The first time I picked up an Epi version of a Gibson at a store and saw the neck was spliced up by the nut, it really put me off. Awhile back, I had a really nice playing Emperor Regent in natural. That damn spliced neck just stuck in my craw! I ended up selling mostly because of that! Had it been a sunburst, I'd have never seen that under the black neck, and it would have never bothered me. Is it Taylor that has some sort of tongue and groove at the headstock? That bugs me, too. It just seems cheap to me. Does this bother anyone else?