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    Headstocks

    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

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    Hahaha I love it. Also, I'm a huge fan of the headstock. Its one of, if not, my absolute favorite.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themike View Post
    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)...

    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rschleicher View Post
    (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!
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    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..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    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!!










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    I love the PRS headstocks also, they definately stand out in a crowd!


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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    Huge? Pffft. Now, THIS is a huge headstock!!



    I love this shape. On a mandolin. This is a hockey-stick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I love this shape. On a mandolin. This is a hockey-stick

    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....



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    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    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....



    Haha, brilliant. Leaning those against the amp would be immediate disaster.
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    Gibson Moderne... Now that was a seriously ugly headstock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikegarveyblues View Post
    Gibson Moderne... Now that was a seriously ugly headstock!


    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.

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