Here's my first question of the day:
"Hey Lesteban, lots of snow; beauty day for hockey, eh? I've always wondered, do the strap buttons on a guitar affect the tone? By the way, I'm a huge fan!"
-- Puckmeister, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Thanks Puckmeister, it's great to have fans like you. To find the answer to your question, Lesteban conducted a scientific test.
First Lesteban played his PRS Artist V with the strap buttons on. Then Lesteban took the strap buttons off, and immediately wondered, "Hmmm, how will Lesteban hold the guitar up while standing and playing?"
Fortunately, Lesteban knew that Science always has the answer to a question involving tone! One has only to think about the experiment really, really hard, the outline of an experiment will pop into one's head. So that's what Lesteban did. Lesteban conducted a thought experiment just like Einstein. After several days of pondering how to keep a guitar on without a strap, the solution came like a bolt from the blue:
Studio Lesteban has an ample supply of duct tape.
Lesteban found that the guitar would stay put without a strap if he taped the entire body of the guitar to his skin with many layers of duct tape. Using this highly scientific method, Lesteban found that the sound of the guitar changed noticeably!
So yes, Puckmeister, the strap buttons do affect the guitar's tone!
Lesteban also paid a price for this little scientific inquiry when removal of the duct tape also removed his body hair and several layers of epidermis. But knowledge and science are worth a little personal sacrifice, isn't that right?
Lesteban is waiting to answer your very next question! What's on your mind....about TONE?