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Custom-colord strats....matching headstock?

mark norwine
October 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM
What do you folks think about "matching headstocks"?

I'm in the process of building a new strat {fiesta red, rosewood fingerboard} and I can't decide if I should do the headstock in natural or match the body's color.

What are your opinions?

Kelsey
October 20th, 2006, 03:16 PM
A big no with a maple board, but with rosewood it depends on the body color. I'd say no on anything that was close to the natural maple (e.g., Oly White, gold), but I'm not sure on the Fiesta Red. Big help I am...

chickenpicker
October 20th, 2006, 03:23 PM
Do the headstock in clear, then mask off the sides and spray the face red. Then go over that with clear gloss. If you don't like it you can sand the red off, knowing that none of it will have sunk into the face of the headstock.

Wildhawk
October 20th, 2006, 05:45 PM
Love those black headstocks with the lettering in white.

Most headstocks look boring with plain jane wood. IMO

Big Tony
October 20th, 2006, 06:03 PM
In most cases a "natural" headstock looks best (IMHO).
Sometimes a matching headstock looks cool, but I haven't figured out the "when" and "why", so I vote "natural" - just to be on the safe side... :neutral:

/ Tony

tazzboy
October 20th, 2006, 10:21 PM
The Headstock Color Guitar were made in 1995-1996 Fender American Standard 1995 1996 limited Edition Stratocaster some of the colors included Candy apple red, burgney mist, Fesita Red, and an Ocean Color one.

It has a TBX tone knob (treble/bass uses) for the Bridge and Middle Pickup and regular tone pot for the neck.

The pickups were 5.9K ohms DC Resistances and 2.4 henries (Best to get the Custom Shop 69 pickups for that.)

fenderix
October 21st, 2006, 12:03 PM
If you have a rosewood board, matching headstocks look great. Two of my favourites are Lake Placid Blue and Candy Apple Red. With maple boards, it seems like the headstock is "disconnected" from the rest of the guitar. Looks out of place! :smile:

MaskedRider
October 21st, 2006, 02:11 PM
I resemble that remark!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v228/fuzztone65/case8_edited-1.jpg

JDC
October 21st, 2006, 07:48 PM
The Headstock Color Guitar were made in 1995-1996 Fender American Standard 1995 1996 limited Edition Stratocaster

That must have been an option "back in the day". The first Strat that I can remember ever having seen "in person" (small town...no music store to speak of) was at a high school dance in the late '60's. It was (as I remember it) a lighter shade of blue w/ matching headstock.

David Barnett
October 21st, 2006, 07:57 PM
I don't recall ever seeing a Strat or Tele "back in the day" with matching color headstocks such as they did with Jaguars, Jazzmasters, XIIs, and Jazz Basses.

I take it back -- I've seen Oly White and Candy Apple Red with matching headstocks, and both had the extra scroll lines and filigree on the decals. Transisiton logo, big headstock.

claudel
October 21st, 2006, 10:46 PM
Why not go all the way? :cool:

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/uploads/7940/whitestrat_01.jpg

professor
October 21st, 2006, 10:53 PM
What do you folks think about "matching headstocks"?

I'm in the process of building a new strat {fiesta red, rosewood fingerboard} and I can't decide if I should do the headstock in natural or match the body's color.

What are your opinions?Matching. Only way to fly, IMO...!

Justin Crouse
October 21st, 2006, 11:28 PM
only looks good with a rosewood finger board. JMHO

MaskedRider
October 22nd, 2006, 12:08 AM
Yeah but they sound better with the maple boards,JMHO.Muscicians friend sells this one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Custom-Shop-58-Strat-Relic-Electric-Guitar-with-Matching-Headstock?sku=516745&src=3SOSWXXA

tazzboy
October 22nd, 2006, 01:43 AM
Yeah but the price tag on 95 and 96 modle is $975 to $1075. a lot less then CS 58 listed on musiciansfriend.com

T3L3CAST3R scr33nag3r
October 22nd, 2006, 07:15 AM
i think it its a rosewood neck, painted headstocks look ok

but maple has to be plain wood

chickenpicker
October 22nd, 2006, 08:30 AM
I don't have a problem with matching headstocks on maple. I think they look good.

GeertS
October 22nd, 2006, 02:51 PM
Can't wait to see it completely finished !

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/519/medium/Img_6829.jpg

aznrambo481
October 22nd, 2006, 11:55 PM
It adds character.

Frank Roberts
October 23rd, 2006, 04:05 PM
Mark,

I personally can't stand the look of a matching headstock. I didn't like 'em when they came out in the 60's and I feel the same way now. I realize the original 60's Strats w/ matching headstocks bring a premium price due to their rarity and apparently the Japanese like 'em. As a result they have been reissued in Custom runs by Fender and are more highly regarded by some folks. No offense to those who prefer them; I just don't. So there's my vote.

I'm sure whichever way you go it will be well executed just like your amps. So best regards and go for it!

Frank

tazzboy
October 23rd, 2006, 06:52 PM
Mark,

I personally can't stand the look of a matching headstock. I didn't like 'em when they came out in the 60's and I feel the same way now. I realize the original 60's Strats w/ matching headstocks bring a premium price due to their rarity and apparently the Japanese like 'em. As a result they have been reissued in Custom runs by Fender and are more highly regarded by some folks. No offense to those who prefer them; I just don't. So there's my vote.

I'm sure whichever way you go it will be well executed just like your amps. So best regards and go for it!

Frank


too each his own.

do not be afraid
October 23rd, 2006, 11:57 PM
i love colored headstocks, as long as they follow these rules:

1. the fret-board must be as dark, or darker, than the headstock.

2. the fret-board must be visually distinct from the rest of the neck.

3. the colors of the body, neck, fret-board, and headstock, must all be complimentary.

minor variances are acceptable, but not encouraged.

if you like the sound of a maple fret-board, but the look of a colored headstock, paint or stain the fret-board a color darker than the headstock, and preferably brown or black. otherwise, well, icky...

endzone
October 24th, 2006, 12:29 AM
In the November 06 issue of Vintage Guitar (Tom Petty issue) on page 36 there's an ad for Christie's that has a fantastic pic of a '64 Red Strat w/ matching headstock. If you can look at that picture and not want one just like it, then you....well, you are just....well, I like it alot.

tazzboy
October 24th, 2006, 03:07 PM
This is the info I got from email fender:

Model Name: Limited Edition American Standard Strat®
With Matching Painted Headstock
Model Number: 010-7400-(Color#) and 010-7402-(Color#)
Series: American Standard Series
Body: Alder
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood (010-7400) or Maple (010-7402), (9.5” Radius/241 mm)
No. of Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Width @ Nut: 1.6875” (43 mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Fender Standard (Schaller - Cast/Sealed)
Bridge: American Standard
Pickguard: 3-Ply White
Pickups: 3 American Standard Strat Pickups
Pickup Switching: Deluxe 5-Position Blade
Controls: Master Volume, Tone (Neck), TBX Tone (Mid, Bridge)
Colors: (Standard Colors)
(706) Black,
(715) Lipstick Red,
(732) Brown Sunburst,
(747) Carribbean Mist,
(773) Midnight Blue,
(775) Midnight Wine,
(780) Arctic White
(With Matching Painted Headstocks)
January 1995 to June 1995
(757) Surf Green,
(766) Burgundy Mist
June 1995 to December 1995
(708) Ocean Turquoise,
(709) Candy Apple Red
January 1996 to June 1996
(702) Lake Placid Blue
(705) Olympic White
Strings: Fender Super 250L’s (.009 to .042) Nickel Plated Steel pn#073-0250-003
Unique Features: Matching painted headstock
Source: U.S.
Accessories: Molded Case
U.S. MSRP: $949.99
Specs: Prices and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice
INTRODUCED: 1/1995
DISCONTINUED: 6/1996
COMMENTS: The Limited Edition American Standard Strats with Matching Painted Headstocks rotated colors every six months for a year an a half and then were discontinued.

Sarge
October 25th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Personally, I just love the look of a matching headstock. It just seems to add something to the overall appearance of a guitar.

maestrovert
October 25th, 2006, 09:05 AM
No....
Jes' m.h.o. here, 'k ? painted headstocks on Fenders are an abomination !


Jes' m.h.o., y.m.m.v.

T3L3CAST3R scr33nag3r
October 25th, 2006, 09:24 AM
Can't wait to see it completely finished !

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/519/medium/Img_6829.jpg

didnt you mask up the guitar first!!!???

WickedGTR
October 25th, 2006, 11:44 AM
I like them on rosewood necks. Not crazy about the whole RED thing( to say the least).

I've got 2- Silver sparkle and shell pink:

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/523/medium/silversparklestrat.jpg

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/523/medium/Pinkie.jpg

Frank Roberts
October 26th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Beauty to my eye:


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/Rbrts/Guitars/DSC00153.jpg

GeertS
October 30th, 2006, 03:34 PM
didnt you mask up the guitar first!!!???

No, because we modelled (with a saw) the headstock to Fender shape, we had to sand an finish the sides anyway. No problems there.

Loco
November 1st, 2006, 06:40 PM
White Strat and matching headstock - great! Any other colour doesn't look quite as cool as it does on a Jazz, Jag or Mustang. Just my humble opinion...