What am I missing here? I've been playing 27 years and I have never seen anyone put the ball end of the string at the headstock that wasn't a headless guitar.
It's a faster stringing procedure for double locking floating systems like most Ibanez Edge. One gets a clean headstock without pointy string ends that may pierce something... like eyeballs when too long...I figured that was the case just curious if there is some benefit by doing it that way?
I always have done that on guitars with a Floyd or Edge. Why not? I will generally leave enough extra at the peg that there is some more string to pull down if you break it at the bridge locking block, amd the ball keeps it from drawing blood when you or your roommates graze the headstock with flesh.