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Headstock decal on a non Fender neck

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by tcarp, May 11, 2009.

  1. tcarp

    tcarp Tele-Holic

    Feb 1, 2009
    rockaway nj
    Assuming of course that it won't attempt to be passed off as an original neck, how do folks feel about using a Fender or just plain "Telecaster" decal on a scratchbuilt Tele or partscaster?

    I'm using a Fender licensed replacement neck from an a/m manufacturer and the headstock looks so naked. At the same time, my project will be using just a minimum of genuine Fender parts...misc hardware, pots, putting on a "Fender" decal would signal "fake" to myself or anyone who knows better, even if I don't plan on selling it.

    I was thinking about having a "Coral-caster" decal made but that seems kind of dorky. The other alternative is to get a "Fender Telecaster" made and just use the Telecaster part.

    What do you guys do?


  2. hamish5178

    hamish5178 Tele-Meister

    Jan 26, 2008
    If I built my own guitar, I'd put a Fender logo on it, I know that's controversial around here, but I just like the way they look, and think blank headstocks look dumb.

    I wouldn't be trying to fool anybody, if I went through the effort of building my own guitar, everyone would know!


  3. Mr. B

    Mr. B Tele-Meister

    Feb 27, 2008
    Canterbury - UK
    As far as I'm concerned, while the neck's in your possesion you can do whatever you like to it logo-wise, in the same way that a lot of people re-shape the headstocks of their non-Fender licensed necks to the trademarked Telecaster shape. It's only if you came to sell the thing with a Fender logo on that you'd get into dangerous territory.

    I agree that headstocks can look naked without a logo - you could always try designing one for yourself (it doesn't necessarily need to be confined to a "-----caster") just to give it an extra splash of individuality.
    Personally, I put a stylised version of my signature on the headstocks of guitars I build/assemble.

    Mr. B

    Mr. B
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  5. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Fender neck=Fender decal. Whats the big deal? Putting your name on thier neck would be kind of weird IMO.
  6. goldtopper

    goldtopper Friend of Leo's

    Dec 30, 2005
    Liberal Lakes
    Funny they wouldn't include a couple decals as long as you are buying their neck?

  7. Huh? This poster has already said the neck is not Fender.

    I think Coral Caster is a great name.

    I'm already lying to the ladies about my age, about my weight. I can't be lying about the genuineness of the neck on my guitar. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere. :D
  8. tcarp

    tcarp Tele-Holic

    Feb 1, 2009
    rockaway nj
    It's good to see someone around here with principles!!!

  9. Al Watsky

    Al Watsky Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 5, 2007
    New Jersey
    If I build a Tele and it has the licensed neck I put a logo on it.
    It looks correct and its not a misrepresentation of the product.
    In fact you are advertising for Fender.
    If you try to sell it as a "factory finished" product thats when things become
    If I part a clone together from a Fender body, pickguard, bridge , tuners , control plate,
    string tree, neck plate, pickups and put a AllParts neck on there which is Fender Japan, why would anyone object ?
    If on the other hand I represented that guitar as a "genuine" factory Fender and tried to sell it as such that would be wrong.
    If I'm playing my parts guitar and I'm being seen as playing a Fender product , its free advertising for them. I have the option of removing or covering their logo if I choose.
    If I don't ? They should cut us all a check for free marketing services.
    I was doin' a job last week, guy saw my 71' clone, said "hey what year's that" ,I said,"
    Its brand new, great job they do at Fender these days", he went away with a positive impression . Its a win win situation.
  10. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Don't licensed Fender necks have the same shape (headstock) as FMIC necks? I think if the headstock is shaped the same as a Fender Id use a Fender logo. If the neck is an original shape then use an original logo.
  11. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Austin, Texas
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    I agree that a decal-less headstock looks naked, but putting "Fender" on a homebrew strikes me as being SO unimaginative!

    I find much of the fun of a homebrew guitar is coming up with a cool decal! My old P-bass with the Warmoth Tele Bass neck had "Ernie Sharoncaster" (my parents' names) in the appropriate scripts (Brush and Arial, if I remember correctly).

    My present bass, "Hoss" (Fernandes Tele body with a Fender Musicmaster Bass neck) still has the Fender Musicmaster Bass decal, but if I was to reshape the headstock to the Tele shape, I'd probably make a new custom decal that said "Hoss"...

  12. Stuco

    Stuco Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 27, 2006
    Why not put a Ferden "coralcaster" decal on there? That way it won't likely be sold as a fender and most people wont notice anyway.
  13. kingofdogs1950

    kingofdogs1950 Tele-Meister

    Sep 10, 2006
    College Station, Texas
    The Muddycaster

    Fender Muddy Waters body and Allparts neck. Mixture of Fender and after-market parts. I think of it as a 'real' Fender Telecaster even though it is a partscaster with some non-Fender parts. I owned one of the MW reissues. Nice guitar as is the Muddy-caster.


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  14. scubadoo

    scubadoo Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 1, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I never understand this. If you want a neck with a Fender logo just buy a Fender neck off ebay. Probably cheaper than Allparts and the like anyway. Seems to be that putting a Fender logo on a non-Fender guitar is just vanity.

    Just my opinion though ;)
  15. Steinar G

    Steinar G RIP

    Oct 4, 2008
    Much more fun to have your own "brand":

  16. newtwanger

    newtwanger Blackguardian.

    Feb 11, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    That's what I'm sayin' !


  17. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Denver Co.
    I had a old Ibanez strat copy that I put a What-a-caster sticker on.Nobody ever noticed.
  18. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
  19. Lathem

    Lathem Tele-Meister

    Feb 9, 2008
    I'd think that putting one's own logo on a Fender headstock would be more vain. But that's neither here nor there.

    I'm firmly in the, "It's your with it whatever you like" camp. If you want to slap a Coca-Cola logo on your Les Paul or build a vintage Nocaster replica that's absolutely indistinguishable from the genuine article, it's perfectly fine with me.
  20. bigrinwv

    bigrinwv Tele-Meister

    Dec 28, 2006
    Logan, WV
    I'm totally inept at building anything..if I were able to build a nice guitar I'd sure as heck put a decal on it that identified me as the builder. I'm thinking something the size of a pickguard maybe but then those head stock decals are neat. I also just figured ot that I don't know how to spell decal. I keep wanting to put an "e" on the end of it, still feel like I should. Maybe I should have just spelled it both ways and then erybody woould think it it was a typo. No shame in tyos..ha ha.
  21. Bearer

    Bearer Tele-Meister

    Feb 13, 2009

    My camera is a crappy one, but the Quixotecaster turned out swimingly!
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