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Albrecht Smuten
10-26-2012, 08:08 AM
As I may have posted before, I'm a HUGE fan of PRS headstock design. Everytime I see one, my heart melts. It almost turns me on.

I just wanted to share, that besides the aesthetic thrill it gives me, I find it very practical for two reasons:

1) When I polish the strings and don't want to touch them anymore, the headstock is very easy to hold with two fingers (index finger goes to A, thumb goes to B), so I can put it in the gig-bag without touching the strings.
2) Since I don't have a guitar stand (and never remember to buy one, until on stage...), the C part allows me to lean the guitar against the amplifier edge (vertical) and it's pretty stable AND there's no risk of accidentally moving the tuners.

Try that with Fender ;)

(the 3-Mike-7 logo is just for fun, no intention to mock anyone, be it PRS or th3mike himself)

http://i50.tinypic.com/2a6poc7.jpg

themike
10-26-2012, 08:17 AM
Hahaha I love it. Also, I'm a huge fan of the headstock. Its one of, if not, my absolute favorite.

docbennett
10-26-2012, 08:29 AM
It may be sacriledge, but my favorite PRS headstock design is most definitely the Santana shape. Then again, my favorite PRS model is also the Santana...versions 1, 2 and various PS iterations.

Albrecht Smuten
10-26-2012, 08:39 AM
Hahaha I love it. Also, I'm a huge fan of the headstock. Its one of, if not, my absolute favorite.

I'm glad you do :)
They're so subtle and elegant, yet a little agressive (which I love too)...


It may be sacriledge, but my favorite PRS headstock design is most definitely the Santana shape. Then again, my favorite PRS model is also the Santana...versions 1, 2 and various PS iterations.

:o

Mikegarveyblues
10-26-2012, 09:14 AM
I've got to admit that i'm a fan of the PRS headstock too. I love the slightly asymmetrical top curve - it's instant, classic and timeless.

Got to be honest, I think the Fender Strat headstock is a beauty too but the Gibson one - to me at least - seems dated.

LSchefman
10-26-2012, 10:39 AM
I like the way the curve of the headstock mirrors the curve of the doublecut body shape. It's a classic, cool design that doesn't pretend to be from 1890-something.

SausageofPower
10-26-2012, 10:51 AM
The PRS headstock is one of my favorites, no doubt. It and the Jackson pointy are my two favorites. Never got into the Gibson headstock shape either, and the Fender shapes were always a bit off to me.

sleary
10-26-2012, 05:07 PM
I also love the prs design. I love prs period.
Never had a guitar fit me so well. I play my Sg for a little biy and right back too the prs. Soubd, playability and build quality are too notch.
I agree, Gibsons headstock is dated, kinda boring really.

rschleicher
10-26-2012, 06:15 PM
Of course the biggest practical issue with Gibson headstocks (or at least most of them) is that the combination of fairly large headstock angle (17 degrees, usually, I think), plus neck angle (relative to the body) means that if/when a Gibson Les Paul or ES-335 falls flat on it's back, the impact is taken fully by the end of the headstock. Which is why you see so many used Gibsons for sale with headstock repairs.... Gibson owners of course say that the large headstock angle is all part of getting good tone, but PRSi have great tone with a smaller headstock angle. (And of course with Fenders the headstock is basically parallel to the fretboard, and you need a string-tree or two to get enough downward string pressure at the nut.)

As an aside, I've always liked the look of the Tele headstock, more than the Strat headstock. (And within Strats, I like the smaller version more than the larger 70's version.)

Mikegarveyblues
10-26-2012, 07:14 PM
(And within Strats, I like the smaller version more than the larger 70's version.)

Never been quite sure about the Tele headstock.... If I had to choose then it'd be more love than hate. Got to agree about 70's Strat headstocks though. Can't stand them!

Yeah, it seems PRS pretty much got it right with the headstock design!

CoreyT
10-26-2012, 09:23 PM
As I type this I am staring at my wall, it looks the same as in my second link in my sig below.

I love my Gibson SG, but man, the headstocks are HUGE.
The PRS headstocks are a thing of beauty.

Albrecht Smuten
10-27-2012, 08:05 AM
I love my Gibson SG, but man, the headstocks are HUGE.

My feelings exactly. My teacher has one and she's very fond of it, so I don't tell her anything, but I always think "Girl, this is like... prehistoric stuff... made with sharp stones or something..." ;)

docbennett
10-27-2012, 08:17 AM
As I type this I am staring at my wall, it looks the same as in my second link in my sig below.

I love my Gibson SG, but man, the headstocks are HUGE.
The PRS headstocks are a thing of beauty.

Huge? Pffft. Now, THIS is a huge headstock!!



http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/HML%2020/100_5228.jpg


http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/HML%2020/100_5229.jpg


http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/HML%2020/100_4178.jpg

prsguitarman101
10-27-2012, 05:51 PM
I love the PRS headstocks also, they definately stand out in a crowd!

:p22:

newfmp3
10-29-2012, 07:44 AM
That PRS Headstock I like a lot. The Santana not so much. Gibson's are "ok". The old large strat one is my least fav. Tele's are better then Strats.

Albrecht Smuten
10-29-2012, 08:02 AM
Huge? Pffft. Now, THIS is a huge headstock!!



http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/HML%2020/100_5228.jpg

I love this shape. On a mandolin. This is a hockey-stick :D

docbennett
10-29-2012, 08:14 AM
I love this shape. On a mandolin. This is a hockey-stick :D


Skating from behind his own net....he flies down ice...eludes the defense-man at the red line.....dekes out the last remaining defender....crosses the blue line....fakes left, the goalie commits too early....He shoots.....he scores!!!!!



Now....THESE are hockey sticks....

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/5150-Neck-for-Kramer-Guitar-22-F-Maple-Banana-Headstock-/00/s/MzcwWDUwMA==/$%28KGrHqJ,%21jYE8FFofj-qBPEf%21Dkk5w%7E%7E60_35.JPGhttp://b.aol.com/ping?ts=1351516509943&h=i.ebayimg.com&v=7&t=$%28KGrHqJ,%21jYE8FFofj-qBPEf%21Dkk5w%7E%7E60_35.JPG%20%28JPEG%20Image,%20 300%C2%A0%C3%97%C2%A0222%20pixels%29&l=188&nm=toolbar.view&tbid=aol&tbuuid=20100828135910671

http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/273/naturalbananadv6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Albrecht Smuten
10-29-2012, 08:38 AM
Skating from behind his own net....he flies down ice...eludes the defense-man at the red line.....dekes out the last remaining defender....crosses the blue line....fakes left, the goalie commits too early....He shoots.....he scores!!!!!



Now....THESE are hockey sticks....

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/5150-Neck-for-Kramer-Guitar-22-F-Maple-Banana-Headstock-/00/s/MzcwWDUwMA==/$%28KGrHqJ,%21jYE8FFofj-qBPEf%21Dkk5w%7E%7E60_35.JPGhttp://b.aol.com/ping?ts=1351516509943&h=i.ebayimg.com&v=7&t=$%28KGrHqJ,%21jYE8FFofj-qBPEf%21Dkk5w%7E%7E60_35.JPG%20%28JPEG%20Image,%20 300%C2%A0%C3%97%C2%A0222%20pixels%29&l=188&nm=toolbar.view&tbid=aol&tbuuid=20100828135910671

http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/273/naturalbananadv6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Haha, brilliant. Leaning those against the amp would be immediate disaster.

Mikegarveyblues
10-29-2012, 10:39 AM
Gibson Moderne... Now that was a seriously ugly headstock!

http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/graphics/GibsonModerne1.jpg

Goldtop
10-29-2012, 10:52 AM
Gibson Moderne... Now that was a seriously ugly headstock!

http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/graphics/GibsonModerne1.jpg


Maybe I'm in the minority, but I love the Gumby headstocks! I even like the offset, split V thing too. The ones I don't care for are any of the twelve string variations from Fender.

Goldtop

Artist
10-29-2012, 10:53 AM
Ugly headstocks are the biggest turn offs I see on a guitar. The body, color, top can be amazing but if it has an ugly headstock everything is ruined. To me they look like home build, cheap guitars even if they are not.

Deep inside I feel that having a very good headstock shape is part of the secret of successful and lasting guitar brands.

To me the balance of the PRS headstock along with the body shape/carve of the Customs are an amazing work of art. No matter the finish they always look like high quality, classy real guitars.

docbennett
10-29-2012, 11:19 AM
Here's a headstock that's a bit different. Not sure if I love it, or hate it. It's a nice guitar though....my Knaggs Severn. Shortly prior to leaving PRS Inc. as the Head Honcho of the Private Stock team, Joe made a few of these models. I believe they were referred to as the "Chesapeake Series" of Private Stocks. They went down like the proverbial Led Zeppelin. Paul never co-signed the PRS versions, so I guess he disavowed any connection to them.

Joe has obviously replicated this design for his "Severn" series....this one is mine:

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/knaggs%20severn%20tier%201/100_5491.jpg

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/knaggs%20severn%20tier%201/100_5489.jpg

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/knaggs%20severn%20tier%201/100_5493.jpg




http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/knaggs%20severn%20tier%201/100_5497.jpg

LSchefman
10-29-2012, 11:32 AM
I like that Severn, Bennett. It's unusual to say the least, but it's well-executed and actually very cool looking.

Albrecht Smuten
10-30-2012, 05:50 AM
Gibson Moderne... Now that was a seriously ugly headstock!

http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/graphics/GibsonModerne1.jpg

Oooooh.... that looks like a big steaming pile of... experimental design.


http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab271/drugdetox/knaggs%20severn%20tier%201/100_5491.jpg

I like the body! The trick with two layers made me a little dizzy.