Replacing the decal on a '59 Esquire RI

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  1. markonmac

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    I bought a second-hand CS 1959 Esquire reissue a few months ago (from Reverb). I am totally in love with it. Either as part of the aging process or by other means, the decal on the headstock shows only the first and last letters of the word "Esquire" (and parts of the next letters). This bothers me a bit, so I ordered a waterslide decal through Etsy. (This was before I knew what "waterslide" meant.)

    The decal is on the way, but I am having second thoughts. Should I attempt this, and quite possibly make matters worse, or accept the "flaw"?

    I am the kind of person who wonders why anyone would alter a CS guitar (particularly functional alterations), yet here I am.

    What would you guys do in my situation? Thanks.

    Esquire.jpeg Esq decal.jpeg
     
  2. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'd replace it if it bothers you.
    Pretty simple fix, just sand that one off carefully with micro mesh coarse, apply the replacement and wipe some tru oil over it. You can apply tru oil over the whole front of headstock to build up and level by wet sanding or do the nitro thing. Both will look much the same.

    If it was mine i'd apply the new decal and tru oil over it. It's cheap and easy to do.
    If you think you will sell it down the track use nitro.
     
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  3. markonmac

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    Thank you, Chunkocaster. I appreciate your opinion and the tips on how to do it.


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    My pleasure, just be careful you don't sand through the finish beneath the decal. It might change the tint of the headstock and you will then need to match it. Wet sanding with micro mesh is the safest way to remove it and level sand over the replacement when done working your way through the different grades until glossy, then polish.
     
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    Install a neck pickup :p
     
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    If the guitar is real ... And you can authenticate it ... I believe Fender will send you a replacement ...otherwise do what you want ...
     
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    S'cuse me, but it looks like the decal is "over" the finish, as was the custom back in... some of the early years.

    If so, no sanding required. Just warm water wet, and work the decal off. Slide the new one on like putting the numbers on a Revell racecar kit, and you're good to go.
     
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    I kinda like the relic'd logo...
     
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    I too have a CS esquire, except mine is a 57 model. I confirm there is no finish over the decal on mine.

    My decal has started to worn off too, essentially because the top of the « R » from Fender had been applied a little over the tuning peg bushing. Thus the decal was slightly lifted at a corner, and some air found a way under it. Now it tends to peal off when I rub the headstock.

    I personally would not do anything to yours, as I won’t on mine. It’s coherent with the light relic’ing from the factory.
     
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    PS: very very cool looking Esquire you’ve got! Seems to have gold hardware right?
     
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    I agree dont sand. It must not be coated if it's coming off that easy. Also, just re decal the Esquire not the whole thing.
     
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    I think you're right. I'm kinda hoping I can just peel it. Thanks.
     
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    I've already asked for and received the Shop Floor Traveler from Fender, so it's authentic. I hadn't thought of asking for a replacement decal. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks. Yes the hardware is gold.
     
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    Good idea. The "Fender" section is okay as is. Thanks.
     
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    That's one reason I'm conflicted. I kinda do, too.
     
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    Uh, That's why I bought it. Or were you joshing? o_O
     
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    I am becoming more inclined to agree with you. Thanks, EsquireBoy!
     
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    Then maybe a coat of Tru Oil over the headstock face!
     
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    I would not put some random decal from etsy on a real custom shop guitar. Either leave it as it is or ask fender for a replacement. When you go to sell or trade it, the first red flag is going to be the fake Fender decal.
     
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