The actual headstock angle
is another thing I've worked on. Being a repair guy, I've
noticed that Les Pauls have a tendency to break at the headstock
a lot, and I have repaired many in my time. So I didn't
want to incorporate that headstock design into the Merlin,
although they have similar features. To solve that problem,
I've reduced the angle of the headstock to 10 degrees rather
than the 14 that you'll find on a Les Paul, but it still
achieves a certain amount of break angle over the nut by
using Sperzel-style machineheads. Ultimately, it results
in about a 12 degree break angle over the nut, achieving
the right amount of sustain for what I was after.
They're the main points as far as fundamental
construction goes. The shape of the body, where the bridge
is actually attached, people have asked me whether that's
something to do with tone, but it's mainly due to aesthetics.
Perhaps it is getting a certain amount of sustain as well.
Possibly, I'm not sure.
12-degree break angle, Sperzel machineheads