Scarf joint is stronger than one-piece. And part of the motivation of the straight Fender headstock was cost; it required less wood than a one-piece tilt back and less labor than a scarf joint. The trade-off was a less than ideal break angle, which led to string trees and later staggered tuners. PRS have given us the best of both worlds here for a reliable guitar and they're catching flak. You guys whinging about a case amuse me. You could drop this thing down a flight of stairs in a gig bag and still play the gig. It's a maple necked bolt-on after all. You're going to have to work to break it.