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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

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    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, switch....so 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?

    Tom

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    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!

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    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.

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  5. surfoverb

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    Fender neck=Fender decal. Whats the big deal? Putting your name on thier neck would be kind of weird IMO.
     
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    Funny they wouldn't include a couple decals as long as you are buying their neck?
     
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    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. :grin:
     
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    It's good to see someone around here with principles!!!

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    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
    unethical.
    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.
     
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    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.
     
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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"...

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    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.
     
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    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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    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 ;)
     
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    Much more fun to have your own "brand":

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    That's what I'm sayin' !

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    I had a old Ibanez strat copy that I put a What-a-caster sticker on.Nobody ever noticed.
     
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    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 guitar...do 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.
     
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    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.
     
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