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06-12-2012, 11:12 PM
How do you prefer your signature guitars (Grissom, Ori, Santana, etc)...

Signed by it's namesake or not?

FOR: I had a DGT that was signed on the back of the headstock by David. I liked that a lot.

AGAINST: I have seen other cool guitars signed on the top of the body and the 1st thing that came to mind was "I wonder how easily that will come off?"

06-12-2012, 11:15 PM
Nothing on the front for me. YMMV

06-13-2012, 01:59 AM
Back of headstock by PRSh......yes

On the body ............kills it

06-13-2012, 03:01 AM
Back of headstock by PRSh......yes

On the body ............kills it

As the man said

Michael B
06-13-2012, 05:41 AM
I agree, nothing on the top! Tremonti signed the back of the headstock on mt Tremonti and I love it!!

06-13-2012, 06:37 AM
Back of the headstock works for me, although it's a "Luthier Sig" rather than "Artist Sig" guitar........and Howie's not TedMc......


06-13-2012, 07:42 AM
Back of the headstock only for me...



06-13-2012, 08:42 AM
Back or front of the headstock signed is cool!!

06-13-2012, 11:26 AM
Back of headstock or control cavity cover by the maker(s) only.

06-13-2012, 02:12 PM
Back of headstock or control cavity cover by the maker(s) only.
That works and I like it.

06-14-2012, 12:35 AM
A signature model signed by the artist on the back is cool.

06-14-2012, 01:09 AM
I'm all for back of the headstock signatures. I actually had my SCT signed twice, once on the back of the headstock and again on the control cavity cover. I ended up removing the cover and putting on a clean one to preserve the signature. I really don't get the whole signing the body thing and wouldn't want it done to any guitar I ever owned. As for the signature model thing I'm a weird bird. I wouldn't own a signature guitar to begin with outside of the Tremonti (my exact idea of what a singlecut style guitar should be) and a Santana (out of pure respect for the man) but if I ever bought these guitars I'd definitely go for a headstock signature.

06-14-2012, 06:36 AM
Let's put it this way....If Carlos offered to sign the front top of any of my Santana models....who am I to turn him down???

06-14-2012, 10:25 AM
Don't want mine signed, thanks!

With that said, I do have several control cover plates signed by PRSH, but that's a little different then signing the actual guitar...

06-14-2012, 10:42 AM
The front of my headstock is signed by Paul (instead of the inlay signature). I think it's cool to have that. I don't want them to sign the front of the actual guitar when the flame or quilt or goldtop looks so sweet already. I think a signature is a nice keepsake and reminder of a meeting though. control plate, headstock, certificate- it's all good! I'd love to tell DG and PRSh in person how much I dig the guitars, and sure, I'll have em sign the back of the headstock.

Two things come to mind:

When I met Eric Johnson to have him sign my EJ Strat (now gone, unfortunately), he looked at me for a second, and I said "on the back of the headstock", and he went "alright, that's good!"

Adrian Smith, in the Iron Maiden Flight 666 documentary signs the front of a kid's guitar, looks at the camera, and says "well, ruined another nice guitar!" lol.

06-14-2012, 01:26 PM
Headstock is cool...never never never on the front or back of the body...I bought a Larrivee off a guy who had it signed my Tommy Emmanuel. I paid him less than he wanted for it because it had been "defaced" and then as soon as I got it home, I took the sig off. Now if it had been on the headstock, I would have kept it....

06-14-2012, 02:09 PM
Hans - and here it is - a gig this past Saturday at Winslow's in Kansas City. The DGT gets played regularly - it's breaking in nicely; no longer minty! David's sig on the the back of the headstock gives a little extra mojo when played!



With tone and oneness, Mike

06-14-2012, 03:34 PM
No signatures....thank you.

06-14-2012, 09:51 PM
Back of the headstock. Under the finish, even better.

David Eaton
06-15-2012, 11:25 AM
Back of the headstock, Grissom and PRS. I'd do it again with my other DGTs in a heartbeat:


07-05-2012, 08:46 AM
Hi all,
I tried something a little different when I met Mark Tremonti at a Wildwood Music Meet and Greet on May 19. I was to nervous to bring my three Tremonti Signatures for signing, so my wife took a great picture with me with the three beasts and I asked Mark to sign that photo (see below). If there is a future Meet and Greet, I will bring the Tremonti II and ask for a back of the headstock signature. Mark had a PRS rep with him who brought nice 8x10 photos of Mark for his signature and a lot of blackplates that Mark signed. He signed so much I am surprised he could play that same night in Denver on the Creed tour.
I also did something different in that I brought each of the PRS Tremonti instruction cards. You know the little white card that shows where the volume and tone controls are. I asked Mark to sign all three (see below). After he signed the 2nd one he stopped, looked closer at it and laughed, "So this is how you play one of these things!"






07-05-2012, 08:54 AM
Mark is one of the nicest and most down to earth guys you'll ever meet and he's a kick ass player too!

Mike Duncan
07-05-2012, 09:03 AM
I gotta find the picture of Dave signing the back of Browndog's DGT. Never should have sold that one! Nah, glad you're rocking' her!

My goldtop is signed on the head by Dave, on the control cavity cover by Paul and Len Johnson.

07-05-2012, 09:18 AM
Great ideas Pete, looks like you got plenty of bang for your buck that day! haha

I love Mark - he's just a cool guy and always gets back to me when I shoot him questions. He's also a huge amp nerd which rules. I'd also like to give him credit as having the only PRS model thats currently made for heavy tunes ;)

07-05-2012, 09:27 AM
Also, I LOVED how those Johnson Millenium 212's sounded - I felt like that amp should have put Line6 out of the model game haha.

07-05-2012, 09:55 AM
Thanks themike, That is amazing that you can shoot Mark amp questions. He was thrilled that he had just got the Bludodrive (I think that's the name) and was using it in his Creed rig. I think I remember that the amp was made in Denver. He also held his own when talking to the Wildwood Music store owner who has a long history in the business. It was impressive to hear.
Glad you loved the Millenium. My only quibble with them is that they break up and get pretty muddy at higher volumes. Mark says he doesn't use his much any more to warm up as he likes to play through a tube amp to warm up. He said it makes the transition from practice to concert easier by sticking with tubes. Understandable

07-05-2012, 10:01 AM
And Shawn, maybe we should start a thread about getting sigs from our favorite PRS personnel. When I wrote to PRS about how cool the PRS-sponsored Tremonti Meet and Greet was, I received the following reply from Matt King. If you and Matt could sign a Private Stock Tremonti I will be the first bidder.
Hi Pete,

Thank you for writing PRS Guitars and for the great feedback. It is really nice to hear what a great time and experience you had at the meet and greet. Mark is not only a talented artist but a great person. We are honored to have him help represent our company and he has done so with great pride and enthusiasm from the beginning. I have had the pleasure of working with Mark a couple times and it amazes me how down to earth he can be and completely genuine. Thanks again for sharing your experience and I will pass along your email so others here can read about the event. Thank you for your continued support of PRS Guitars.

Best Regards,

Matt King
Customer Relations
Paul Reed Smith Guitars
380 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD 21666
From: PETECARP@aol.com [PETECARP@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 5:44 PM
To: Paul Reed Smith Customer Service
Subject: Mark Tremonti Meet and Greet, Wildwood Guitars, May 19,2012

Please pass this along to whomever might find benefit from it.
I wanted to thank you for sponsoring the Mark Tremonti Meet and Greet last Saturday, May 19, at Wildwood Guitars in Louisville, CO. It was a fantastic event and it was great to meet my biggest guitar hero and influence.
I own three Tremonti Signatures: an original Tremonti from 2001, a Tremonti Tribal (#93), and a current Tremonti with tremolo. I also own a PRS 513. Mark's sound really made an impact on me when I first heard it years ago and I knew that I needed to play what he plays. Each of the three Tremonti models is unique with its own tones, all of which I love. Each has been made with incredible quality, materials, and craftsmanship. I can't imagine playing anything else, even though I own an Ibanez Jem 7DBK and a Carvin AE 185. I always reach for the PRS Tremonti models and then the 513.
I have never been to a Meet and Greet and didn't know what to expect. I called Wildwood and they were very inviting. Not only did Mark Tremonti come, but also his Creed guitarist Eric Friedman came as well. Mark is an excellent ambassador for both his bands and for PRS. He greeted every fan as warmly as if they were an old friend. He listened with interest to all of us ask what for him must be common questions. He looks you in the eye when he talks to you, is interested in what you say, and is genuinely a great guy. He stayed for the entire two hours even though Creed was playing that night in Denver. He also was willing to sign everything that was put in front of him. It was hard to believe that I could talk to a hugely successful artist one on one and learn from him and share the love of a great guitar and the music he makes with it.
Also, big thanks for the efforts of the PRS rep who brought Mark and Eric to Wildwood Guitars. He introduced himself as Joe and I wish I got a last name as he really helped to make it a great day. He brought photos of Mark and back plates for Mark to sign. He also managed Mark's time in a way that let all of get plenty of access to him. Joe also showed me a beautiful new PRS P22.
Thanks again for this great event. You have chosen a great artist in Mark Tremonti. He not only represents PRS well, but also represents that the true measure of a person is how we treat others. Several years ago, I met Nicky Moroch, another one of your PRS artists and he was a great ambassador of PRS. I will continue to look towards PRS as innovators of tone and the best guitar artists.
Pete Carpenter
Fort Collins, CO

07-05-2012, 10:37 AM
I submit this as an exception to having a guitar signed on the front.

For the Eagles 'Farewell I" tour, they had radio stations give away tickets, like lots of other bands do. But in each city there was one ticket package that was 2nd row center seats and a signed guitar...


I have another exception I'll post as soon as I get a new pic of it uploaded...

Hopeful Sinner
07-05-2012, 11:52 AM
Signed on the back of the headstock or on the control plate is ok. Never on the front of the body no matter who it is! Front of the headstock is acceptable but not preferred..
I personally do not like the chore of protecting a signature on an instrument though. I would rather have a different memento signed for posterity in most cases.
In my youth, I went to a LOT of shows and there was this guy that would bring the same red Ibanez to every show to get signed. He was also missing a leg, so he would use the guitar and the sympathy factor with the crew to meet the bands. The sigs were always removed before the next show would roll around. Funny thing is, 9 times outta 10 if he met who he was after and got a handful of guitar picks, a couple of autographs and a snapshot with Joe Rockstar, he wouldnt even stick around for the show. Never understood the fascination with the artist if you aren't there for the music, what's the point?

07-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Back of headstock cool.

Anywhere else would have to be a guitar that would be a display in a glass case only sorta thing....which I'm not really a fan of because guitars need to played. But, if you had a sig guitar from your favorite artist and had a nice display set up that commemorates them, far be it from me to tell you where to have it signed. If it was for that purpose, you'd want it visible.

07-05-2012, 03:58 PM
back of the headstock or the back of the body would be cool.

07-05-2012, 06:35 PM
I have a control cavity cover signed by Bonni Lloyd for my Bonni Pink Cu24. I keep it in the case though. I would put it on the guitar if I knew it wouldn't wear off.

Pic doesn't show the top of the guitar well:

This is better shot of the guitar (Thanks Eric!):


David Eaton
07-08-2012, 04:53 PM
I now have two signed guitars, both DGTs. One is signed on the back of the headstock by PRSh and david Grissom. The other is signed by Phil Keaggy, also on the back of the headstock.

07-08-2012, 06:00 PM
Signing on the front of the guitar is kinda low-rent.

07-10-2012, 02:51 PM
Signing on the front of the guitar is kinda low-rent.

I have a white SE singlecut that is signed on the front by Howard Leese. It was an auction guitar in '09. $1K went to Hopkins Hospital.

Last year, Paul auctioned off a guitar signed by every employee at PRS and all of the artists who attended the Experience. It had signatures over its entire surface. I had to drop out of the bidding at $3K. That money also went to Hopkins...

Just sayin' that there are always exceptions.

Jet Whitey
07-11-2012, 06:23 PM
And it's in Sharpie!!!!!


07-12-2012, 01:55 PM
One of the Hopkins auction guitars from 09


07-13-2012, 07:35 AM
Back of headstock is cool. I have a few signatures of Paul and one of Ted McCarty on Control cavity cover. Just a little clearcoat on top and they are there forever! :cool:

07-13-2012, 09:22 PM
It's okay if Paul Miles signs the back of the headstock also ...

07-16-2012, 09:11 AM
no painting on my guitars - from nobody!

01-16-2013, 10:19 PM
As a rule, I'm not a fan of signatures on guitars, other than the back of the headstock. Having said that, I used to own an old white Kramer guitar signed by all 4 members (at the time) of Van Halen. I sold it when the autographs started to fade pretty badly. The guy who had it signed for me didn't use the Sharpie I gave him and used some random marker. I couldn't find anybody to shoot a clearcoat on it because they didn't know what pen, so they couldn't guarantee they wouldn't destroy the signatures. I wish I still had that one.

01-17-2013, 08:04 AM
Back of the headstock for sure...my Tremonti from this years PRS Experience.


01-17-2013, 09:33 AM
I had my Tremonti SE signed by Mark Tremonti.
He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
I only wish I had a pic to validate the signature.
Oh well ... I know it's legit. :proud:


01-17-2013, 05:39 PM
I'm good with Paul or the sig namesake on the back of headstock or on control cover, no top though.

01-17-2013, 05:51 PM
I have a John Connolly custom Les Paul and I got him to sign the electronics cover. I would never get the front of the body signed.

01-17-2013, 06:00 PM
I wouldn't even let David Gilmour sign the front of my guitar... Pretty sure he wouldn't so no worries!

Fron and back of headstock is fine with me along with the control plates.

01-18-2013, 07:08 AM
I've also had a few electronics covers signed, but I typically leave those in the case.

I do have one framed, along with one of the proof pages from the PRS Book...



01-18-2013, 07:23 AM
I've also had a few electronics covers signed, but I typically leave those in the case.

I do have one framed, along with one of the proof pages from the PRS Book...



That is a gorgeous job of framing Jamie. I even like how the wood grain of the frame complements the color of the guitars in the proof. Real nice.

01-18-2013, 08:13 AM
I like the autographs on plastic. This way, I can keep the the signature even if the guitar goes away.

These two gentlemen are pretty significant to me.


Dirty Bob
01-18-2013, 10:33 AM
I like the autographs on plastic. This way, I can keep the the signature even if the guitar goes away.

These two gentlemen are pretty significant to me.


That's Awesome!

01-18-2013, 11:35 AM
That is a gorgeous job of framing Jamie. I even like how the wood grain of the frame complements the color of the guitars in the proof. Real nice.

Thanks! I remember picking thru the frame samples and finding that burl...

I'll try to get a better pick when I get home...