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View Poll Results: What do you think of "matching headstocks" on custom-colored strats?
Mathcing headstocks look great! Very cool! Go for it! 29 46.03%
Pass me a barf bag! Only "natural" headstocks look good to me. 18 28.57%
Dude, it's your guitar...leave me out of it.... 16 25.40%
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Old October 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Custom-colord strats....matching headstock?

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?

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Old October 20th, 2006, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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...
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Old October 20th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 05:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Love those black headstocks with the lettering in white.

Most headstocks look boring with plain jane wood. IMO
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Old October 20th, 2006, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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...

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Old October 20th, 2006, 10:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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.)
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Old October 21st, 2006, 12:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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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!
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Old October 21st, 2006, 02:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old October 21st, 2006, 07:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 07:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 10:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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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?
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Old October 21st, 2006, 11:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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only looks good with a rosewood finger board. JMHO
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 12:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah but they sound better with the maple boards,JMHO.Muscicians friend sells this one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...5&src=3SOSWXXA
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 01:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah but the price tag on 95 and 96 modle is $975 to $1075. a lot less then CS 58 listed on musiciansfriend.com
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i think it its a rosewood neck, painted headstocks look ok

but maple has to be plain wood
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 08:30 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I don't have a problem with matching headstocks on maple. I think they look good.
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 02:51 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see it completely finished !

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Old October 22nd, 2006, 11:55 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 04:05 PM   #20 (permalink)
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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!

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