The angle of the headstock facilitates a lesser tension and makes the guitar a pleasure to play not to mention the fact that the locking tuners simply cannot work with any other nut design but what Paul designed in 1985.
n 1985 Paul got some major financing and he was able to start limited hand-made production of the PRS Custom.
His design got sleeker his finishes were and still are probably some of the best in the industry to this day.
These are the people who make up the PRS Forum today.
A sad group of people with nothing better to do than go into chat rooms and blab about PRS guitars, OY !!!
Paul Reed Smith has done more for the high end guitar market than any other person alive.
If it weren't for Paul Reed Smith, people would still be playing Gibson's & Fenders.
So at that time I became extremely interested in carrying his guitars.
I already knew the quality and playability was excellent and best of all the buying public were going to see ads in magazines.
He sent me a handwritten letter (which I still have) and several not so good pictures of his guitars. In any case a few years went by and I spoke to Paul several times about his product.
They were high priced for a completely unknown brand name.
The locking tuning pegs that were standard were the best in the industry at that time and have been copied in theory by Fender, Sperzel, Schaller and other notables.