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    2013 Santana models, bound fretboard?

    Hey all... First time poster, long time lurker.

    I'm in the market for a Santana and have been checking the big retailers such as MF, Sweetwater, Dave's, Wildwood, Willcutt, etc etc daily looking for any sign of a 2013 model. I'm holding out for the 2013 model because I, like most folks prefer the newer bird design on the 2013s. Any way, I was on Sweetwater just now and spotted one of the new 2013 models and to my surprise the fret board binding is gone! This obviously goes against the spec sheet on the official website, so I'm a bit confused. Has binding been eliminated for the 2013 Santanas? Or is this some sort of one off oddity? I know PRS has ditched the binding on all of their other models for 2013, but it would be a real bummer if they did for the Santana as well.

    Here is the link to the 2013 with no binding...

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SantSYL/

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    Hmmmm... the web page (noted as 2013) certainly calls for a bound neck.

    http://prsguitars.com/santana/specs.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    Hmmmm... the web page (noted as 2013) certainly calls for a bound neck.

    http://prsguitars.com/santana/specs.php
    Yeah, it's odd. It actually doesn't surprise me considering they've discontinued binding across the board on all of their other electric models. It's more surprising to me that they neglected to update their website. Any way, I shot an email over to PRS customer support. No idea if they'll even answer, but it's worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thornie View Post
    Yeah, it's odd. It actually doesn't surprise me considering they've discontinued binding across the board on all of their other electric models. It's more surprising to me that they neglected to update their website. Any way, I shot an email over to PRS customer support. No idea if they'll even answer, but it's worth a shot.
    They just finished NAMM updates. Give it a few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thornie View Post
    It's more surprising to me that they neglected to update their website.
    That is odd!

    Fixed the spec on the site. Photo shows a 2012 model. I'll update the photos when I have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    That is odd!

    Fixed the spec on the site. Photo shows a 2012 model. I'll update the photos when I have them.
    Haha, thanks for the quick update both in email and on here. You guys are the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thornie View Post
    Yeah, it's odd. It actually doesn't surprise me considering they've discontinued binding across the board on all of their other electric models.
    I think that the new Schon and certain other hollowbody models, like the JA-15 still have bound necks.

    The funny thing is PRS can't win; when they came out with the bound necks on SC58s, McCarty 58s, and Santana, people absolutely howled and called it a "deal breaker." There was post after post about it on the old BaM site. They remove them, and different people are bummed.

    Just goes to show, ya can't please everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I think that the new Schon and certain other hollowbody models, like the JA-15 still have bound necks.

    The funny thing is PRS can't win; when they came out with the bound necks on SC58s, McCarty 58s, and Santana, people absolutely howled and called it a "deal breaker." There was post after post about it on the old BaM site. They remove them, and different people are bummed.

    Just goes to show, ya can't please everyone!
    Yeah, I hear ya. I actually don't like binding on most PRSi, but binding on the Santana along with the headstock veneer ups the "wow" factor for me. IMO it completes the guitar aesthetically... It just looks right. Any way, it looks I'll be trying to find a 2011/2012 model which shouldn't be too hard. If it's between binding or old birds, I'll choose binding

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    Quote Originally Posted by thornie View Post
    Yeah, I hear ya. I actually don't like binding on most PRSi, but binding on the Santana along with the headstock veneer ups the "wow" factor for me. IMO it completes the guitar aesthetically... It just looks right.
    I like the binding, but I've also always liked them either way (I guess I'm easy to please).

    I have two recent models with bound necks. It's a classic look.

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    thanks for bringing it to our attention. stuff always slips through the cracks, no matter how many people get a look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    thanks for bringing it to our attention. stuff always slips through the cracks, no matter how many people get a look at it.
    It could be worse. This page has been up on the Gibson site for months. Check out the high E string at the nut.

    http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Elec...aul/Specs.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    It could be worse. This page has been up on the Gibson site for months. Check out the high E string at the nut.

    http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Elec...aul/Specs.aspx

    Theyve done that several times and each time it just gets more and more funny to me. Sweetwater had the same issue but literally reshot the photos within 2 hours of posting the guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    It could be worse. This page has been up on the Gibson site for months. Check out the high E string at the nut.

    http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Elec...aul/Specs.aspx

    I thought you were "All In" Hans? What are you doing on a G!b$0n site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    I thought you were "All In" Hans? What are you doing on a G!b$0n site?
    I like Les Paul's. Every time I think I'm ready to buy another, I spend it on a PRS I want more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    I like Les Paul's. Every time I think I'm ready to buy another, I spend it on a PRS I want more.
    I have the same problem with 335s. Haven't had one in years. Can't bring myself to choose one over a PRS.

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    that's pretty funny

    still, gotta give them credit for getting through that much product photography. can't be easy

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