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The guitar has long been a study in practical design. It has to work; hold string tension, stay in tune and offer usable features and encourage playability. But, like a guilded shield of a Roman warrior, the guitar’s design also has to inspire performance by looking cool. Enter Yi-Luen Tan, the RMIT student designer who reworked the classic curves of Gibson’s Les Paul and Fender’s Stratocaster, reversing the basic design by putting the tuning pegs at the base rather than the headstock. The design shifts the weight to the base of the maple guitar, offering a “completely different” feel from traditional guitars. [via yankodesign, additional pic via woodworkingforum]