting sound. And High quality Madagascar rosewood is used for the side and back material, a material which is becoming increasingly rare, and competes in terms of hardness and sound quality with the Jacaranda,
Body decoration: Large herringbone
Headstock top: Madagascar Rosewood
Madagascar rosewood, which is also used for the body side and back, is adopted for the headstock top. This really gives this model a lot of style and a luxurious look.
Machine heads: GOTOH SXN510V 06M XG.
Pickguard: Equipped with a red swirl pickguard, with an impactful deep red color.
Saddle: Long saddle
GOTOH/SXN510V 06M XG
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Scalloped Advanced Rear Shift X Bracing
Elixir NANOWEB Light(.012-.053)
Hard Case, Allen Wrench, COA